A Quiet Place

This week’s film is more appropriate for older viewers.

In a not-too-distant future, the world is overrun by deadly blind monsters that find their prey using their super-evolved sense of hearing. So if you don’t want you or your loved ones to wind up as monster food, you are forced to remain as quiet as possible, all day, everyday.

This is quite a contrast to our modern reality, where it’s easy to take for granted just how much constant noise bombards us and perhaps distracts us without us even noticing. Noise from our phones, our televisions, our computers, endlessly battling for a bit of our attention.

While the threat of being quickly devoured for making noise hardly makes your resulting need for quiet a very peaceful experience, it certainly forces you to change your perspectives about everything you do. When making even a little noise attracts monsters, you’re forced to figure out exactly what’s important in your life so that you can decide what’s worth risking it.

A Quiet Place follows the story of a small family struggling to survive under these delicate conditions. And this is made even more challenging for them by having to care for one of the noisiest types of humans in the world: a baby.

Add some emotional backstory and family relationship tension, and you’ve got a suspenseful edge-of-your-seat thriller with some heart. (And if you manage to survive, keep your voice down; the sequel comes out next month.)

Runtime: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Rated PG-13
USCCB rating: A-III
96% on Rotten Tomatoes
IMDb Parents Guide