A Quiet Place (2018)

A Quiet Place (2018)
Humpo Show Rating | 7.5
IMDb Rating | 8.2
Starring: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Cade Woodward
Director: John Krasinski
Plot Summary: A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound. (IMDb)

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John Krasinski (The Office USA) has directed and starred in a fantastic and much-hyped horror that has received widespread acclaim from everyone, including master storyteller Stephen King, who knows a thing or two about creating incredible horror stories. Starring alongside his wife (Emily Blunt), the pair of them portray a married couple in an unspecified town in America where they have to live in silence due to the presence of monsters that hunt by sound. It is a tense and suspenseful ride. 

Silence is a big part of horror films, it is used when a monster, demon, murderer is out of view and the main characters are scared senseless as they try to evade death, infection or possession. However, in A Quiet Place they take it to the next level by having a largely silent film due to the hunt-by-sound monsters. It is a novel idea and one that works well and is sustained throughout. The effect of the silence helps to strengthen the tense and eerie atmosphere that is prevalent in almost every scene. Regan (Simmonds) is the pair’s deaf daughter and the decision to include a deaf actor is rightly applauded- the decision for her to remove her hearing aid was a fantastic inclusion also, as the audience could really imagine her perspective, plus it also helped to create anxious moments.

The aspect of the film that annoyed me the most was the decision-making of the children. Their poor decisions were prevalent throughout the film. It began with the rocket, continued with the game of monopoly, and was on full display when Regan decided to switch off her hearing aid even when the obvious properties of the aid had become apparent…twice! Of course these events were all used for various ends, but for me, it detracted from the overall viewing of the film as all of the events showcased the children’s poor choices, Regan’s hearing aid choice at the end was bewildering.

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A Quiet Place is a thrilling horror film that many have, and will enjoy. Krasinski’s performance as actor and director is the highlight of the film, he performed the role of devoted father and protector brilliantly. There is a scene towards the end where his character is a picture of anguish and the shot is absolutely exceptional. The film flows seamlessly and the ninety minutes flies by in no time, there isn’t a single scene or frame wasted. I could talk endlessly about the film, as it was riveting, but it was also tinged with a little frustration as it could have been exceptional. 

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17 thoughts on “A Quiet Place (2018)

  1. I enjoyed this a whole lot more than I thought I would! I’m not a horror fan (I’m practically scared of my own shadow). There were bits that I wasn’t a fan of (agreed about the children and their decisions! Also, the whole pregnancy aspect didn’t do it for me. I have so many questions, mostly WHY would you carry a baby to term in this world?? WHY?), but the more I think about it the more I liked it! The tension was perfect and it felt like such a unique take on the dystopian/alien invasion genre.

    • It feels like a horror anybody could watch, which is quite rare.
      That peeved me too- but I suppose it was used as a plot device.
      It was brilliantly tense and I was drained by the end as my nerves were shredded haha!

  2. Great review there. I like the concept of the movie n want to see if for that – because of the emphasis on silence. I want to see how that plays out n it seems, from ur review, that it works well. Can’t wait to go see it.

  3. I can’t wait to see this. It’s not often that you hear overwhelmingly positive reviews for a horror film. While the poor decision making on the part of the children will no doubt annoy me, it still sounds like the kind of movie I love.

    I was reading some hysterically funny tweets the other day from people on what it was like sitting in the theater, trying to be quiet.🤣

  4. I really enjoyed reading your thoughts on the movie too. It is unbelievable how they pulled off such a premise. So many things could have gone wrong here, but they were nicely executed at the end. Regarding your issue with children’s decision-making, I can say that – they are children, aren’t they? Still relatively young. I thought it was only too believable they would make many mistakes. Besides, the stress of living each minute like your last for a child might be just too intense and unbearable.

    • It is definitely a horror film that I will watch again and again. Couldn’t agree more about pulling off the difficult premise! That sounds like a plausible explanation, and given that they had to condense all the action into 90 minutes, maybe we only got to see the children making poor decisions. Having said that, the two grown-ups also did something which was a pretty poor decision, so it wasn’t exclusively the kids.

  5. Hey! I’m back because I saw the movie this past weekend and LOVED IT!! 😀 I thought it was well done and loved how when we get Regan’s perspective, there’s no sound at all. Totally agree with you about the kids’ poor decision-making, but I think it adds reality to the show because it’s hard to have a totally silent household when there are kids about, so it all rang true to me though it also frustrated me.
    I don’t think Regan realized the usefulness of her hearing aid those 2 times, only that it really hurts sometimes (she didn’t know why). But the way she realized why didn’t ring true for me because I don’t think it’s that easy to figure out with her having the hearing aid in and on when facing the danger (those 2 times her back was turned, I think).
    That pregnancy back was so heart-rending and OMG! The dad’s sacrifice made me drop 2 tears.

    • Yeah I guess it is understandable that kids will make a noise given that they can to compress months of action into 90 minutes, and they is bound to be one loudish noise made it in that time. That’s a good point, the lightbulb moment should have been earlier when facing danger.
      The pregnancy was so TENSE! I don’t think anybody breathed for that scene. The raw emotion from the dad at that point was incredible- fantastic acting.

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