How Far Into the Future is ‘A Quiet Place’ Set?

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(Note: This post contains spoilers for “A Quiet Place.”)

“A Quiet Place” imagines a future where humanity is in pretty rough shape. In the early moments of the movie, newspaper clippings make it clear that the human race has come up against some pretty tough creatures — and have lost.

The movie follows the Abbott family, consisting of Lee (Krasinski), Evelyn (Emily Blunt), and their kids Regan (Millicent Simmonds), Marcus (Noah Jupe) and Beau (Cade Woodward), as they sneak around ruined towns in search of supplies. Newspaper clippings Lee has gathered describe the “dark angels” that have apparently ravaged the planet. The only way to avoid the seemingly indestructible but blind killers is to maintain silence, because the creatures use sound to hunt and kill.

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“A Quiet Place” never explains where the creatures came from, but it does give some sense of how long it has been since they first appeared: 473 days, during the period where most of the action takes place.

But how far in the future is the movie set, and when is the apocalypse supposed to have started? “A Quiet Place” doesn’t make that completely explicit either, but there are some clues in the movie that give some idea of just when the movie might be occurring.

In the opening portion of the movie, 89 days have passed. “A Quiet Place” kicks off with a trauma: the death of Beau, the Abbotts’ four-year-old son, when he turns on a toy and is carried off by a dark angel. Later in the movie, the Abbotts’ daughter, Reagan, returns to the train bridge where Beau was killed, and we get a chance to see his headstone. It places Beau’s death in 2020.

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Working backward from that date, we can get a pretty solid approximate idea of just how far in the future most of the movie is happening. Beau’s death in 2020 is three months into the end of the world, and looks like late autumn or early winter wherever the Abbotts are living. That suggests that the dark angels first started showing up in the late summer or early fall of 2020.

The rest of the movie takes place on days 470 and 473. If the dark angels first started appearing in the early winter of 2020, that puts the bulk of the movie’s action about 15 months later, or around spring 2021. That tracks with the long sleeves and light jackets the family is shown wearing.

So “A Quiet Place” finds the end of the world taking place just a couple years in the future from our current world, and what’s more, humanity is leveled within three months of that. Though we don’t have to deal with any super-strong, indestructible, sound-hunting monsters out here in the real world, the idea that “A Quiet Place” is pretty close to our own world is not exactly a comforting thought.

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Viacom Boss Bob Bakish Praises New Paramount Management for ‘A Quiet Place’ Success

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Bob Bakish is thrilled about the box office performance of John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place,” and he’s singling out new Paramount Pictures management for a large portion of the horror movie’s success.

“This is the first film that was both produced and released under the new management team,” Bakish said Wednesday on his company’s earnings conference call. “That has shown up in the quality of the exact film, the cost discipline, the way it was marketed.”

Don’t freak out, Krasinski fans, Bakish also gave a nod to the “quality” of the movie in his response to a media analyst’s question about how Paramount handled its big hit differently.

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The Viacom boss is looking ahead to more of the same from his studio. Bakish’s relatively new team has already greenlit and dated a dozen films for 2019, and he thinks they’ll add four more.

He believes the slate’s quality matches its beefed-up quantity.

“We’re excited about the diversity and balance of the upcoming slate,” Bakish said. “When I talked to Jim [Gianopulos] even before he joined the company and he looked at our ’17 slate, he was troubled by its construction. This slate that we have for ’19 [has] a great balance of tentpoles, almost half of the films are modestly priced — budgets $25 million or less — and of course, as I’ve said before, branded films play a prominent part in the slate as well.”

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“So, [I’m] very excited about the capabilities of this team [and] also their relationships in the creative community for sourcing product,” he said.

“At the end of the day, great management matters and we have great management at Paramount,” Bakish concluded.

Read about Viacom’s actual Q2 earnings here.

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James Corden’s Employees Hide From Him in ‘A Quiet Place’ Parody (Video)

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Stay quiet, or he will find you.

James Corden’s employees will go to extreme measures to hide from the “Late Late Show” host, playing Monopoly in silence or bubble-wrapping musical instruments to stay quiet.

But in the video, parodying John Krasinski’s latest hit “A Quiet Place,” their lame boss always finds them and forces them to include him.

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In “A Quiet Place,” a family must live in silence, otherwise creatures will hunt them. That means they have to do every day tasks, like cooking dinner or going to the store, extremely carefully. The film also stars Emily Blunt.

In the parody, Corden just doesn’t seem to get the picture, and constantly tries to hang out with his employees. But when they finally outrun him (which in the video it says everyone can “probably do”), he finally tells them, “I’ll catch up with you later.”

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And it’s like music to their ears.

Watch the video above.

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