Director: John Krasinski
Writer: John Krasinski, Scott Beck
Starring: Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Cillian Murphy
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Runtime: 97 Mins
RATING: 4 Stars
Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond the sand path. – From IMDB
There is always a certain amount of apprehension with sequels isn’t there. Especially when the first film was so well received by basically everyone. For me ‘A Quiet Place’ was not a film that really needed a sequel. The first film stood on it’s own perfectly fine. So I admit I kind of rolled my eyes when I learned there was a sequel in the works. The air of mystery and the unknown that permeated the first film was part of what made it so good. We didn’t know where the monsters had come from, or what they were, or what they wanted, we just knew that they were scary motherf***ers and you wanted to avoid them at all costs. I didn’t want a sequel that would expand on the world and take that tension of the unknown away.
And while there was a good amount of exploration of the rest of the world in this film, John Krasinski did resist the urge to give us too much information. The opening scene, a flashback to the day the monsters arrived, gives us only the barest of information, instead highlights the fear and chaos of the day. I was hoping we were going to get a few more of these scenes throughout the film, but that sadly didn’t happen. But it is clear that they intend to do a part 3 of this series, so here’s hoping.
While Emily Blunt in the big name in this film, and while she does continue to give the same amazing level of performance as she did in the first film, Millicent Simmonds is the stand out star this time around. This film is very much her story, she is driving the plot, and she has the biggest amount of development here. While the first film was about survival, and how far you are prepared to go to survive, this one is more about finding a way to fight back, and it is Simmonds character that is in the forefront of that story. She gives an astonishing performance here. Playing opposite here for the majority of the film is the excellently cast Cillian Murphy as a fellow survivor. I am learning that he is trully one of the great multifaceted actors that we have working at the moment. He can pull of nearly every role with ease, and he doe it again here.
As with the first one, the scares in this film come from the suspense and the tension. Sure there are a few good jump scares in there, but it’s the waiting for the scares that does you in. Also like the first film, the characters make a lot of really dumb decisions in the guise of furthering the story. Which does get incredibly frustrating. But that is a trope that is prevalent throughout horror films, so I was kind of expecting it.
In summary: Was this film necessary? Nope. Did I still have a Blast? Of course! Was it as good as the first one? Not quite.
If you want to check this out for yourself, A Quiet Place: Part 2 is out in UK Cinemas now!