John Krasinski and Emily Blunt star as husband and wife, Evelyn and Lee Abbott, in A Quiet Place. The Abbotts live in silence with their children, as they try to hide from creatures that hunt by sound. The smallest peep could be the difference between life and death. Millicent Simmonds (Regan) and Noah Jupe (Marcus) round out the cast as the Abbott children.
Written by Bryan Woods and Scott Beck, A Quiet Place is unique because it is a horror film with close-to-zero dialogue, yet it manages to sustain its intrigue throughout with the use of music, suspense, jump scares, an interesting premise and plot, and some fine camerawork, makeup and special effects. I can’t say one more thing or it will all be ruined. Go see it. It is terrific.
The entire cast did some really great, heart-felt acting, even during the one or two forgivable times where the plot was predictable. Simmonds and Jupe are absolutely amazing as these children living under the most stressful conditions imaginable in this post-apocalyptic world. The ability to convey such emotion, terror, fear, joy, etc. without uttering a word at such a young age, is nothing short of remarkable. Blunt and Krasinski give great performances; perhaps better than I have ever seen from each of them and at the least, certainly departures from their previous roles. And who knew John Krasinski had sex appeal? Certainly not I! Keep in mind, Krasinski starred in, directed and wrote the screenplay to this thing, so this is his baby and he took great care with it. Kudos Krasinski! Kudos!!!
This movie is nearly everything one wants in a movie, particularly a horror movie, when leaving the comforts of one’s home to pay to sit in a theater and watch. The premise is semi-unique (replace “hunt by sound” with hunt by movement (any zombie movie, but Train to Busan comes to mind, here’s my review), or hunt by breathing (Don’t Breathe comes to mind, here’s my review), or by light, or by body temperature, or whatever – and you can come up with a similar premise that has been done before), but the nearly silent execution of this one is still very, very well done and very, very cool.
A Quiet Place is not without faults, but they are minimal(ish) and I can’t even go into those without ruining it all for those who haven’t seen it yet, so I won’t. You’re probably saying, “What kind of ridiculous review is this?!!” Trust me, don’t read any spoilers, or any reviews where spoilers are mentioned. If you haven’t seen a trailer, don’t watch one. Just go and enjoy this movie if you’re a fan of the genre. You may not like it as much as I did, but I can very nearly promise that you won’t hate it. That’s the best I’ve got folks. Okay… I will say, people make some really ridiculous life decisions at the most preposterous times. And A Quiet Place could have used more plot twists. Not that there is anything wrong with straight forward story-telling, but I really longed for (particularly since the movie was basically a silent film) something that made the entire audience say, “OOOOOOOOOOHHHHH!!!!!” You know what I mean?!!! That never happened, and it would have been great if it had.
A Quiet Place earned 8 out of 10 bloops. It’s a great movie, that is worth the price of admission and seeing in a theater just for the atmosphere and to see the masterful way silence is used as a terror tactic. The acting elevates the film. The effects, gore and makeup aren’t overdone. And for some reason I assumed it was rated R rather than PG-13. Thinking about it further, there were a couple of people who saw it with children who were about 8 years old and it gave me pause. But it is a good film to take a tween/teen or any adult to see to give them a lesson in going without a cell phone or social media, and silence. It forces one to engaging in the world, or rather, the experience of the movie without modern day distractions. Not that anyone longs to engage with other-worldly creatures in a life or death scenario, or anything; but the silence in the film requires a commitment to attention that may be beneficial to us all.
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1 = worst ever, avoid at all cost
2 = very bad, forget about it!
3 = poor movie, not recommended
4 = not good, even for free – NO!
5 = so-so, worth it if you don’t have to pay
6 = not bad, could have been better
7 = good movie, worth seeing
8 = great movie, don’t miss it!
9 = excellent movie, a must see!
10 = a masterpiece, go see it now!
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Love, Simon – for some reason this review is taking me for.ever. to write. I’m almost done though and when it is done I will post it.
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