Editor’s note: This story about A Quiet Place contains spoilers.
Imagine being part of a college screenwriting class where the assignment involves writing a movie about a child-less and baby-less world – that is, a society where pregnancies are terminated, no questions asked.
The professor then adds one stipulation: It must be a thriller.
It’s a difficult task that eludes you for several days, until you wake up one morning with an idea. Your movie will tell the story of eye-less monsters who have ultra-sensitive ears. Instead of attacking and killing creatures they see, these blind monsters attack and kill anything they hear.
Thus, anyone who wants to survive must live a radically quiet life. This means no more creaks in the floor and no more slamming of doors, but it also means no more children on the playground or kids in the yard.
And, finally, it means no more babies, who cry when they’re hungry, when they’re tired, and when they just want to be held. What sane person would bring a baby into the world when it means certain death?
Of course, you don’t have to wait years for this plot to make it to the big screen, although the version in theaters has a dramatically different twist.
It’s the storyline of the hit movie A Quiet Place (PG-13), which tells about a very sane couple, Lee and Evelyn Abbott (played by John Krasinski and Emily Blunt), who spit in the face of modern logic and pro-choice sense by getting pregnant and then bringing a baby into this deadly, monster-filled world.
The movie surprised Hollywood by finishing No. 1 on opening weekend with an impressive $50 million gross and landed in the top three its first five weekends.
Perhaps A Quiet Place wasn’t intended to promote a pro-life message. Most likely, a pregnancy and a baby were inserted into the story simply to add tension and drama. It worked. Still, it’s difficult to watch A Quiet Place and not see life-affirming messages. Here are three.