This week we watched A Quiet Place, a scary movie that was not only written and directed but also stars John Krasinski with his actress wife Emily Blunt.
The film opens on Day 89 with the Abbott family (Evelyn (Blunt) Lee (Krasinski) & their children, Regan (Millicent Simmonds) Marcus (Noah Jupe) & Beau (Cade Woodward) looking for supplies in a shop, and we see them communicating with sign language, which is our first indication that in this world things are different in this timeline.
We quickly learn that any noise attracts monsters that will move in on the sound, hunt and kill. So the film is almost a silent movie and this adds to amazing cinema experience if you have a good audience, I saw this at a morning screening so with not many it really added to the experience.
This film is incredibly tense with the silence adding to it, a cough or sweet rustle if watching with an audience, can get you nervous and the story puts in situations where sounds you would believe unavoidable, from a toy with sound; a lamp being knocked over and possibly the most alarming, treading on a nail going right through the foot!
With a running time of 92 minutes it never outstays its welcome, being married it may come as no surprise that the 2 leads have great chemistry and the child actors also put in great performances and the creatures are genuinely scary.
Whilst this may have the feel of many things you have seen before, Monsters and Pitch Black came straight to mind for us! Despite this, we really wanted more and feel sequels or even a prequel, as we only really get ideas of what has happened, coming in at day 89 from press cuttings (they are almost inevitable surely)
The film does have faults, in a world where they need to live in total silence you have to wonder their decision for bringing a baby into this world and whilst the creatures heads are amazing, its body we felt was a bit generic, looking more like a Harry Potter Dementor/ Stranger Things Demogorgon or Miss Peregrine’s Hollowghasts but those are minor quibbles and feels petty to do.
We loved this film and due to its need for total silence, other than a great score Marco Beltrami, this will definitely be in our top 10 films of the year for sure and we highly recommend, especially if you are a fan of scary movies
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