Debra Minoff and Susannah McCullough of The Take insightfully tackle the threads that connects the two films A Quiet Place and Bird Box. While both movies deal with the loss of a specific sense (sound and sight), the larger commonality is the crippling anxiety that comes with being a good parent.
Both are allegories of parenting. These movies are looking at how parenting is an experience of fear whether the terrors are age-old, specific to today’s society or part of an apocalyptic future. The fundamental challenge of parenting is learning to manage the fear. To be a competent parent is to ensure your child’s survival.