The well known dramatic axiom Chekhov’s Foetus suggests that, at some point in A Quiet Place, poor Emily Blunt is going to have to try to give birth silently. She is after all, a) heavily pregnant, and b) shepherding her family through a post-apocalyptic world terrorised by unseen monsters that attack at any human-made sound.
It’s a neat premise that falls apart after a moment’s rumination (what i you get tummy rumbles? What if you fart?) but could allow for some really inventive suspense setpeices if director, co-writer and star John Krasinski knows what he’s doing – and the trailer suggests he might. Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds play the couple’s children; notably, Simmonds, who starred in Wonderstruck, is deaf, which is a nice bit of positive representation in a year which has seen a number of high profile films, from The Shape of Water to The Greatest Showman to the upcoming Skyscraper. Krasinski said of her casting, “…I didn’t want a non-deaf actress pretending to be deaf. Most importunely [sic] though, because a deaf actress would help my knowledge and my understanding of the situations tenfold. I wanted someone who lives it and who could teach me about it on set.”
A Quiet Place is in Australian cinemas from May 3, 2018.