Imagine a living situation for you, your spouse and three young children where you all must live in complete silence for fear of being attacked and eaten by ferocious creatures. These are not just any creatures, but fast moving violent beasts that have have a keen sense of hearing! That is the current situation this weekend for the Abbott clan! Lee Abbott (John Krasinski), Evelyn Abbott (Emily Blunt) and their children Regan played by the remarkable Millicent Simmonds, Marcus (Noah Jupe) and Beau (Cade Woodward) must maneuver in absolute silence for their survival!
"A Quiet Place" (2018) opens up on day 89 of a post-apocalyptic encounter showing us how the family has mastered the skill of living in silence. They follow their daily chores finding items such as medicine and other vitals in abandoned stores for survival. The film shows us how the weary parents try and focus on their children's safety given the horrific situation they find themselves in. After an incident occurs, this focus on their children's well-being become one of the main focal points in this tale of survival. Tension constantly builds from the very start as we sit in near silence for almost an hour and thirty minutes hoping for the best for this very vulnerable family!
John Krasinski, "A Quiet Place" (2018)
John Krasinski of "The Office" fame does an excellent job directing the cast who plays his family. Casting his real life wife, Emily Blunt, as his on camera wife was a real treat. Her character Evelyn is an excellent depiction of how stressful it is being a mother in this situation. There are several scenes where Blunt gets to deliver superb acting skills. The situations surrounding her character create some of the most nail-biting scenes that I have witnessed from a film in recent times.
The star that shines the brightest in "A Quiet Place" is Millicent Simmonds who plays the Abbott's eldest child Regan. Regan is tortured by a past mistake while trying to win the approval of her father. This relationship between father and daughter is what drives the other portion of the film. Millicent Simmonds is hearing impaired in real life. This factor drives the story as we get several parts of the film from her perspective. I must highlight that this is a powerful asset to "A Quiet Place" as it becomes more of a focal point to the story. It truly makes for a heart warming experience while surrounded by turmoil as her family is sensitive to her experience; they all know sign language.
"A Quiet Place" does quite well from a technical stand point. As stated earlier the directing really is impeccable as we are given a good dose of each family members' experience through this terrible ordeal. Krasinski is quoted as stating that he "...is not a horror fan.", but he does quite well here. The camera shots give us various perspectives of the dismal atmosphere that the family must cope with. I can't express how well the the sound editing is executed here as we are given the experience of having t he ability to hear as well as the experience of what it's like to be hearing impaired. This really heightens the intensity and suspense in the film. I would say that the film is so suspenseful, Hitchcock would be proud. The creatures are quite well done. They have a praying mantis type of appearance and are quite menacing.
If you're looking for a wild ride this weekend go join John Krasinski's, Lee Abbott and the Abbott family on an intense thrill filled ride. I highly recommend you bring an extra pair of pants..you may need them.