I ended up watching The Silence on a trip in an airplane. So not sure if I missed something or if my son sitting next to me - not even watching - figured out a huge huge plot issue...

So these dinosaur birds attack everything that makes noise... Why wouldn't people just build a cage and kill them by the thousands sitting behind bars and rebar with machine guns (and the guns would attract more)? It would seem like this predator would be easy to combat since they were too aggressive. Did I miss something that said this wouldn't work? Or did a 9 year old break the plot of a multimillion dollar production?

Since this hasn't received any answers I will summarize a point from the comments. These are super dumb birds/dinosaurs/whatever... Yes there are millions of them. But... if I am in a military base and I start shooting them then supposedly any of them that can hear will attack. Meaning one bunker and machine gun would wipe out the area. Remember these birds had a hard time getting in a regular car. So to mobilize you could have heavy armored trucks or tanks just roam and wipe out. People would die from the birds at first but then the deaths should be more along the lines of starvation if there is a long-term issue in an area. Nothing in the movie makes sense because they are simply too aggressive not to wipe out.

  • How would you build such cage without making noise?
    – Luciano
    Commented Dec 3, 2019 at 9:33
  • @luciano - you could start your cage in a prison and move it... thousands of ways. They couldn't get into a car so any rebar would work. The making of the rebar cage is not the issue.
    – blankip
    Commented Dec 3, 2019 at 9:35
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    Right... this movie follows these people, maybe other people did build it somewhere else? But this movie is not about that. These characters were just regular folks that didn't have access to a prison or a machine gun. Plus... infinite bullets? How many birds were there?
    – Luciano
    Commented Dec 3, 2019 at 9:40
  • @Luciano - that explanation isn't plausible to me. There were references on TV and other sources through out the movie that EVERYONE is dying and at the end of the movie there are just a small percentage of the population that are living in nordic regions (where the birds don't like to go). More plausible is the army makes a couple cages and shoots and shoots and shoots and these birds keep attacking until extinct.
    – blankip
    Commented Dec 3, 2019 at 9:51
  • it's a weak plot full of tv tropes: tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/TheSilence2019
    – Luciano
    Commented Dec 3, 2019 at 10:10


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