Earthquake Bird (2019) - Crime, Drama, Mystery

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An enigmatic translator with a dark past is brought in for questioning after an ex-pat friend, who came between her and her photographer boyfriend, ends up missing and presumed dead.

IMDB: 5.9
Director: Wash Westmoreland
Stars: Alicia Vikander, Kiki Sukezane
Length: 107 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 49 out of 160 found boring (30.62%)

One-line Reviews (129)

A slow burn to a full on fire.

Far too many pointless scenes.

Thoroughly engrossing, atmospheric and refreshingly different film with a beautiful and forbidding soundtrack.

If you're looking for a thriller, or wit, or anything other than a story that echos the muddy, slow beat of the tell-tale heart...

It's so disjointed and about half of the story makes sense, the other half doesn't at all.

The first forty minutes or so were a bit of a challenge, it took a long time to open up, but when it does it becomes a very absorbing watch.

Save your time and just skip this poorly made boring film.

It meanders into a slow fest of physcological rubbish, by the time it nears the end you just don't care.

Earthquake Bird is a slow burn thriller.

Inviting the viewer to a slow dance around the contemporary japan.

Well worth watching!

Great movie, keeps you on the edge from start to end.

At times the cinematic views were breathtaking.

I do like slow movies if they like "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...

You will still be trying to figure out all these questions long after you left the theater.

I found this movie to be way to slow and anticlimactic, which is how I ended up being bored.

While it is meant to help with the atmospheric setup, it kinda got dull at times.

Really really slow start and messing script and pace.

We were watching from Lucy's point of view, everything about her is dull, she's hallucinating most of the time because of her guilt, her need for connection and anxiety.

A movie where nothing happens and it's just boring

The love triangle plot was somehow the most intense I've ever seen.

The hallucination scene of Lucy also very confusing and annoying!

The actors try hard hence the 3 stars but it's so slow and the direction is like a TV movie.

Earthquake Bird is a well done intense psychological thriller.

It's an odd murder mystery/love story, with compelling cinematography, delicately effective lighting and a constant undercurrent of subtle tension.

A knockout sleeper that will sink, probably because of the mix of Japanese and English, but I really enjoyed it.

slow and boring .

It might seem slow for some people who are not that accustomed by Drama Films.

Entire film quite slow and bored!

I don't understand some of the negative comments here - maybe they are just used to action heroes in car chases, good cop/bad cop, punching and shooting and hence found this too slow.

In this racy, engaging psychological love story, we're presented with many themes that cover a broad spectrum of emotions, a story of a love tringle infused with a unique Asian feel to it perfectly showcased by its lead star, Vikander along with a very solid cast sway back and forth in a slow burn format that works most of the time and it can be argued that's it's essential at times, what sticks out is the visual storytelling as the cinematography plays a role itself and it helps set a somber mood which helps with the story.

Like a pot of tea, Earthquake Bird started out very slow and with each scene ripple upon ripple intensified to a boiling climax.

But for those who love slow burns it would be a Pleasant surprise.

This got me thinking, aside from a 'slow burn' progression of plot, which didn't exactly bother me as it might have the majority of viewers.

It is really slow and boring, and then nothing happens.

Just slow, a bit predictable and the finish is a bit underwhelming.


I've created my IMDB account simply to add a better review to this movie because I am simply baffled and saddened by all the negative reviews from the critics - rating this movie as a mediocre failing b-movie when it has stellar performances, beautiful shots, nostalgic aesthetic, and an intriguing story.

I stumbled across this while surfing through Netflix for something new and intriguing.

I slowly immersed myself in the atmosphere and really enjoyed it.

Boring and forgettable story.

Why is she interested in the boring guy.

The entire movie was just stunning and emotional - you could feel the intensity building until it burst.

Boring .

Acting was horrible, extremely boring and shallow plot.

Thus.., what we can take away, (on the heels of yet another unpursued trailhead.. (an intriguing remark by the sagely detective).. is that, while we DO all live in the isolation of our own uniquely fabricated realities (where one COULD either be an inexplicably eccentric photographer OR merely a demented serial killer).. one should at bare minimum never lose sight of their local building codes.

I personally found Earthquake Bird to be thought-provoking, compelling and enjoyable with a lingering presence.

Way too slow .

Every moment, every scene was engaging since the very beginning.

This is a fascinating, slow burning, combination of psychological piece combined with a mystery.

It is a slowly paced film.

If you are looking for a snooze fest, this will be the film for you.

Absolutely a slow burn.

Its a interesting story but kind of dragged out a little too much.


Quite Boring Actually...

If you're fine with Slow buildups and have special attachments with Character studies.

Aside from that, the ending is rewarding and redeems the main character which makes the movie worth watching.

That aside, I think it was an awesome thriller and it kept me on the edge of the seat.

And all but our protagonist happen to be uninteresting one dimensional characters with no real lasting impression.

But the director doesn't want to surprise with the end of the film, he wants to make the way to the end as intense, captivating and atmospheric as possible.

The film is dull, dialogues are trite.

Unfortunately, despite the intriguing setup the movie fails to make use of it.

Just a very slow and dull story, uninteresting characters, and no real answer to what happened to the missing girl.

A classic predictable suspense movie .

It's a slow build hit them starts moving really well.

what an appallingly bland, wooden performance.

sadly the story and screenplay are a load of old rot and left me totally empty and unfazed.

And if the scenario and casting inadequate about forcing you to consider if something is real, its getting boring and overwhelming to watch.

It's a slow burn, half way through the movie I had to stop and take a break.

Worth the watch .

If you're a fan of long, pregnant pauses where the main character stares soulfully into the middle distance while nothing happens and nothing much is said, you might enjoy this.

Pacing was great and created the perfect suspenseful and ominous tone.

Worth the watch; you won't regret it.

I dont understand why anybody should watch this movie.. it is very slow and consequitevely boring..

The characters are tedious.

If you do watch it, I suggest doing so with a big cup of strong, black coffee because without one, you could fall asleep, too.

It is flat out boring with a thin plot, the characters are one dimensional, and the direction is slow and dull which fails to hit its mark.

Intriguing .

Honestly, I fell asleep.

The plot mostly arounds 3 character and its vry slow moving..really u shld have good patience to watch this film

And yes, as other reviewers points out, the story goes very slow, and they reveal the bare bones much much later, so sometimes it's a little difficult to follow and understand what's happening.

Condensing this review to a few sentences, I can say that the only real problem of the film was that it was building up to something very different, but the ending kind of felt out of nowhere and cliche.

This film has depth and conveys a more profound meaning, which gives it a gripping factor that's hard to miss out on.

Engrossing psychological thriller .

Too slow, not intense and bored!

It's a little slow but you quickly get immersed in its atmosphere since almost every shot is beautiful to the eye.

The culture of Japan was engrossing.

The plot is boring and forgettable.

Lot of slow sleepy silent and not a lot happening.

The narrative's pace is too slow to be suspenseful.

Stylish and compelling - ignore the critics .

However, the pace is very slow, and the story is quite a let down.

One Of The Worst Movies .

Interesting but so slow .

Yes, it's a slow movie - so be prepared.

It was so engrossing.

The plot setup is okay in itself and what keeps you watching is Alicia Vikander, who delivers a mature and at times intense performance as a girl suffering psychological trauma due to her situation.

Boring .

Slow, confusing burn .

Earthquake Bird is a very different film, it's not exactly what I was expecting having seen a trailer, but I enjoyed it.

Way too slow, boring and no susbstance at all.

This has to be one of the worst movies I have ever watched.

Boring, meaningless .

Seriously though, the acting is bad, the characters are boring and the story is as predictable as it can be.

)Cinematography was beautiful, colours and atmosphere were awesome, soundtrack was thrilling, acting was superb, especially Alicia Vikander.

Even on fast forward this movie is slow and dreary and dull.

There are intriguing shots of Tokyo, night and day.

Just an other pointless Netflix movie.. .

Stunning performances, moody pictures, atmospheric score all add up to what is ultimately a tense, satisfying, psychological thriller.

The story is a slow, methodical reveal of a mystery.

Slow and Boring .

It could have a been an interesting study of obsession and deranged eroticism, and on some levels it is, but it's also very slow.

gets somewhat suspenseful....

Gripping and stylish.

If it was reduced to 25 minutes it might be more interesting but it would probably still be slow.

It was just interesting enough for me to watch the whole movie but it was so, so very slow.

A filler 2 hour movie rather than one that I found to be enjoyable in any way.

The film has good photography, good acting, but it's very boring and predictable.

If you want a fast paced thriller with dramatic twists and turns, this is not the movie for you.

Whilst the pace of the film is slow, Alicia Vikander is phenomenal as Lily, holding you at the edge of your seat as her mental state slowly crumbles.

Beautiful, SLOW, and haunting .

It plods along at a snail's pace.

Such a waste of time, this movie is so overrated here, it should be at 3-4 stars tops.

Worth Watching .

So very slow .

Slow, enigmatic and a touch Hitchcockian, this is an interesting mystery - is it her or isn't it - with another first class turn by Vikander.

Still a good (but slow) film.

Slow crime thriller movie...