that of John Kraskinski A Quiet Place, Part II picks up where the first movie left off, and it provides the backdrop for when the sound-sensitive aliens came to terrorize. The first film focused on the trauma experienced by the Abbott family, but it also left room for an important aspect. The children in the family are educated and are expected to survive.
The second film, however, shows the kids in the lead. Through injury and in the face of literal death, Regan and Marcus learn to protect, fight, and lead the family after the tragic death of their father, Lee. If a third film ends up premiering, the kids should be at the heart of the story.
The first film introduced the trauma to children
One of the most important plot points of the film is that Regan is frustrated with Lee. She thinks he blames her for the death of her younger brother. But venturing out on her own foreshadows Regan’s ability to challenge the odds against her since she can’t hear the sounds.
Besides Regan’s strong character, Marcus is also an aspiring leader and learns to stand up for his family. Upon returning from their brief fishing trip, Lee and Marcus go their separate ways as Evelyn gives birth to their last child.
Fortunately, Marcus and his sister make a lasting team. Almost drowning in the grain silo is a unique experience for Marcus, but the siblings go through the hardships together. It is clear that they had to grow up faster and learn to survive.
When they see Lee die, the siblings know they’ll have to take over and stand up for the family.
How are Regan and Marcus empowered in the sequel?
Now that the Abbott family knows how to weaken monsters, they know how to handle a fight. As the heroine of the film, Regan discovers the sound of the radio and realizes that the rest of humanity is out there somewhere. Once she’s gone with just her gun and cochlear implant, Regan establishes herself as the new leader of the Abbott group and the leader above Emmett. She begins the path to their future by persevering.
But Regan’s strength is also seen in his brother throughout the film. He suffers from an injury that requires medical attention and yet still cares for the baby while his mother goes to collect supplies. The two siblings show how much they’ve grown as guardians and advocates.
However, the defining moment for this sibling team is at the end when the two come face to face with a monster. While Marcus defends Evelyn and the baby, Regan defends Emmett (and the rest of humanity) by playing the screeching sound repelling the creatures. The side-by-side scene shows the children as the reigning heroes while the adults watch them shocked and relieved. The fact that the kids are the saviors presents a potential backdrop for a third film.
Children could be the leaders of the third film
While there hasn’t been a public green light for the project yet, Millicent Simmonds (who plays Regan) shared with Us Weekly, “I’m definitely upbeat and looking forward to a potential trilogy because I’m curious to know what will happen to the family. But if I’m being honest, I personally have no idea what will happen on the third.
While Simmonds isn’t sure, the potential plot of the third film could focus on finding Regan, Marcus’ injury, and how the two siblings will maintain their newfound confidence in defending the family. Their character growth would be crucial for the third film if it’s in the works.
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