Director: John Krasinski
Stars: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe
A Quiet Place tells the story of a family that lives in a post-apocalyptic world in which alien creatures have wiped out almost all of humanity, and where the remaining few survive by living in complete silence because although blind, these creatures have ultra-sensitive hearing. The Film stars Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe.
It is directed by John Krasinski, this being his 3rd film to direct alongside various episodes of the hit TV show, “The Office”. The buzz surrounding this film since its release has been outstanding. Both Critics and Audiences alike have been enthralled by the intense story surrounding the Abbot family and for good reason.
The film manages to rise beyond my expectations by delivering an intense, nerve-shredding thriller which you probably should not watch alone. The directing by John Krasinski is a major plus in this, especially how he uses the lack of sound to create suspense and build tension. When the characters actually do make a noise, you sit in fear and wait to see what happens next because of the threat these creatures possess as shown in the first 5 minutes.
Another key element is the performances by the cast, the stand-out for me was Emily Blunt, she gives a stellar performance. It’s interesting to see how this family survives by adapting to the new environment. As the audience, you’re actually rooting for this family and hope they all survive the ordeal. Also, the film is 1 hour and 30 minutes long, which made the viewing experience sufficient without seeming overstretched or too short
That said, the film does carry a fair share of flaws. For starters, this film has a number of plot contrivances. Spoilers ahead!
One issue that stands out is the fact that these creatures cannot hear when there is an opposing noise nearby e.g., a waterfall. That said, wouldn’t it make sense to live next to the waterfall where they can’t be heard? Also, in their current situation, and seeing how dangerous these creatures are, is it really a good idea to raise another child? For the cinematic thrill, it makes sense because we would not have a film to go see, but I believe there other ways the script could have dealt with such issues and other plot holes that do become apparent during the film’s runtime.
In summary, a quiet place is a definite ‘must-watch film’, its built upon a simple premise but manages to deliver a truly exciting thriller that grabs hold of your nerves and refuses to let go until the credits roll.