In the modern horror thriller A QUIET PLACE, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. If they hear you, they hunt you.– Paramount Pictures
A Quiet Place was directed by John Krasinski and written by Krasinski, Bryan Woods, and Scott Beck.
This review will be as vague as possible because a film like this is best viewed knowing as little as possible.
A Quiet Place is John Krasinski’s third outing as a director and with this movie he has more than proved that he is a fully capable director. This is a very tense film, and the way the film is cut quickly further amplifies the feeling of stress you get while watching it. I’d love to see Krasinski helm a bigger budget film and see what he can really do.
The sound or rather the lack of sound in A Quiet Place is easily the most engaging part. I don’t think more than 500 words were said in the movie. It’s so easy to forget how much we humans rely on sound. I’m not talking about communicating but just walking around and doing daily tasks. Humans are noisy creatures, if my life depended on it, I’m not too sure I could be quiet. I really wish this film had no score at all. The score was quite good and really added to the tension but it would have been way more terrifying if the characters were being attacked and all we heard was the noise being made. Special shout out to the foley artist and whomever designed the creature. The sounds in A Quiet Place are enthralling, I’m talking running rivers and rustling leaves, absolutely beautiful. And the creatures were terrifying a little demogorgonish but different enough and scary enough.
It feels like we are living in a horror renaissance. There are lots of unique and original horror movies coming out, Split and Get Out to name a few. A Quiet Place is further developing this renaissance we are living in. I’m sure there’s been a movie where people can’t make noise but not like this. The story is simple but elegant. Yeah there’s somethings where you have to turn your brain off or else you over think it but it’s a science fiction horror movie, not everything is going to be realistic.
There’s basically only 4 actors in this movie and two of them are kids. The best part about all the characters is that none of them have names because they don’t talk, pretty great. Emily Blunt and John Krasinski play the parents, of course. Too be blunt, Emily Blunt is a very talented actress, she gives exactly the kind of performance you’d expect from her. A Quiet Place is John Krasinski’s movie, from the directing to the acting he never skips a beat. For years on the Office, Krasinski honed his facial expressions. A Quiet Place is where he really puts those skills to the test, his face alone expressed fear better than some actors could with words. Krasinski is a top tier actor. Children in movies can be very hit or miss but I thought all of them did a fine job in this. Considering how difficult it must be for them to act without speaking, you have to give them some props. The daughter, Regan is actually played by deaf actress Millicent Simmonds, so, that’s pretty freaking cool.
I could literally talk about this movie for hours and hours. I already feel like this review has gone on for too long. A Quiet Place is a special kind of movie and it’s certainly one that should be seen in theaters. If you’re afraid it’s going to terrify you, it’s more stressful than anything, so don’t be afraid to see it.
I give A Quiet Place a 9 out of 10, would watch again. Definitely one of my favorites of the year.