A Quiet Place (2018)
A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.
Jeeper creepers, this is not a film for anyone looking for a relaxing ride. Tension is pumped up to the max as the Abbott family try desperately to evade blind monsters who have acute hearing to make up for their lack of sight. Eeek.
Before I begin I will say I went into this with little expectation and not much knowledge of the plot. All I knew was that our main protagonists have to STFU at all times. So with this in mind I’m going to try to avoid giving too much away.
Evelyn and Lee Abbott (IRL couple Blunt and Krasinski) live on a farm with their children, Beau, Marcus and Regan. Although this set up is far from fun and games, they have pretty much all they need or at least access to it, if they can just stay silent and not attract the attentions of the mysterious creatures surrounding them.
Following a horrible accident, the family are challenged more than ever, not least within their relationships with each other. Marcus (Jupe) is taught survival skills by his father, something he is reluctant to do given how scared he is. Deaf Regan in contrast is eager to get stuck into the dirty work but her parents won’t let her. When the family starts to expand, protection is everything and the Abbotts will stop at nothing to save their clan from extinction.
Remember that all of this comes together with very little verbal communication. It’s not fair to say there is no dialogue as the bulk of it is brought together through sign language. The film is almost completely silent and this is an eery experience to share in public with a room full of strangers. The silence makes you feel very much part of the action and will make you think twice about crunching through that large box of popcorn.
While most cinema goers know how to behave, there is almost always a couple of people who DGAF and the boys next to me did their fair share of whispering. It didn’t ruin my enjoyment but it did force me to do a little bit of heavy sighing of my own. So go into this off-peak if you can and don’t you dare be one of those talkers, it’s unforgivable!
As above, the way tension is crafted is the film’s best asset and there are scenes in it reminiscent of Aliens (1986). The effects are impressive and Emily Blunt delivers as always but I think deaf actress Millicent Simmonds as Regan is the stand out. Krasinski has talked openly about his decision to cast an actually deaf actor in order to gain insight into deafness as well as authentic reactions and it pays off beautifully (and should also be a no brainer, always).
Krasinski should be incredibly proud of this accomplishment, especially I think in a genre that is hard to get right sometimes. This film is by no means perfect and some of it is a little heavy-handed, while there are a few moments that seemed poorly thought out (in terms of character decisions), however it is very good and extremely effective. A must see.