“A Quiet Place” Vs. “Bird Box”: May the Best Post-Apocalyptic Thriller Win

John Krasinski and Noah Jupe in "A Quiet Place"

John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place and Netflix’s Bird Box were both great movies that were very similar in theme. Both were set in a post-apocalyptic world where the majority of the population has been wiped out. While in one world the characters must navigate their survival in silence, in the other they must navigate their survival blind. To make them even more similar, both feature a pregnant protagonist and pose the question of the difference between living and merely surviving for the sake of existence.

Consequently, we’ve decided to compare the two by putting them up against each other in three major categories.

Strongest Performance:

Winner: A Quiet Place

Reasoning: Although Sandra Bullock was fantastic in Bird Box, Emily Blunt’s performance in A Quiet Place had the edge. Both movie stars acted out giving birth in a post-apocalyptic scenario, but Blunt’s delivery of pure fear and pain when trying to go through the pains of labor in silence has got to be the winner. Unsurprisingly, Blunt won a SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress for her overall performance in the film.

Scariest Concept:

Winner: Bird Box

Reasoning: This was a very close one, and you might well disagree with our reasoning here. To begin with, the chance of survival seems less likely in A Quiet Place given that the creatures can easily get in the house and will kill you instantly if you make even the slightest sound. The entity in Bird Box, meanwhile, cannot enter the home, so if you block the windows, you can use your vision freely. This would be fine if it weren’t for the crazy people running around trying to force everybody’s eyes open. Moreover, the fact that you can’t see the entity means there’s nothing to fight. At least in A Quiet Place they know what they’re running from.

Best Direction:

Winner: A Quiet Place

Reasoning: Although Bird Box was very well directed and was insanely tense and suspenseful, John Krasinski’s direction in A Quiet Place was spectacular. He successfully maintained a feeling of terror and suspense throughout the entire movie and for that reason, his masterpiece comes out on top.

Overall Winner: A Quiet Place

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