Similarities Between COVID-19 & Netflick ‘Birdbox’

It is truly riveting to witness how cinema and movie productions can predict the future. Not only cinema but any form of art – literature, canvas, television may foretell future occurrences. This article will explore the way that the 2018 film, Birdbox relates to the current pandemic that started to impact the world in early 2020. 

It is difficult to ignore the way that an airborne virus (COVID-19) resembles the airborne madness in Birdbox. While Birdbox involves physical affliction from vision, COVID is obviously contracted through breathing in affected particles. Birdbox seems much more extreme in the sense that contracting “The Problem” causes immediate hysteria and suicidal behavior.

How They Relate

The way that I found this similar to the current pandemic deals with those who have those “underlying conditions.” People who kill themselves everyday through overeating, smoking or sedentary lifestyles are more likely to die if they catch COVID. Thus, their previous [suicidal] tendencies put them in harm’s way.

Also, in Birdbox there is a certain sense of security gained by wearing a blindfold or covering eyes when traveling in areas that might host the airborne problem. In modern reality, people possess a sense of security when they wear their mask indoors. 

Rather than conducting their own research and thinking for themselves, many people [blindly] follow the mandates handed down by the government. For better or for worse, plenty of people refuse to make independent decisions and would rather be led around by the nose.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO WEAR A MASK OUTSIDE. Viral particles disperse effectively outside. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO WEAR A MASK WHILE YOU ARE ALONE IN YOUR CAR.


This movie increased awareness and appreciation for those who are blind, deaf, disabled or disadvantaged. It often made the viewer think about how it might be to live without sight and what it might be like to move based upon auditory perception. It also exhibited a great appreciation for nature, specifically birds as they helped to predict impending doom.

It also used the element of foreshadowing in a very interesting manner. Normally, foreshadowing takes place once or twice throughout a film. In Birdbox, there were flashbacks, flashforwards and sporadic usage of foreshadowing that broke the typical norm for movies. 

It was rather interesting to see how some people survived this airborne illness in the movie Birdbox. Some citizens were ill-equipped to handle the mania and went berzerk immediately into modes of self-destruction. But, there were others who were able to utilize and harness the apocalyptic energy to try and convert others to “see.” It was tough to decipher between the two types of people throughout the film.

Finally, it was impossible to ignore the direct resemblance between the boat going down the river and the final stage of classic game, “Oregon Trail.” All in all, this movie displayed great survival tactics, decent entertainment value and a very heartfelt happy ending. 

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