From time to time Hollywood gets it and gets right. A Quite Place represents Hollywood as its best. John Kransinski, the co-writer and director, provides a coherent thriller that appeals to our visceral instincts for survival as well as our inner most calling for self-sacrificial love. A Quite Place tells the story of a family’s struggles for survival in a world overrun by creatures that hunt by sound.
A Quite Place does not lack suspense or scary parts, there are plenty, but that is not what makes the movie stand out. What makes it stand out is something that Hollywood often neglects in its story and that is its appeal to universally shared values. At its core, A Quite Place is a film about family and parenthood. It does not preach but shows the unquenchable love that parents have for their children. At a deeper level, it reminds the audience that family it’s the foundation of any civilization. That in as long as there is the building unit of the family there is the simples form of society upon which civilizations can emerge.
At the end, the film was not about scary monsters. It was about something real, far more powerful than any creature real or imagine, it was about the power of love that unites a family.