By Emma Teitel National Columnist Wed., March 13, 2019 Most movies in the disaster genre involve two themes. The first is avoiding gruesome death at the hands of a world-ending force (aliens, infectious disease, whatever the hell that thing was in Bird Box). The second is family. In A Quiet Place, real-life and onscreen married couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt must remain virtually silent in order to avoid being disembowelled by a species of gigantic insect-like creatures with hypersensitive ears. But you have to wonder if the pair would just give up and give themselves over to their bug invaders, were it not for their growing family: two kids and another one on the way. Blunt’s character is pregnant. Similarly in Bird Box, Sandra Bullock tries to prevent her blindfolded brood — two petrified children — from taking a peek at the outside world, an act tantamount to suicide. In The Day After Tomorrow, Dennis Quaid plays a climatologist who practically walks across the country amid the dawn of a new ice age in order to save his teenage son and, hopefully, repair their troubled relationship. Article Continued Below The moral of these stories, it seems, is that apocalypse… Read full this story
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