John Krasinski, the actor most known for playing the unamused Jim in the hit tv sitcom, “The Office”, has just directed a new horror/thriller. In “A Quiet Place” civilization has been rapidly decreasing with the existence of monsters who prey on sound. A small family fights for survival as they learn to live their lives while staying completely silent. Using sing language to communicate and sand to soften their footsteps, they must stay silent for each noise they make may result in instant death. The film stars John Krasinski as Lee (the father) and Emily Blunt as Evelyn (the mother). Their three children are played by Millicent Simmonds (Regan), Noah Jupe (Marcus) and Cade Woodward (Beau).
“A Quiet Place” is without a doubt one of the tensest movies in recent years. The very opening sequence sets the film up to be a heart pounding and muscle clenching adventure. There is barely any dialogue in the film, but it is far from boring. This is a literal “edge of your seat” movie as you wait for something to go wrong. Any believe me, there are many instances in which that occurs. The jump scares are plentiful and effective, showing us that Krasinski has apparently had the talents of directing the horror genre in his back pocket all along.
This is a horror film, and usually in that genre, there are characters that make stupid decisions, and the audience can easily see what will happen next. That is not the case with “A Quiet Place”. Krasinski’ s directing, and screenplay makes us care about the characters and the situation. The entire film is mostly unpredictable as well, something that is refreshing for the horror genre.
The performances here are great. John Krasinski gives an intense performance as he fights for both his survival and his family’s. He looks after his daughter, teaches his son how to survive in their quiet situation, and looks after his pregnant wife. Emily Blunt’s performance is incredible here too. As many have seen in the trailer, the scene where she is in the bath tub is tense, pulsating, and terrifying. This is all thanks to her performance. Her best scenes however, do not stop there. There are numerous instances where she gives her best acting. All these scenes however, make you clench your muscles, making you believe that if you make a sound, the characters on screen will suffer the consequences.
This is one of those films that is important to see in the theater. It just won’t have that same effect if you view it at home with the lights on and cars driving by the house. The recommended viewing for this film is in the theater. Although be aware. You do not want to be making any noise. There are always those moviegoers that have a popcorn or a bag of chips no matter what, knowing very well what the film is about. I mean come on…it’s in the title.
Tensest Scene: Any scene with Evelyn vs the creature (so many scenes)
Most Frightening Scene: Old man in the woods
Rewatchability: 75% (only in a darkly lit, quiet theater)