In spite of my love for dystopia and The Twilight Zone, I am not a horror movie person. Being scared out of my mind with images that rival or exceed my worst nightmares is not my idea of fun.
But I went to see A Quiet Place anyway. And I am glad I did.
We went to the late showing. I sat next to my 11-year-old granddaughter whom I have cultivated over the years with Twilight Zone episodes. I love the storytelling. She thrives on the suspense and quirky stories. Not surprisingly, she handled the tension better than I did.
Yet the characters, acting, and unique allegory made my stress worthwhile. The film is beautiful both in its cinematography and in its message.
The movie presents one family striving to remain alive and protect each other in the wake of a predatory alien invasion. The most memorable line comes when the mother says to the father, “Who are we if we can’t protect them?”
In a world where danger is abundant and sudden, it would seem that death might be simply a matter of time. Much of the world has already died as the humans failed to rid the world of the creatures who are blind but have acute hearing–hence the need for silence.
The daughter is deaf. What may have seemed a hardship before the invasion has provided the family with a built-in form of protection–the means of silent communication through sign language.
In spite of their plight, the parents work hard to teach the children–survival skills, math, and even poetry–preparing them for a future that is uncertain at best. Yet preparing them anyway.
Christian motifs and themes abound. Forgiveness, hope, grace, mercy, and self-sacrificial love unfold in abundance. Yet, the story never feels contrived. The characters are human–real–complex.
Robert Barron calls the movie “the most unexpectedly religious film of the year.”
“Their farming is by hand; their fishing is done with pre-modern equipment; even their walking about is done barefoot. And what is most marvelous to behold is that, in this prayerful, quiet, pre-modern atmosphere, even with the threat of imminent death constantly looming, a generous and mutually self-sacrificing family flourishes.”
It’s not Swiss Family Robinson. It’s much more.
Even if horror isn’t your thing.
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