Story by Justice Nawman
If they hear you, they hunt you. That is the general premise behind John Krasinski’s nail-biting horror flick A Quiet Place. Since its debut on April 6, 2018, the film has raked in more than 150 million dollars on a 17 million dollar budget, continuing to gain momentum and keep audiences on their toes worldwide.
A Quiet Place, set in the year 2020, tells the story of the Abbott family who are forced to live in isolation after much of the human population has been wiped out by large, menacing creatures that rely solely on sound to locate and hunt their victims. The movie begins just as its title entails. Completely silent. Because their lives depend on a noise-free environment, the Abbotts use American sign language as a means of communication.
The absence of sound gives the viewer an opportunity to focus on the other visual and auditory aspects, besides the dialogue, that make the film more suspenseful. Its dazzling imagery, intense soundtrack score, and the character’s body language and facial expressions give a glimpse into what the family’s life is like without sound, but it also helps the reader gain a clear understanding of crucial plot points in the story.
The action starts within the first fifteen minutes and leaves the viewer feeling anxious to see what will happen next. The emotional roller coaster doesn’t stop there. After the family loses one of their own to a monster, the film flashes forward to the present day to reveal a pregnant Evelyn, played by Emily Blunt, who is set to give birth any day. This minor but important plot detail puts the story into perspective and makes the audience question how she can possibly bring a child into the destructive world that’s unfortunately become the harsh reality and above all other things, keep the child quiet.
While the action-packed sequences and stunning visuals pack a punch, it’s the cast that set this movie apart from other films in its genre. John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, married in real life, both deliver stellar performances and bring a certain depth to the film that makes you feel as though you’re a part of the Abbott family and with them every step of the way on their journey to rid the world of evil. Their deaf daughter, Regan, played by deaf actress Millicent Simmonds, also makes an impact and establishes herself as an essential character through the duration of the film. In the simplest of terms and without divulging too much of the plot, her weakness is essentially what makes the creatures tick.
The film tackles some pretty complex themes, such as the importance of family and the idea of doing any and everything in your power to protect your own. Krasinski even said himself that he hoped this film would “create conversation.” After the credits rolled and the people in the theatre finally got a chance to catch their breath, it was clear. The film definitely achieved that goal.
A Quiet Place not only boasts successful box office earnings, but has also garnered near-universal critical acclaim with a 95 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and rave reviews. Critics are calling it an “absolute blast” and audiences can’t get enough of this cinematic thriller.
However, the movie does have its flaws. The jump scares, although effective, can be a little predictable at times and take away from the film’s overall message. They can also give the viewer anxiety and cause them to focus more on their fear than the movie itself. Of course, you get what you pay for when you go see a horror film and fear is expected, so this isn’t a huge drawback by any means. Depending on the moviegoer, there are people who actually enjoy the thrill of being scared; it’s just a matter of opinion.
Even with its inconsistencies, A Quiet Place takes everything you think you know about traditional horror movies to a whole new level. It continues to speak volumes and is a wild ride from start to finish. Just a little word of advice for the faint of heart though: watch at your own risk.