In John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place, the earth has been invaded by violent predators that are blind, hunt by sound and look like the offspring of a demogorgon from Stranger Things and the alien from Predator.

The opening scene takes us to a small town where Lee and Evelyn Abbott (played by Krasinski and his real life wife, Emily Blunt) are foraging for supplies with their three children. The barefoot family walks quietly through the town, communicating through sign language, facial expressions and gestures that make it clear that in the Abbott’s world, silence is the key to survival… a survival that is threatened when it becomes evident that Evelyn Abbott is pregnant.

While A Quiet Place contains very little actual dialogue between the Abbotts, the film is anything but quiet. Human speech and the noises that we are so often accustom to are replaced with the subtle sounds of nature and the world around us: the babbling of a stream, the whistling of the wind and the scattering of the leaves. The lack of speech draws the viewer into the film and compels one to listen all the more intently to what make be lurking in the distance… all while fixating us on every facial expression and body movement the Abbotts make.

A Quiet Place is a story of how loss and guilt can lead us to forgiveness and love, and a leaves the viewer with the question, “What are you willing to sacrifice in order to protect the ones you love?”

Richard Carwile
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