One of the best trailers that I have seen this year that made me lose my breath and be completely glued to the screen is the trailer to A Quiet Place. In case you don’t remember, the teaser trailer was enough to make me fully invested to take my money on opening weekend. See below.
Already, I am interested in where they are going with this. We are not given the backstory, we don’t even know what they look like, and the whole theme was to not make a sound. When the sound finally breaks out in the trailer, I guarantee each theatre I watched it in the audience jumped. This is what I like a horror movie to convey. Let me just say that this movie delivered those scares and a little bit more.
Emily Blunt and John Krasinski star as parents who are impacted by the presence of these creatures who are able to sense you through sound. So as long as you stay silent, you are in the clear. The whole world is impacted by this new dilemma and we watch as this family stand together and do whatever they have to do to survive their new reality.
Krasinski is taking more than just an acting cred in this movie. He was also involved as co-writer and solo director of this film. We all know him as the funny guy Jim from the office and sometimes you forget that these actors have a lot of ideas and I see a bright future in direction for Krasinski. You are thrown in head first into what the world is like with these creatures all over the world. The backstory or hints to their past and what the creatures are done in a nice subtle way and I’ll even say that it was a necessity the maneuver the film was able to give us information without taking us out of the context of the film which is to stay quiet.
A great way this film made you feel a part of the experience is that this family communicates in ASL (American Sign Language) to avoid having to talk. In addition to that, they have come up with ways to travel, hunt, and get all the needs they need to stay warm, fed, and healthy. One of their children, Regan played by Millicent Simmonds is deaf and so the family is assumed to have already nailed the language down before this invasion has happened. All of this is to give you that experience of not being able to speak. Having said that, about 90% of the movie is subtitled from the dialogue of the film. The movies is not dead silent though. The movie does have a musical score and of course the sounds of the creatures and also from their surroundings as they take haven on a farm in the country.
One of the things I like about this film is that we are presented with a smaller cast. It is very intimate straight forward story. The movie is a 90 min long movie and we are given everything we need to witness what it is like to not be able to speak for fear of being ripped to shreds by blood thirsty creatures. This film is not just a cat and mouse thrill fest of just running from monsters the whole time. The side story I guess you can call it is a family trying to get over a tragic event that is really difficult to recover from. Parents having to make decisions others don’t agree with, and children growing up faster than they expected and not being able to be a kid when they should be. That understanding of a parent’s job to protect their children and why they continue to fight to stay alive. Just like any zombie show or movie, you learn about your enemy and you create tactics and escape procedures to make sure you can outwit these monsters. This film had a lot of examples of that and for the most part was very clever in the execution.
The scares are done in a tension build slow burn kind of way. Yes, there are jump scares throughout the film but at first they just give you glimpse of what the creatures look like and by the time they show you the whole thing, it just intensifies the fear. Let me just say that, the editing of this film did a great job as keeping us in the unknown and to be just as surprised as when these creatures were lurking that we found out when the characters did. We also were suspended of sound whenever we were in the point of view little Regan. There was also one seen where I personally couldn’t even watch. I knew it was coming and still I couldn’t bother to look. As much as I enjoy horror, there are just some things that I don’t need to see but this was one of them. I wonder if you will feel the same way and know which part I’m talking about when you see it.
The experience watching it on the big screen I would say is a must. It has been quite a while where I saw a movie about fictitious monsters catch everyone’s attention the way it did. From what I remember, you couldn’t hear a phone ring, or shuffling in their seats, not even popcorn being eaten or drink being sipped. It was so silent in that theatre because I bet for some people, if we made a sound we felt we were getting hunted. One person actually sneezed in the theatre and the whole auditorium started laughing. It’s a funny moment because we have been reduced to the same feeling as the characters in this film and that is Silence is survival.
This PG-13 horror film while also very heavy on the drama is a very entertaining movie. It was well acted and I think written in a way that opens the possibilities to so much. I walked out thinking, “are we going to get a sequel?” This film will leave you with questions you want answered. Not even in a frustrating way but in a fascination and curiosity sort of way. You want to know more, you want to know how the rest of the world is dealing with this. You want know what happens next when it fades to black and those credits start showing up. There is even room for an open universe or franchise from this film. There is a little bit of “Cloverfield” in this movie as you just get a little piece of a huge puzzle you want to see completed.
I do have a few questions that I found to be very troubling to deal with. I don’t want to spoil it but there are just some decisions and story plot lines, a few plot holes that I don’t agree with but I would say for John Krasinski’s first go around in the director’s chair, he did a great job. This movie is a little bit of a slow burn in some parts and considered also as a drama, you may not be getting the full on thrill fest you believed you would get. The story even though creative is a little bit basic as well. Some of the family survival troupes do take form in this film and I have seen enough to say, “Try something different” but all in all, it’s worth the watch. I don’t believe you will be disappointed.
4 ½ out of 5
Thank you for reading my review. This was a great experience to watch but of course not everyone will have the same feeling. I want to hear from anyone who didn’t enjoy the film as much. This movie was a little problematic but I don’t want to spoil too much. There are individuals who will analyze this through and through. If you would like to know my deeper thoughts of the film including spoilers, make sure to tune in to the next upcoming episode of Bitch I Ain’t Scared, where Nate and I will be talking about this movie with spoilers in more detail released tomorrow. Make sure to subscribe for future reviews and remember, every movie has at least one fan. I’ll see you at the movies.