A Quiet Place – Movie Review

May 04, 2018 By Southpoint Tuggeranong

A film with only ten spoken words throughout its entirety has never been so terrifying. A Quiet Place builds its suspense by creating a sense of nauseous fear through the use - or perhaps lack thereof - of sound.

Mysterious and deadly creatures are killing anyone they come across, but there’s a catch. The creatures are blind and rely on their intense sense of hearing to feed.

Lee (John Krasinski) and Evelyn (Emily Blunt) have created a home in the silence with their children. For daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds) this isn’t unusual; being born deaf has meant she has always lived in silence. Conveniently, this also means that the entire family is proficient in sign language. Unexpectedly, Evelyn falls pregnant, and the family prepare for this new, daunting challenge, huddled away in the woods.

Both Krasinski and Blunt, who are married in real life, offer powerful but quietly understated performances opposite one another, however it’s the children who really stand out. Regan’s desperation to help and frustration at not being useful is heartbreaking, while son Marcus’ (Noah Jupe) fear is palpable.

  Previously best known for his character Jim on The Office, Krasinski shows that he’s more than excellently timed facial expressions. Credited as both screenwriter and director, Krasinski is positioning himself for a very bright future as a filmmaker.

And whilst not strictly a horror film or even outrageously in-your-face scary, the tension builds easily and even the bravest of us may find ourselves gripping the edge of the seat. There’s a sense of nostalgia in this well-executed creature feature; a simple monster movie yet with blockbuster-scale monsters.

Clever and poignant, A Quiet Place tells a very powerful story with minimal words.

  - Laura White

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