2018 was a great one for horror-genre. There were films that not just cashed in on the box office but also received acclaim for their content. For horror films, to achieve both things together is not a common feat. But things have taken a turn for the better as filmmakers are trying to come up with new ideas, never hesitating to experiment, and thus, delivering films like ‘Hereditary’ and ‘Get Out’. 2018’s ‘A Quiet Place’ is another example of the films that dared to be different. Even if you don’t believe that the concept was exceptionally unique, you can’t argue that the film actually turned out to be about something better, something more than just scary creatures in the wild.
Later in the year, Netflix released ‘Bird Box’. The film followed an eerily similar premise with the difference being the hunting method of the creatures. Instead of making a sound, this time, your death would be sealed by your vision. ‘Bird Box’ was enjoyable, even if it didn’t match the level of ‘A Quiet Place’. This could also be because once a new concept has been introduced, it begins to lose its value over time. After watching the first film, you become biased about the ones that follow, especially when it’s almost perfect. Anyway, looked like people weren’t fed up of the idea just yet, and ‘Bird Box’ performed rather well. One of the reasons that it happened was that it simply was a good film. ‘The Silence’ does not enjoy that advantage.
Netflix’s latest release followed the premise that might as well share the universe with ‘A Quiet Place’. Because of this stark similarity in the concept, ‘The Silence’ faces a lot of pressure from the fans to live up to the expectations of its predecessor. Fair to say, and if you’ve read any reviews, you know that it comes nowhere near to John Krasinski’s brilliant direction-debut. Even I went in with ‘not so high’ expectations. Anyway, this isn’t a review, so I won’t tell you if you should watch this film or not. If you’ve seen it, then go ahead and read this article. But if not, then you should stop here and return only after having watched the film.
SHHHH… SPOILERS AHEAD!
Summary of the Plot
Just in case you’re wondering why Netflix would remake ‘A Quiet Place’ when it has hardly been a year since it was released, you should know that it’s really the matter of timing here. ‘The Silence’ is actually based on a novel by Tim Lebbon. Production had started on the film well before we got to hear about its doppelganger-flick. So, let’s try and not lash out at Netflix for plagiarising an idea.