ANDY’S RATING: In cinemas on Thursday
IN April’s A Quiet Place we nervously watched a pregnant Emily Blunt tiptoe around a farm to avoid ravenous blind monsters with super-sharp hearing.
Now, a pregnant Sandra Bullock is blindfolded to avoid invisible creatures that induce visions making people want to kill themselves. Sadly, I didn’t get in much of a flap watching Susanne Bier’s Netflix-produced horror which makes its home streaming debut on December 21.
The Danish director won the 2011 Foreign Language Oscar for her drama In A Better World but she can’t milk enough scares out of novelist Josh Malerman’s scary premise.
After most of humanity has committed suicide, Bullock’s Malorie is holed up in a suburban home with a diverse group of survivors played by John Malkovich, Trevante Rhodes, Sarah Paulson, Jacki Weaver and Lil Rel Howery.
As this mismatched group struggle to feed and protect themselves, Bier keeps cutting to future scenes of Malorie and two children trying to navigate a boat down a river. As they are all wearing blindfolds this is a lot trickier than it sounds.
Bullock is excellent and there are a couple of tense moments, but horror fans will feel short-changed in terms of shocks and chills.