As soon as I caught the trailer, while attending another movie preview, I knew I was going to see A Quiet Place. Whether alone or with my husband- I needed to see it. I caught it and fell in love! But it carries a strong similarity with a book I'm currently reading.
The movie is set in 2020. The world has fallen and there aren't many survivors. The world has succumbed to creatures that attack what they hear. Like large bat-like creatures, they run and fly through the air to destroy their prey. But how did they arrive? How are there so many? Where did they come from and are they really invincible?
A man and his family are survivors. Walking along sound proof paths, using items that make no noise and using well-practiced sign language, for more than one reason, they endure quietly You could even say they're slightly happy, but no. They aren't, Having to always be on watch for danger and careful to always, EVER quiet, they reside on a farm with plenty of contingency plans. Is it enough for them to live carefree? Not in the least.
And how do you defeat an enemy who appears to be unbeatable?
A Quiet Place is incredible! From the very beginning to end, I found myself thinking- looking at small things. Like the newspaper articles, the news reports on screen and even the calendar beside Evelyn (the wife) as she prepares to deliver her baby. I found myself watching for particulars that explained things- sorta like Easter egg hunting.
I loved this movie. It was carefully played out as a classic horror movie. There wasn't a great showing of the monsters before the story got deep, allowing the character interaction to carry the movie along. It worked because I found myself reading eyes, facial expressions and trying to predict the next move. I don't recall exactly, but the soundtrack was heavy and intense too, without being too distracting. It was perfect, but I do have a concern...
A Quiet Place carries a great deal of commonality with a book by Tim Lebbon, called The Silence. It even has a deaf child. It seems like The Silence is a fore-story to A Quiet Place. It provides an origin to the creatures, talks about their flight capability and how they take over... I won't say anymore to prevent SPOILERS, but. if you get the opportunity to read The Silence before seeing A Quiet Place, it may help. If not, see the movie anyway- you're going to love it either way! I'll be posting The Silence review soon- don't miss it! Cheers!
A Quiet Place
Directed by John Krasinski
Produced by Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller
Screenplay by Bryanb Woods, Scott Beck and John Krasinski
Story by Bryan Woods and Scott Beck
Starring Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe and Cade Woodward
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