WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for director John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place, in theaters now.
Every now and then, a film comes along that attempts to redefine sci-fi for a new generation. Alex Garland’s Ex Machina and, more recently, Annihilation, are examples of such thought-provoking ventures, and now, John Krasinski adds to the list with his new thriller A Quiet Place.
Set in a near-future where humanity has been devastated by blind, otherworldly creatures that stalk their prey using hyper-sensitive hearing, the film centers on the Abbott family, who seek refuge on an isolated farm. There they’re forced to live in near silence in desperate hope of evading these predators, which have already claimed one child.
Krasinski, in his third directorial effort, crafts a compelling story. But for all of its originality, one thing in particular stands out about A Quiet Place: It displays traits that would make it right at home in another Paramount Pictures property: the Cloverfield universe.
What really highlights how much A Quiet Place matches a Cloverfield narrative is the monsters that have overrun the planet. In this film, we’re shown newspaper clippings that Krasinski’s character, Lee Abbott, has compiled in hopes of discovering a way to kill these invaders. The primary words that pop up are “invasion” and “from above,” implying the monsters are indeed alien, something synonymous with the Cloverfield universe introduced in 2008 by J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves.
Abrams’ found-footage movie featured a skyscraper-tall creature, later confirmed to be an alien that fell from space, that rampages through New York City. Then, in a surprise 2016 sequel, 10 Cloverfield Lane, we saw Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s character Michelle fighting off aliens (albeit smaller, and not as destructive) after escaping a kidnapping in Louisiana. In terms of design, however, A Quiet Place’s creature lean more toward the alien from the original Cloverfield, which made a cameo earlier this year in the third installment of the franchise, The Cloverfield Paradox.
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