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A Quiet Place:
A Review

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John Krasinksi, probably best known as Jim in the long-running television series The Office, is the director and star of a unique 2018 horror film called A Quiet Place. Krasinki breaks from his typical casting as a smirking “soy boy” to play a gruff and serious survivalist in this post-apocalyptic drama. The film shows us what the world would be like if Earth became infested with monsters who attack any sound louder than a certain unspecified decibel level. These monsters are numerous and they move with lightning speed. The film begins after most of the human population has already been destroyed.

The only characters in A Quite Place are a family, two parents, and their children. Krasinki plays the father. This family has managed to survive because their daughter is deaf, and thus they were adept at knowing how to communicate without sound through the use of sign language. Almost all of the dialogue in the film is in sign language (subtitled for the audience) and very quiet whispers. This makes it an unusual and tense viewing experience. The audience becomes aware of every tiny noise, and there is constant tension as various scenarios play out with the possibility that some kind of loud noise might occur, causing a monster to show up at any moment.

The story arc is typical of the monster movie genre. We understand early on that these monsters exist, yet they are rarely seen at first, although slowly, as the situation grows more dire, the full horror of their appearance is made manifest. Analogous examples include Steven Spielberg’s Jaws and Ridley Scott’s Alien. The most compelling plot point is that the mother of the family is pregnant, and as the day when she will give birth draws near, the fear of what might happen is heightened.

Without question, A Quiet Place succeeds as a well-crafted tale and a masterwork of suspense. It is utterly terrifying, but it avoids being gruesome or disgusting, unlike so many other horror films. As a piece of science fiction, it is not the kind of movie that presents challenging ideas. It is not overtly political. Whereas other stories of survival often bring together a diverse group of characters forced to work out their identity issues under distressing circumstances, this film avoids that entirely by having all of the characters be part of the same family. Their identities are intrinsically tied to one another in the most basic way possible.

Of course there are conflicts between the characters, but there is ultimately a prevailing sense of harmony between them. This is particularly felt because they have a special language by which they communicate and which has allowed them to survive. Their unity and their ability to work together and sacrifice are shown to be their most important values, above any sense of individuality. In one compelling scene, the wife makes the husband promise that he will do whatever is necessary to protect the children. There was never any doubt that he would, but this helps to emphasize the purpose of family. As we would say at Counter-Currents, the race must go on. Our people must survive.

My guess is that Krasinski would prefer not to have his film interpreted in racial terms, and would rather have it viewed as a presentation of universal themes, in which the family could theoretically be of any race surviving under these circumstances. Indeed, it is a simple story. We never find out why these monsters appeared or where they came from. Nevertheless, there is something distinctly white about the aesthetic presentation of how the family survives. They secure a farm and live an agrarian lifestyle that is reminiscent of that of the majority of Americans when the country was still ninety percent white.

If we wanted to stretch the film’s meaning a bit further, it should be pointed out that the monsters look like aliens from another planet. Simply put, this movie is about a white family trying to survive an alien invasion, and if they speak up, they are attacked and killed. Thus they must remain silent and learn to adapt to the conditions imposed upon them by their oppressors. Doesn’t this sound like the plight of white Americans today?

If anything, A Quiet Place is refreshing because it is a break from the constant preachiness that is so typical in entertainment media these days. It is probably the sort of movie you will want to see in theaters. The audio is subtle and requires an immersive environment in order to get the full experience. While I am glad I saw it, everything about it was so intense that it was physically uncomfortable at times. It’s not the type of thing that I would watch repeatedly.

On the other hand, if you live in an urban area and the only nearby movie theater is one frequented by noisy blacks, it might be a waste of time. Luckily for me, even though the theater where I saw it was quite full, the audience was comprised almost entirely of whites and Asians. For the most part, everyone seemed to be holding their breath simultaneously, occasionally gasping or crying out at the same moments. And yet there is so little sound in the movie that every squeak of a chair or rustle of a popcorn bag felt like an assault on the senses. I can only imagine how annoying it would be in a theater filled with Negroes.

Although it is by no means the worst of what our people have to face, noisy Negroes at the movies are just one of the little things to which we have to adapt and cannot speak out about. One wonders how bad it has to get before white wives begin urging their husbands to promise that they will do whatever is necessary to protect their children. If this film is any indication, it means that things have to get pretty bad. Let’s hope all the soy boys turn into survivalists soon.

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  1. GithYankee
    Posted April 17, 2018 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    I didn’t actually enjoy the film very much, however, the idea that the plot was a metaphor for silence under the Frankfurt regime is very clear (to us, if not the filmmaker). It’s interesting the best movies for Whites lately have been this very simple, apolitical plotting. Dunkirk is another fine example, John Wick another.
    Perhaps the zeitgeist is the rejection of irony, satire and sarcasm – at least one can hope.

  2. Posted April 17, 2018 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    It’s always good to hear about films acting as cultural metaphors for the Invasion. Given current prohibitions against thinking bad thoughts, it is through such cultural artifacts that white society expresses its collective anxiety.

    With Wakanda Mania subsiding, and “Get Out” a distant memory, the #TooManyWhitePeople hive-mind is pivoting towards direct anti-white hatred. In The New Yorker, Richard Brody writes on “The Silently Regressive Politics of “A Quiet Place”:

    The noise of “A Quiet Place” is the whitest since the release of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”; as horror films go, it’s the antithesis of “Get Out,” inasmuch as its symbolic realm is both apparently unconscious and conspicuously regressive.

    “A Quiet Place” is the story of a white family living in rustic isolation that’s reduced to silence…

    The one sole avowed identity of the Abbott parents is as their children’s defenders; their more obvious public identity is as a white rural family. The only other people in the film, who are more vulnerable to the marauding creatures, are white as well. In their enforced silence, these characters are a metaphorical silent—white—majority, one that doesn’t dare to speak freely for fear of being heard by the super-sensitive ears of the dark others. It’s significant that when characters—two white men—commit suicide-by-noisemaking, they do so by howling as if with rage, rather than by screeching or singing or shouting words of love to their families. (Those death bellows are the wordless equivalent of “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!”) Whether the Abbotts’ insular, armed way of life might put them into conflict with other American families of other identities is the unacknowledged question hanging over “A Quiet Place,” the silent horror to which the movie doesn’t give voice.

    Or, perhaps the metaphorical silence of “A Quiet Place” simply alludes to the difference between the Sunday afternoon tranquility of, say, the Hamptons vs. the not-so-silent Sunday raucous of the South Bronx.

    BTW, I almost almost done with the Netflix documentary “Wild Wild Country”, which I highly recommend for WNs. There are many parallels with today’s Invasion, when a small white town is invaded by The Other and their very different value system. As the events unfold, we get a glimpse of how things may unfold in the future.

    • Greg Johnson
      Posted April 17, 2018 at 9:05 am | Permalink

      Please write a review.

    • Claus Brinker
      Posted April 17, 2018 at 9:57 am | Permalink

      Thanks for pointing out this New Yorker piece. Apparently just trying exist and not speak up is also a reason to attack whites.

  3. Doug Huntington
    Posted April 17, 2018 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    A Quiet Place is an excellent film, glad to see it reviewed here. You all should go out and see it in theaters if you can for the full experience as Claus Brinker reccomends.

  4. Neanderthal Ears
    Posted April 17, 2018 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    A world where the noisy are swiftly obliterated sounds like paradise to me.

    For me the horror is the constant, and constantly escalating, noises of unmoored, confused, unsettled, twitchy, angry, frightened humanity. I view it as a feature of human domestication–the noises of the city-hive, where people must become loud to be heard at all. And soon make noise to assure themselves of their existence. Like the TVs in a hospital or elders’ rehab home.

    Hive-bound humans beset by all manner of noises might consider quiet to be “horror.” I don’t.

    I walk in the woods at night a lot. I learned as a child to walk silently. You feel the ground with your feet and transfer your weight slowly. With senses retuned to the nightwoods you can hear and sometimes see the many creatures moving there. They shy from noise too.

    The worst horror I ever felt in a movie theater was many years ago. It was when that THX audio pre-trailer ran. The very loud one. I never went back to the movies after that. I sensed movies had become beyond grotesque. They had become a venue for grabbing humans by the instincts and shaking us till we complied.

  5. MartinA
    Posted April 18, 2018 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    Thank you for this review. I dont watch movies anymore because their manipulations are repulsive to me. So it is always nice to find out about a watchable movie.

  6. Peter Quint
    Posted April 19, 2018 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    It’s a Lovecraftian story! The universe is filled with entities that are more intelligent, dangerous, and violent than humanity; on the scale of things humanity is inconsequential, and insignificant. There are no benign entities that will take humanity’s part, and we had better hope that other races never notice us.

    • Othmar
      Posted April 23, 2018 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

      .. and that is the truth, in the grand schemes of this Universe we are little more than ants our passing would hardly be noticed and if it was noticed it might even be cheered

      • Peter Quint
        Posted April 25, 2018 at 10:14 am | Permalink

        That’s interesting, it reminds me of what Powers Booth said to Nick Nolte in “Extreme Prejudice;” “There is no right, or wrong–just choices. We are just ants crawling around in the after-birth of creation.” My memory of this quotation might be a little off, but you get the idea. Watch the movie if you have not, it is excellent.

    • Othmar
      Posted April 23, 2018 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

      another good point you make is that of intelligence. We automatically assume that the more intelligent the creature the less violent it is, this I don’t think holds true. I think violence is independent of intelligence only the form of violence depends on intelligence, what would be worse killing 1 million with machetes or dropping a single nuclear bomb and would it matter to the dead?

      If you are truly intelligent you will understand that violence has it’s place in Nature and sometimes is the best course of action, any super-intelligent alien race that wanted us out of the way for any reason would have little qualms eradicating us the same way we get rid of bacteria with antibiotics or pests through fumigation.

      • Peter Quint
        Posted April 24, 2018 at 10:40 am | Permalink

        My favorite white nationalist film is “The Gray.” I wish that white people had a tenth of the intelligence, and healthy instinct that the wolves had; in less than twelve hours after the crash landing the wolves start hunting the humans, and eliminating them. When Liam Neeson is asked by a fellow passenger why the wolves are behaving the way they do, he simply replies, “Because we are not supposed to be here.” Imagine if whites had that kind of intelligence, and instinct–it’s a Jack London type of story.

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