Suspense and tragedy grip you from the opening scenes of this film right until its final moments.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, a family of four live in a rural, desolate area communicating with each other only through sign language. Their tense existence relies on remaining silent, fearful that the slightest wrong move or sounds means instantaneous death. The creatures that have devastated mankind are hungry, blind and stalk their prey solely through the use of sound. This element adds tension to every single step the characters take.
A Quiet Place stars real-life husband and wife John Krasinski and Emily Blunt as Lee and Evelyn Abbott, the pair providing effortless chemistry on screen. Kransinski said his film deals with “the extremes you go to to protect your kids,” perhaps a memoir to his real children.
The story reliant on facial expressions, body language and close up camera shots to portray the character’s emotions. Krasinski directed and co-wrote the unnerving film leaving much to the audience’s imagination. How the alien creatures came to be remains unexplored, glimpses of newspaper headlines lead viewers to believe that majority of human kind has perished.
One of the most difficult details to comprehend as a viewer is that Evelyn is pregnant. The couple are bringing a child into the world knowing that the birth of a child is never silent nor is the baby silent. The climactic scene where she has to give birth in silence is excruciating to watch, the audience unable to fathom such pain.
Praise came from movie goers, Heidi, 20 said “I loved every minute and basically passed out from holding my breath.” Another person Ella, 21, exclaimed “you’ll be sitting on the edge of your seat the whole movie!” The cinema was packed to the brim and exceeded expectations by making $50 million in America its opening weekend.
A Quiet Place is a much needed break from the overbearing soundtracks in mainstream horror films. It is an unusual experience to watch a predominantly silent film, however the quietness adds an unexpected psychological element. This terrifying movie spreads its fear and silence into the cinema audience. Watchers become acutely aware of their own sounds, no crunching of popcorn or slurping of drinks, and barely any movement. The silence and oppression the family lives with adds to the relentless sense of doom. A Quiet Place leaves the audience lost for words, a truly exceptional horror film.