When Netflix released Bird Box towards the end of last year, uninformed folks on social media had a field day accusing the streaming giant of ripping of John Krasinski's A Quiet Place, which arrived - to critical acclaim and no small amount of box office success - earlier in the same year. The comparison was, perhaps, understandable, but also misguided: as many of the people levying charges of Idea Thievery would later learn, Bird Box was based on a novel of the same name ... which came out four years before A Quiet Place hit theaters.
One suspects those same people will lose their dang minds over The Silence.
So, look - you're probably thinking, "What in the actual fuck? The Silence is a movie revolving around a family just trying to survive in a world overrun with creatures that attack people if they make too much noise? That's literally the exact same plot as A Quiet Place! These movies even kinda look the same!"
All of that is true. What's also true is that The Silence is based on a novel of the same name by Tim Lebbon ... which arrived back in 2015. Are these concepts incredibly similar? Yes. Do the films even look somewhat similar in execution? Sure, if you squint just right. Do we think this is worth being mad about? No, this kinda shit happens all the time in Hollywood (stick around long enough and you'll notice that similar movies sometimes hit theaters within the same release window). Are we somewhat disappointed to see Stanley Tucci and Miranda Otto caught up in this kinda thing, though? Yeah, maybe a little.
Here's an official plot synopsis, which reveals an element you didn't see in A Quiet Place:
"When the world is under attack from terrifying creatures who hunt their human prey by sound, 16-year old Ally Andrews (Kiernan Shipka), who lost her hearing at 13, and her family seek refuge in a remote haven. But they discover a sinister cult who are eager to exploit Ally’s heightened senses. THE SILENCE is directed by John R. Leonetti (ANNABELLE) and stars Stanley Tucci, Kiernan Shipka, Miranda Otto, John Corbett, Kate Trotter and Kyle Breitkopf."
What do you folks think? Imagine you'll give this one a go when it hits Netflix on April 10th, or do you think you're all set on "worlds overrun by noise-hating monsters" until the Quiet Place sequel arrives? Sound off in the comments below.