A Quiet Place
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A Quiet Place stars Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Noah Jupe, and Millicent Simmonds. Together, they play a family that is confined to living under extreme circumstance as they are hunted by dangerous monsters, who hunt via sound.
Set in a post apocalyptic future, the film follows the Abbot family as they attempt to survive in the presence of a plague of blind alien monsters who are hypersensitive and attracted to loud noises. Throughout the film, Evelyn (Emily Blunt) prepares the impossible feat of child birth, and Lee (John Krasinski) works to make the area around them safe, train his son Marcus (Noah Jupe), and try to repair a cochlear implant for his deaf daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds). As it says on the poster, the film's premise is simple, if they hear you, they hunt you. Keeping this premise clear and simple helps catapult this audience straight into the film, and the tension that only rises from start to finish.
Snack at your own risk during this film because the plot revels in prolonged periods of silence that does an amazing job to increasing the intensity and audience's anxiety.
From the very start of the film, this movie introduces you to the incredible value and danger of sound. John Krasinski made some very creative decisions as the films director, where we are able to gauge sound differently depending on which character we are watching on the screen. The best aspects of the film stem from the way it uses other elements to sell the story. The audience has to concentrate on the actor's facial expressions for example because there is very little dialogue exchanged. Without giving away any spoilers, the very first 10-15 minutes of the film will capture your attention and set the tone of the film until the very end. You will feel the love between the family and the fear that they experience as well.
The world that John Krasinski built was a great touch for the film and was executed in a masterful way. A lot fo things were very subtle, but obvious enough for you to gather enough information to make sense of what was going on. No one in the film has to sit there and spell out what was happening. Instead the audience could look at the images or text in the background to get a solid glimpse into the world they were living in.
When it came to acting, I thought that everyone gave an incredible performance. John Krasinski did a wonderful job, and it was great to see his character deal with his internal struggles and how he processed fear and loss. I do think however, that he was easily overshadowed by his wife (in both real life and on screen) Emily Blunt. She had some of the roughest and most intense scenes in the entire film. I suppose that the easiest way to ensure that your lead pair has good chemistry is for them to be married in real life. We don't get character background i this film, so it was important that the bond between these characters was strong enough to give the audience what they needed to understand them. Blunts performance in the birth scene shows so much emotion and strength- it was moving to watch even though it was scary. John Krasinski shines as well in this film. He perfectly captures someone who is trying to protect his family in an impossible situation.
Then we have Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe. Millicent continues to show how good she is. As Regan, she gives us a mature performance, her deafness in real life bringing authenticity to the deafness of her character. It becomes her greatest asset in the end. Her younger brother Marcus played by Noah Jupe, was pretty much the best at showing the sheer terror that he felt without words or sound. As a whole there was no weak link in the cast.
A Quiet Place is like the definition of a true horror film. Many of the scenes were so crazy and intense that you'll be on the edge of your seat. You'll find that everyone, including yourself, will be holding your breath to keep quiet.
It is 100% worth going to see. So much so that I went twice!