‘A Quiet Place’ earned 50 million dollars in its opening weekend, as thousands of people flooded movie theaters to escape the noise of American culture.
Writer/Director John Krasinski’s film immediately immerses us in America 2020, a Utopian Nation of Silence. Although we never find out what caused the downfall of jabber, we are left to assume that the Universe has had enough of our shit, and sent man-eating alien bugs to kill anyone who thinks they have something meaningful to say.
Our heroes are Lee (Krasinski) and Evelyn Abbot (Emily Blunt), two young parents just trying to teach their children to be seen not heard. “Shh,” Lee tells his oldest daughter, played by the wonderfully quiet Millicent Simmonds, “nobody cares about what you have to say.”
Though the film is blissfully silent for ninety-five percent of the script, there are moments when the people just can’t help but speak, and are therefore [justifiably] killed for it. When will we learn that our commentary doesn’t matter? Krasinki’s film suggests that we never will. But unlike the real world, there are alien bugs that take care of old white men shouting in the woods.