Archive: A Quiet Place (2020) A Review

I was so happy when this hit Netflix a couple weeks ago.  I know the sequel has been delayed indefinitely, but I couldn’t remember anything about the first one, so this was a good memory jog,

Certificate: 15

Director: John Krasinski

Screenwriter: Bryan Woods, Scott Beck

Starring: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds

Genre: Drama, Horror

Runtime: 90 Minutes

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

If you are looking for a film with Atmosphere, this is definitely one for you.  Hoo Boy!  This has the kind of atmosphere that leaves cinema goers white knuckling the arm rests and balancing on the edge of their seats. 

A secluded family, living on a farm in rural backdrop are preparing for the arrival of a new baby.  The catch?  The world has been infested with alien (I am assuming?) creatures that hunt you using sound.  So their entire day to day lives are carried out in complete silence.  After their family home is attacked by these creatures, they have to fight to survive, while protecting the newest member of their family.

This film has one of the most distressing opening scenes I have seen in a while.  Although the actual tragedy is left ominously off-screen, it is obvious what has happened, and it just sets the heart wrenching, nail biting atmosphere for the rest of the film.  It is amazing how so much horror and tension can be portrayed with so few words, as the majority of the film runs without a single word being said.  A testament to the actors and writers involved that they could still tell an amazing story, without the need for dialogue.  However, it does start to feel a little long towards the end.  With dialogue to help the story along, you really do need that big, dramatic third act to keep your interest as the middle portion of the film seems way to long for me.

This film does fall aoart a little if you start to look at the details though.  If the monsters are distracted when there are larger ones nearby, why not live near the waterfall, or blast music 24/7, and not have to live in constant fear?  Would the youngest child at the beginning really have been able to make the toy work again after the mother removed the batteries?  I know some pretty slippery four year olds, but I don’t think that is the case. How did they gat all the lights and fireworks set up without making any noise?  Why on earth would you decide to have another baby in a world where making noise of any kind is a death sentence?  So So many problems that really upset the apple cart here.

 If you can look past a lot of the dumb decisions the characters make here and can enjoy the movie for the story it is trying to tell, then you will have a grand old time.  Ut just…don’t look too close ok.

A Quiet Place is now Available on Netflix UK

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