STARRING: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe
A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.
In the year 2020, the world has gone into lockdown as blind extraterrestrial creatures arrive on Earth and hunt every living thing in sight as they hunt by sound due to their extremely sensitive hearing. We follow the Abbott family, remaining silent as possible and communicating solely through sign language.
Set in the year 2020, the world has gone into disarray as alien creatures with extremely sensitive hearing that hunt by sound have landed on Earth. We follow the Abbott family, forced to live in silence and communicate only through sign language. After a number of close calls, it appears that the creatures are aware of the family’s presence as Lee and a pregnant Evelyn try to remain a normal life for them and their children to survive in this new world. A Quiet Place marks the third directorial feature from John Krasinski and the first time he stars alongside his wife Emily Blunt, and is a joint venture between Paramount Pictures and Platinum Dunes.
The film wastes absolutely no time in throwing the audience into the middle of the Abbott’s plight and new way of life, as the film opens up in Day 89 and we can already tell that the world has gone to bits, as the family tip-toe around a small-town shop and immediately we learn just how dangerous sound is due to the creatures that have decided to roam the Earth. The first ten minutes are impactful and thankfully the film carries on strongly from there as we see the family communicate with each other through sign language and how even with little dialogue, we still care about the outcome of the Abbott family. After the opening we’re taking forward a year later, Lee is trying to figure out the weaknesses of the creatures by researching old newspaper articles, while Evelyn is pregnant a few weeks before she’s due to have their child….that increases the ante in what is an already intense environment. Krasinski, I think, has done a tremendous job in directing this horror thriller. There’s a few pieces that are highlighted for the audience to remember and dread as we await the outcome of such hazards (nail sticking out of a floorboard, an egg timer set) as we know what sounds they’ll produce and it’s never overplayed, it carries enough suspense that it doesn’t feel overplayed. As the film is mostly in sign language (though you can slightly hear some of the characters saying the actual lines, particularly Emily Blunt), any sound feels heightened to the point that an oil lantern getting knocked over sounds like a car crash. The sound design in this film is incredible, as is the score from Marco Beltrami. Also worth highlighting is the cinematography by Charlotte Bruus Christensen is really good here. The family dynamic is interesting to watch, as the family is still dealing with overcoming tragedy not just amongst the parents, but the children as well. Having to deal with the minimal amount of dialogue, the cast is terrific here, with Krasinski conveying a lot of emotion with his body performance and Blunt being just as great, particularly in one scene during the middle of the film. Noah Jupe is really good too as Marcus, while Millicent Simmonds, a young deaf actress, is definitely one to look for as I thought she was terrific here.
The film might not be to everyone’s taste, giving that the dialogue is so minimal and with how the film closes, there will be some that will leave the screening disappointed. I’m still coming to terms of hearing someone say that the film was a waste of time and they could’ve spent it better watching Gogglebox….each to their own but Jesus Christ.
I was completely immersed in this film, from the opening scene right until the credits rolled. The performances amongst the cast are great, especially young Millicent Simmonds and the direction from John Krasinski, along with the sound design, make this a film that definitely makes a worthwhile cinematic experience. 9/10