Possible spoilers ahead!
In the not too distant future, earth has been overrun by dangerous and powerful creatures that can only track their prey through sound. Among the survivors are the Abbott family, made up of dad Lee (John Krasinski), his pregnant wife Evelyn (Emily Blunt), son Marcus (Noah Jupe) and their deaf daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds). Regan is still struggling with her role in a family tragedy, and her relationship with her dad suffered because of it.
The family have taken extreme measures to stay alive and avoid being detected by the sound-sensitive creatures: They never stay in the same place for more than a few days, and perhaps more importantly, they only communicate through sign language. But even the Abbotts can stay hidden only for so long, and eventually the monsters nearby become aware of their existence.
On the day when the family is split up, Evelyn goes into early labor, and it’s not long before the creatures descend upon the house they’re staying in. Now it up to the individual members of the Abbott family to protect themselves and one another, using only their wits and skills to save them from a sure death.
Never in a million years did I think “A Quiet Place” could live up to the hype, but boy did it ever. This movie is as close to perfect as you’re going to get, and yet it is such a simple movie. The are no giant action set pieces, or over the top special effects. But From start to finish the suspense is intense, and as the viewer you’re invested in the fates of every member of the Abbott family
John Krasinski delivers not only a great performance as Lee Abbot, but his directorial style was brilliant. I’m a big fan of world building in movies, and Krasinski managed to do that by using the family’s surroundings in a way that told us everything we need to know about the Abbot’s situation. And while we don’t get a lot of answers as to exactly what happened to earth, it just adds to the mystery of the whole film.
Emily Blunt meanwhile, gives one of her more subtle performances. But I have to say I liked the way the played Evelyn. She’s strong, and more than capable to take care of herself and the family. Blunt’s work in “A Quiet Place” shows me just how good of an actress she truly is. And the kid actors were quite good as well. Noah Jupe even looks a little bit like John Krasinski, and their scenes as the waterfall were terrific.
Anyone that knows me will tell you that I am not a fan of horror or thrillers. I’ve seen plenty, but I’ve never said “I want to see that again.” It’s not that horror movies scare me or anything like that. But I feel that most of those movies usually go for the gore instead of just telling a good story with good characters.
“A Quiet Place” tells a terrific story, with interesting characters, and with brilliant performances from all four actors. This film has opened my eyes to what a horror/thriller movie can be, and left me wanting more. I really do hope to see more about this strange world, and learn some answers to the questions I’m still curious about.
“A Quiet Place” score: A