In a world full of meaningless noise, it’s quite hard to imagine a post-apocalyptic society that requires all survivors to be silent. In his directorial debut, John Krasinski (“The Office”) creates a nail-biting experience — a silent one, of course — for viewers watching “A Quiet Place.”
The story follows a family trying to live in a world where they are hunted by creatures if they make even the slightest sound. The father and mother, played by real-life couple Krasinski and Emily Blunt (“Mary Poppins Returns”), try to find a weakness in the aliens while also work to provide security for their children.
In this movie, you learn that silence is very loud. The use of sound, or lack thereof, was simply brilliant. From the opening sequence until the finale, I felt the audience hold their breath, try to quietly munch on their popcorn, and become encapsulated in the story. The best types of movies are ones where you feel like you are placed right smack in the middle of the action, questioning what you would do in the character’s situations — and this is one of those films. The design was phenomenal, sets were breathtaking, and the subtle sound effects and music really progressed the story.
Now I am not a horror movie fanatic, I will admit it. I can watch them, but I don’t enjoy my time in them. I can definitely say that I enjoyed my time in this picture, but there were a few plot holes/goofs.
Emily Blunt’s character, portraying the final weeks of pregnancy throughout the film, creates a tension like no other. Bringing in a new life into a world of silence had the audience on edge. With heavy breathing, death by monsters was sure to have been awarded to her. When it came down to her giving birth, it felt brushed over and quick and it almost seemed like the producers didn’t know the correct way of going about it.
If you can overlook the fact that it seems inevitable that you would get caught by the aliens in this world after snoring or sneezing, the movie was such a fun watch. This effective horror was different from others because of the solid emotional core. It was so refreshing to see a movie centered around family in a world that worships everything and values nothing. The acting was phenomenal and provoked an emotional reaction from the audience in many of the scenes. Go see it!
Overall rating: 8/10