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.
Here are my top 5 movies for 2015:
5. Star Wars: Force Awakens – JJ thank you for re-kindling the excitement for a galaxy far away…
4. Bridges of Spies – This movie marks the return of Steven Spielberg to high form.
3. Inside Out – A brilliant and emotional screen representation of what goes up in our brains.
2. Mad Max: Furry Road – Probably the best action film ever. I was mesmerized not only by its nimble and sharp script but also by the fact that it is a story about redemption that plays against the backdrop of stunning visuals and exhilarating action sequences. Absolutely Brilliant!
1. The Revenant – This movie is an achievement in film making.
There are plenty of movies that were release in 2015 that I haven’t seen like Slow West, Creed, Sicario, The Walk, and in the Heart of the Sea among others…I just noticed that The Martian didn’t make my list but it was a fun movie to watch.
Premise 1: The imagination is the most powerful force in human nature for good or for evil.
Premise 2: Of all the art forms in our culture cinema is the one that most powerfully uses the imagination.
Conclusion: Therefore cinema has the most power the most potential for good or evil of all art forms in our culture.
Musings about why Christian can’t make good films.