A Quiet Place
RATED - (PG-13) - 90-MIN-2018
Silence is Golden in A Quiet Place
I was very intrigued by the idea of the affable actor (John Krasinski) best known as the lovable, prankster, salesman Jim, on (The Office) directing a horror movie. He seemed to me, like the last person who would be interested in such a subject matter.
Krasinski says he was, but after reading the basic spec script, he saw it as a chance to address his own fears as a parent, and for the safety of his kids with his actress and wife (Emily Blunt), who also stars in this film. At its heart, (A Quiet Place) is about that, and that's why the drama works. Once again, my (JAWS) story comes up: before they go on the boat to kill the shark, you better be emotionally invested in the characters, otherwise, it's just another body count. Krasinski has quoted (JAWS) in interviews as one of his inspirations. It shows.
So, how would you protect your family if in the near future, the earth has been overrun by monsters that will swiftly and viciously kill you at the slightest sound? How would you live another day, when any mistake, could be the end of any one of you? How do you protect your wife, if she is about to go into labor and give birth when any loud noise will be certain instant death? Childbirth and labor ain't a quiet place.
One such family is the focus of actor, writer, and director John Krasinski's new horror, suspense film: (A Quiet Place), and he does a fine job. Its 90 minutes of pure anxiety, and it is meant to be that way.
The story isn't all that original, but the setup intrigued me, and as we meet our family at the beginning of the film, after some sort of apocalyptic event where we are told the number of days since the event happened. They are walking through some long abandoned general store in a small town, in what seems like upstate New York, foraging for supplies. We see old newspapers that flap in the wind, with headlines that refer to what has happened. They are all barefoot, and it is quickly apparent that they are all trying to be very quiet. If they make a sound, something bad will happen. In addition to (Krasinski and Blunt) as mom and dad, they have two young boys (Noah Jupe and Cade Woodward) and the amazing older daughter: Regan (Millicent Simmonds) who is deaf in real life, as she is in the film. She has a hearing aid that doesn't work very well, and dad has been tinkering in the basement to fix it with spare parts he finds in town. For a majority of the film, they speak in sign language. When then youngest boy finds a toy spaceship that lights up and makes noise on the shelf, dad puts the kibosh on that right away.He takes the batteries out and puts it back.
Regan feels bad and gives the toy back to her little brother when dad isn't looking. But little kids, are little kids, so the boy puts the batteries back in. Bad idea, and when the family is crossing a small bridge, and the boy pushes a button on the toy and it makes noise, tragedy strikes.
Flash forward months later, and we see the farm that the family lives on. We see the sand that is poured on the paths, to muffle their steps when they walk, and the elaborate lights that will turn red when danger is near.There are notes and newspaper clippings of the events and a ham radio that dad sends SOS signals out to all over the world to see if someone answers. The kids play board games with soft items to not make a sound. We also learn that Blunt is pregnant and some of the items that are being prepared, are to somehow help her give a silent childbirth. They are holding on to a normal life for their kids the best they can and trying to survive because something is waiting to get them.
This is the setup of the movie...and you know whats coming. I can't recall a film where I was so acutely aware of every noise, or lack thereof, and how it translated to my own viewing experience watching it. Krasinski does a good job of setting the scene and atmosphere of where they live, and the loving dynamic of the family. These are good people with good children, and you care very much what happens to them. When the shit hits the fan, you get only glimpses of the creatures at first, but the sounds they make, are truly effective in creating terror. As the tension builds, the moments of suspense keep ratcheting up and up, with a couple of truly white-knuckle moments, that will have you wondering how the hell they get out of this. The music is really good at times but unnecessary in other more tranquil moments, but for the most part, it works very well. All of the acting is just fabulous, but I must point out, that (Blunt) is just effortless in how good she is, and the emotional range that (Millicent Simmonds) shows is wonderful.
This is a fine job by Krasinski who has made a very good horror and suspense movie that had even the most vocal patrons during the previews in the theater I saw it in, quiet as a churchmouse once the movie started.
That's good filmmaking.
You should see this movie.
Actually, it's a B+.
watch the trailer: