Director: John Krasinski Genre: Sci-Fi/Horror
Run Time. 1h 30min. Age Rating. 15 Released: 5th April 2018.
Starring: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe.
In a post-apocalyptic future, the world is infested with monsters who possess ultra-sensitive hearing, forcing a family to live in perfect silence if they wish to survive.REVIEW
There’s often a feeling that with apocalyptic worlds you NEED to show the downfall of society, or perhaps the impact it’s had on a global scale in the grandest way possible. Not in the case of director John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place. In fact the film is solely focused on Lee (John Krasinski) and his family, as they do their very best to survive in a world where the smallest of sounds could result in near-instant death. That being said everything we know about this world is cleverly shown to us through newspaper clippings that litter Lee’s basement workshop. This is 100% post-Apocalypse goodness but it’s not a big budget reckoning, instead it’s an intimate family drama set amidst the ruined world, and their day to day struggle to survival in a mute world.
Focused on this families tale of survival, A Quiet Place wastes no time demonstrating the cruel brutality of its mute world, as Lee’s family rummage an abandoned shopping mall for medicine and supplies. Thankfully Lee’s family have a firm grasp of sign language making them pre-adapted for this new world order, as a result of their deaf daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds). No more than 15 minutes in and a noise breaks the eerie silence, as we quickly witness the speed and ferocity these monsters possess, making every single one of us well aware of the ensuing terror that awaits. So when we’re thrust a year down the line, Evelyn (Emily Blunt) now pregnant and expecting her new child within days, you can’t help but fear for the family and their predicament.If we haven’t given anything away yet, the true key to what makes A Quiet Place tick is its constant feeling of tension. There’s never a dull moment within the movie as the thrills rise throughout the short 90 minute run time, everything is packaged perfectly, establishing a seamless pace that’ll have you on the edge of your seat as it hops from one nerve shredding encounter to the next. Silence truly is the star of the movie, more than any of the actors combined (although they all turn in an excellent performance too). The eerie silence is ever present and any movement that might break will have your heart racing. This masterful atmosphere is only helped by the casts urgency to silence any unannounced sounds, backed by the cameras’ fixation on foreshadowing objects that’ll have you wincing well before they creep their way into the mix.
Aside from the incredible atmosphere Krasinski creates, it’s the central family drama that hooked us in throughout this nail biting journey. All of the cast is great especially in the case of Krasinski who is best known for his comedic turn as Jim in the U.S version of The Office. Blunt and Simmonds also deliver great performances as the expecting mother, and deaf daughter who’s dealing with her own internal trauma that continues to haunt her. There’s an unshakable feeling of family at the very core of this film, as they all try to act in each others best interests, even if the circumstances don’t favour them. The creature design is pretty interesting too, looking like Primeval’s future predators, jacked-up to eleven. They don’t feature in the film as much as you might think, but coupled with the films eerie silence, their presence is always felt, making you want every character to tread as carefully as humanly possible.
In all honesty Krasinski’s A Quiet Place gets very little wrong, it’s focused pacing leaves little down time between each scene, as its short run time does its best to make the most of every second. The family dynamic is well crafted too and it’s resolution of past events within the film are executed with equal care. The only real hiccup in this ultra-tense adventure is the how the films’ ending comes across as audience pandering instead of a truly accomplished resolution. It’s by no means a deal breaker for this excellent horror foray, but it certainly leaves you feeling unfulfilled as you exit the cinema.
A Quiet Place is a nerve shredding ride, demonstrating what true terror can feel like. Moving away from gore filled jump scares, the film dishes out an an intense atmosphere within an unrelenting world that’ll have you glued to your seat in fear of ever making a sound again.
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