A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.
Starring: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, and Millicent Simmonds
Directed by: John Krasinski
Written by: Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, and John Krasinski
It’s nice when a movie like “IT” approaches with lots of buzz, and it meets most of the high expectations. But do you know what’s even better? When a much lesser known movie premieres, creates lots of positive reviews, and horror fans flock to see what all the fuss is about. I was one of those horror fans, and here’s what I thought about “A Quiet Place.”
The Abbott family is forced like many to live a quiet life. Any loud sounds and creatures, who hunt extremely well by sound, come quickly running in for the kill. This becomes clear in the opening scene, where the family loses one of their own. The opening scene gives the audience just a taste of what the family is up against, and sets a terrific tone what’s to come.
Around a year later the family seems to be better adapted to their new life. Lee (John Krasinski) and Evelyn (Emily Blunt) have set up their home, and surrounding area to be as silent as possible. They cover the ground in sand, and mark safe places to step amongst many things. The parents are even looking forward to the future because Evelyn is pregnant. However their children are having issues of their own. Regan (Millicent Simmonds), who is deaf, has grown frustrated in their new living situation and the loss of her sibling, and Marcus (Noah Jupe) is terrified of the creatures.
Just as the audience gets sucked into the Abbott family’s life, all hell breaks loose when Evelyn’s water breaks. The birth of a child is a great thing, but not when you have to live in silence. The family members are in separate places, and all must race to rescue each other, but do it as quietly as possible. The tension couldn’t be any higher, as the audience braces themselves every time a noise is made. And in the middle of that, throw in an absolutely heartbreaking moment.
There’s more that could be said, but the important point here is that this story is so well written from beginning to end. It’s well thought out with great detail from how the family lives in the new environment, to the family members themselves, and even how they deal with the creatures. Speaking of the creatures, they’re just as amazing as the story. The way their heads are designed, and how they respond to sound is just another fabulous detail.
Who knew this quiet little movie was going to make so much noise at the box office? Well deserved noise starting with the great writing, and detail. Making the family live in silence just creates tremendous tension with every sound that’s made. Lets not forget the terrific acting from everyone. They do a great job of bringing out the emotions of their characters, and striking at the hearts of the audience in key moments. On top of that, throw in some horrifying, and almost unstoppable creatures. With that, I give “A Quiet Place” a loud 4.5 pools of blood.