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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Beware of false prophets. Even those misled by evil spirits might still have a conscience and the chance to do the right thing.
Positive Role Models
Humans care deeply for their loved ones and experience grief and pain at their loss. Some humans opt to help others in need, even at peril to themselves.
Set in Barcelona, Spain; characters are Spanish, British, German, and Mexican and speak multiple languages. The character from Mexico has immigrated to Spain. The main female lead is a psychiatrist and author who has agency.
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Violence & Scariness
Extremely violent. The story revolves around spirits that, upon sight, motivate people to kill themselves. People -- including children -- do this in all manner of ways, and the film graphically shows characters slicing their necks, hanging themselves, lighting themselves on fire, banging their heads through windows, and more. Dead bodies are seen all over the city with remnants of how they killed themselves (including rat poison). There are chases, crashes, jumps, explosions, bloody fights, stabbings, and people getting run over by buses and trains or bitten by dogs. A character's eyes are scarred over. Two young girls form part of the central cast under constant threat. People suffer the grief of losing loved ones, and they hear their voices.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man caught his wife cheating. But they still love each other, and they share a kiss.
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"F--k," "s--t," "hell," "a--hole," "son of a bitch" all appear frequently (but not constantly) in the English subtitles of the U.S. release.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bird Box Barcelona is a Spanish spin-off of the 2018 sci-fi thriller based on the novel by Josh Malerman. It changes the location and some plot and character points from the original film but has similar levels of tension and graphic violence. Children are among those in peril or killed, and the tale revolves around spirits that, upon sight, motivate people to kill themselves. Characters slice their necks, hang themselves, light themselves on fire, bang their heads through windows, and more. Dead bodies are seen all over the city, and people die in chases, crashes, jumps, explosions, fights, and stabbings, and by getting run over by buses and trains or bitten by dogs. People experience constant grief over the loss of loved ones. Language (in English subtitles for U.S. release) includes frequent use of words like "f--k," "s--t," "hell," "a--hole," and "son of a bitch." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
You don't have to have watched Sandra Bullock-led Bird Box to be interested in this intense spin-off; coming in new might actually heighten the suspense. Bird Box Barcelona relocates the action to Spain, depleting the titular city of all color to create a brownish-grey post-apocalyptic setting. The new location, international cast (led by popular Spanish actor Casas and other locally recognizable actors), story and character alterations, and amplification of Catholic iconography (including a villainous priest played by Argentine veteran Leonardo Sbaraglia) could all provide new points of interest for viewers. But they'll quickly discover that the main ideas and graphic, aim-to-shock violence are still here. How can people kill themselves? Let this film count the ways.
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