This past weekend I went and saw A Quiet Place and so did a lot of other people. I assume I am not the only one who came away with some burning questions. John Krasinski has apparently addressed the issue of farting in a world where sounds can get you killed but that doesn’t really answer all my questions. Or even most of them. If you’ve got any others, let me know, I’m sure I’m just getting started here and, obviously, spoilers ahead.
— Why didn’t they start soundproofing the cellar until over a year in?
— Do none of these people snore? Or talk in their sleep? Krasinski looks like a snorer.
— How do you cook silently? I saw the weird floor oven but chopping, boiling, pans, etc. all make noise.
— Some of the newspapers featured reports of major cities being attacked but wouldn’t large cities be so noisy as to make any hunting by the creatures totally ineffective?
— Related: wouldn’t the safest places to live be the noisiest places, not the quietest ones?
— We are all aware that there are already sonic weapons that would likely have been deployed once it was figured out that the creatures were especially sensitive to sound, right?
— Like, your average dog whistle probably would do. There’s not really anything super special about the pitch of electrical feedback.
— If they had the electrical know-how to get a bunch of lights strung up around the entire farm and keep building malfunctioning sound processors for a cochlear implant, why couldn’t they run some kind of cord out to something really noisy far away from the house that could be turned on easily?
— Why not move next to that noisy waterfall, at least in the summer months?
— We saw them using signal fires to communicate with other groups, which is all very cinematic looking at “the beacons are lit!” about them, but flag semaphore would probably be a more effective system. Definitely doesn’t look as cool though.
— When the monsters were attacking something, why didn’t it cause the other monsters to come? Why didn’t they attack each other? Those things were noisy as hell when they were hunting and made exactly the same kind of noises the people did when going through corn stalks or banging on doors/trucks/whatever.
Questions I am not asking because the answer is obviously “That’s just the plot”:
— Why did two parents on a walk through a world where they have to be totally silent lead the line together instead of keeping one in front and one in back to make sure their toddler didn’t wander off and/or start making a huge racket like toddlers do?
— WHAT IN THE HELL ARE YOU PEOPLE DOING GETTING PREGNANT IN THE SILENT WORLD?!? LABOR? NOISY! AND DANGEROUS FOR NORMAL, NON-NOISE HUNTING CREATURE REASONS. BABIES? VERY NOISY! FOR A VERY LONG TIME! I HAD A BABY SCREAM AT ME FOR THREE SOLID HOURS BECAUSE I WASN’T THEIR MOM ONCE, AND THERE WASN’T A DAMN THING I COULD DO ABOUT IT. BABIES DON’T UNDERSTAND SOUND HUNTING MONSTERS AND TO COMMUNICATE THEIR LACK OF UNDERSTANDING THEY SCREAM AT YOU. ALL. THE. TIME. HOW DO YOU NOT LOCK DOWN BIRTH CONTROL AS PRIORITY NUMBER 0?!? ALSO, I FEEL THE BABY-MAKING ACTIVITIES ARE A FURTHER GLOSSING OVER OF NORMAL NOISES THAT ABSOLUTELY WERE HAPPENING.
Ahem. I enjoyed the movie.