Two parents must do whatever it takes to keep their children safe and as far away from the fearsome and murderous creatures that are seemingly roaming earth as possible. Consequently, the entire family are forced to live in total silence while remaining hidden away from the monsters that have ultra-sensitive hearing but no vision at all. A tremendously unique and gripping film that has fans eagerly awaiting the release of part two.
Director: John Krasinski
Writers: Bryan Woods, Scott Beck
Starring: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds
It’s pretty rare that a movie with such a unique storyline captures your imagination for the entire ninety-minute run-time but this is what happened with A Quiet Place – especially after the unbelievably enticing opening act that leaves you shocked and dismayed at what you’d just witnessed. For that reason alone, I’d encourage anybody to watch this one.
The movie on a whole has a very limited script, forcing much of the story to be told through events that occur while the family are attempting to live their life and survive in pure silence. This is most definitely a strength of the movie and the filmmakers did a brilliant job of conveying some truly terrifying moments that each of the characters experienced. With that being said, something that pleasantly surprised me about the flick was the lack of cheap jump scares and poor attempts at general horror that you’d find in films of a similar mould. Instead, you found yourself sitting on the edge of your seat for most of the time, constantly wondering what was going to happen next and caring about the welfare of each of the main characters that were in danger throughout.
At times it was gut-wrenching and extremely emotional but when these epic moments hit you as a viewer, the movie is made in such a way that it doesn’t then give you the time to sit back and think about the sorrow – instantly the flick snaps you back into realising the action hasn’t quite finished as the creatures become more and more relentless and dangerous as time passes.
It’s worth noting that another strength of the movie was the chemistry and dynamic between the family. This was key as they were the only on-screen characters besides the creatures that had taken over earth. Thankfully, John Krazinski and Emily Blunt – who starred as Lee Abbott and Evelyn Abbott (the head of the family) – did a brilliant job of portraying not only the love between a mother and father but also true love between parents and their young children that they were trying desperately to protect.
Ultimately, despite its strengths, this did have the feel of a movie that was setting the viewer up nicely for a second installment (which did originally have a schedule release date of March 2020 but has seemingly been put on hold for the foreseeable future). I’d go as far as saying A Quiet Place 2 will be one of the most anticipated releases of the year.
“Your father will protect you. Your father will always protect you.”Evelyn Abbott – A Quiet Place 1