Horror   (lite)


       A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place (2018) PG-13

Starring: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Marcus Cad

Writers: John Kasinski, Bryan Woods, Scott Beck

Director: John Kasinski

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

This unusual "lite" horror/thriller film may not be "family friendly" in the traditional sense--due to some scary monster scenes (unless the children are teens)--but there are some laudable family values displayed throughout the movie worth emulating--unconditional love, forgiveness, sacrifice, putting your children before yourself and teaching them to survive in a hostile world.

The world situation is bleak--another dystopian landscape. Scene one opens with the Abbott family quietly scavenging for things in an abandoned store. Silence is a priority since alien creatures with extraordinary auditory sensitivities lurk everywhere and will arrive in seconds at any loud noises, which we discover rather quickly. 

Yet, despite the horrendous pressure to be quiet, these parents, Lee and Evelyn Abbott (played by husband and wife team in real life John Krasinski and Emily Blunt) keep a sense of family. They play Monopoly; they hold hands around the table with their children (which could be for silent prayer or simply for family solidarity); and they slow dance as a couple, when their children are in bed, listening to their favorite songs  through headphones.

Even Evelyn getting pregnant does not seem to phase them but foreshadows troubles to come. As a viewer, you cannot imagine how they can possibly keep a baby quiet consistently. Apparently, they have plans but when Evelyn's water breaks early when she is alone at home--let's say things get a little tense.

Fortunately, the dad has worked out some emergency procedures, but everyone has to do their part to activate them. Most of the movie shows the day-to-day family routines. Lee takes his fearful son to go fishing and explains that as long as there is a louder sound they can talk together. For example, he tells his son to yell while they are underneath a waterfall. Meanwhile, the oldest daughter Regan, who is deaf, feels unloved by her dad because of a grave mistake she made at the onset of the alien invasion. 

Regan learns later just how much her dad really loves her. All in all this is a relatively tame "horror" story. I saw it more as a family story with a little horror.The focus is not on the monsters but on a loving family trying to retain their love and dignity in the midst of unspeakable circumstances. There are no gory scenes except for a small,  furry animal getting squashed like a bug (you wonder how the thing could have lasted so long). 

Unfortunately, monsters do exist in the real world--both demons who want to kill, rob, and destroy us and also humans who have aligned themselves with the latter entities' dark schemes--either consciously or subconsciously. The truth of the Bible is we do not have to live in constant fear but as long as we submit to God we can "resist the devil" and he will flee from us (James 4:7). David also writes in Psalm 23 that "He (God) prepares a table for us in the midst of our enemies..." What I took away from this movie was: it is an awesome responsibility to care and protect our children and also...don't give up the fight no matter what the odds are against you.