A Quiet Place is terrifying, but also very emotional. Sure, it has its fair share of jump scares going for it. The creatures are particularly gruesome and ruthless, but that’s not what’s really going to scare you. The story meant something more to my wife and I, having two kids of our own. If you’re a parent, the thought of losing a child is unbearable. That is what’s at stake in A Quiet Place. These are just two parents trying to protect their children under extreme circumstances. How could you properly prepare them to survive in this world once you were gone? It’s thought provoking and gut wrenching stuff. A Quiet Place is a film that will have you talking after it’s finished. It’s easily one of my favorite horror films of all time, and one of the best films of the year.
The film takes place in a world that has quickly gone to ruin. When we’re introduced to the Abbott family, which is composed of; Lee (John Krasinski), Evelyn (Emily Blunt), and their children Regan (Millicent Simmonds), Marcus (Noah Jupe) and Beau (Cade Woodward), 89 days have passed since the start of this “invasion”. These creatures (they’re like a cross between the Demogorgon from Stranger Things and the Cloverfield monster) now roam the Earth. They are blind, but they have amazing hearing, so everything must be done under the utmost caution and care (even playing Monopoly can be hazardous to your health) if this family wants to survive. This premise of sound=death is used effectively and extremely well within the various, nail biting situations that are presented to these characters.
That’s what I loved the most about A Quiet Place, is that it’s not afraid to take risks. No one (and I seriously mean no one) is safe. Very quickly, the film establishes the rules of this new world, and what the consequences are if those rules are broken. It’s a harsh world these characters live in, which only adds to the tension and horror. These aren’t some slow moving zombies they’re dealing with. These creatures are aggressive, and if you draw their attention, it’s a guaranteed death. How do you cope in a world where you can’t properly deal with pain or grieve a loved one dying? If you watched them die in front of you, you would want to scream, but then that would just be the end of you. Each of the scenes presented in the film play with your emotions and will have you talking about A Quiet Place when it’s finished. It’s a thought provoking film. My wife and I on the drive home were discussing how we would have handled things, had we been in this predicament.
All this praise begs the question: Who knew the guy from The Office could make a terrifying (and surprisingly emotional) horror film? John Krasinski deserves huge props here (the film was written and directed by him). He has truly evolved as an actor and now he has a promising future as a director. From the sound design to the set pieces, everything in the film is meticulously crafted, feeling new and refreshing. The ideas presented here could easily start a whole new franchise. I would love to see a prequel discussing how it all began, or even see a different family or group try to overcome these circumstances presented to them.
When it comes to the acting, everyone does a remarkable job (seriously, I can’t really give praise to one actor/actress, they’re all phenomenal). They make this world feel real, even if there’s crazy, blood thirsty creatures living in it. These don’t feel like your typical survival horror characters. What’s even more fascinating is there’s minimal speech throughout, which is a testament to how well the actors have portrayed these characters. Every emotion can be seen on their face, which could have been less effective in the hands of other actors. How they react to the events and handle themselves is how anyone else would. These are all characters you want to see overcome the obstacles they’re dealing with.
A Quiet Place is horrifying and emotionally devastating. Just when you’re trying to recover from one scene, The film tosses you into another, unimaginable situation, giving you no time to breathe. You’re always on edge, waiting for that next slip up to happen that could cost someone their life. For its hour and thirty minute run time, A Quiet Place will have you gripping your seat, and if you’re a parent, probably bawling your eyes out. – NVJ