A Quiet Place
It’s a post-apocalyptic world. Those who have survived live by one rule: never make a sound. If they hear you, they will hunt you. 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 threatens their survival.
This movie is a high-tension, nerve-wracking suspense thriller with a little Sci-Fi thrown in, that you might actually enjoy watching. The suspense was entirely on point. However, it’s quite possible you end up feeling like you’ve literally been dropped off in the middle of the movie since you won’t be getting much backstory details on what cause all of this. Even at that, you should be able to get into this film or the characters themselves since they’re very absorbing. I found myself caring about what happened to them simply because their expressions of horror over the whole ordeal seemed really genuine to me.
John Krasinski, who also directed the movie plays the protective father, and his real-life wife, Emily Blunt plays the deeply caring mother. Noah Jupe (“Suburbicon”) stars as the middle child and son, Marcus, while Millicent Simmonds (“Wonderstruck”) is their deaf teenage daughter (a remarkable young actress who is also deaf in real life). A new little face we’ve never seen before belongs to Cade Woodward, who plays Beau, the youngest of the boys, and let me tell you, he is beyond adorable. I truly look forward to watching him grow and fill future roles.
The movie was creative and somewhat terrifying. It’s a world rampaged by bloodthirsty beasts with hypersensitive hearing. Even though we never get to know exactly what happened in this story, we do get a general picture within the first few minutes of viewing. A glimpse of what we might assume to be a deserted little town. The streets are empty, minus a few scattered cars and leaves scattered about. No one seems to be around. The next clip we’re shown a wall with tons of ‘missing person’ photos hanging from it.
A title card shows us that it’s “Day 89,” and we can tell we’re in a recent post-apocalyptic world.
A completely barefoot family is tiptoeing around inside a small, near-empty pharmacy who seem to be taking some of the few remaining supplies that are left on the shelves. A woman is sorting through a hand-full of prescription drugs, in which we assume to be for the young boy who is sitting directly behind her on the floor. He looks extremely ill.
We next see an older girl walking over to a small child. A boy who looks to be about 4-years-old and is drawing on the floor. He begins doing sign language to the girl and she signs back. We soon discover that the entire family communicates in American sign language and are incredibly careful not to make a sound. Drawing a picture of a rocket on the floor, the small boy looks up at the girl and signs that this is what will take them all away from this planet, and then runs off.
The little guy is next seen standing on some sort of box, or crate, reaching up to grab a toy spaceship that he wants. Almost succeeding, the rocket slips from his fingertips to go crashing to the floor. Just before it hits the ground, however, the teenage girl quickly lunges forward, catching it before it lands. It’s a very close call indeed, and you can see the terror on her Kewpie-doll face as she looks over to the man, presumably the father, standing in the stores’ entryway.
Before leaving the store, the dad (you can now assume that they are in fact a family) take the toy spaceship from the little boy, telling him that it’s dangerous and makes too much noise. Clearly heartbroken, the little guy just stands there as everyone else walks out. The girl turns around and sees the sad look on the boy’s face and she smiles at him as she picks up the toy spaceship. Before handing it back to the boy, she removes the batteries. Wanting this to obviously remain between them, she puts a finger to her lips encouraging him to keep silent. He looks up at her and smiles, then puts the toy inside his jacket before they both walk out. But he quickly turns around to grab the batteries from the shelf.
To lessen the ‘Spoiler’ fact, I won’t go into detail of the scene that occurs just after leaving the pharmacy, but the father clearly shows resentment towards his oldest daughter over it, and you wonder if it will ever get resolved.
With almost zero dialogue, “A Quiet Place” relies almost fully on visual storytelling. The main theme of the movie focuses on a family who has adapted their lives to function in near total silence. Only a few times do we actually get to hear them say anything, and even that is cleverly done. Basically, the rest of the movie focuses on the parents attempting to protect their children as they desperately try to keep everyone safe in what seems like an extremely helpless situation. They do have some really cool warning devices in place, I’ll give them that.
With all the things I actually liked about this film, there were just as many bummer moments. I could clearly pick the plot apart if I wanted to. There are a lot of plot holes, and obvious ones at that. It’s always the obvious ones that get to me the most because I feel that if the writer would only stop and re-think (read it over?) on it, they might be able to fill in some of those lingering holes. Yes, I know, some writers probably don’t even care.
Here are just a few examples of those plot hole. One, I don’t understand how the creature was able to rip such a huge hole into the (thick) metal grain silo, and not be able to rip into the much thinner metal used as the top of the pickup truck just as quickly. Second, seriously, who in Gods name ends up getting pregnant in a post-apocalyptic world where monsters kill by noise? Come on women, you’re going to allow yourself to get pregnant in a situation like that? Just how do you plan on delivering a baby without it making a sound? And lastly, it’s pretty obvious that guns can kill these creatures so why didn’t the armies around the world do just that? That’s only a few minor holes I ran across but overall, I still enjoyed this film and would very much recommend it to others.
Title: A Quiet Place
Release Date: April 6, 2018
Runtime: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Genre: Horror, Drama, Science Fiction
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Starring: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Directors: John Krasinski
Reviewed by: Dr. Butcher
Our Rating: 4.0 /5
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