Think about all the sound you make, from the tap, tapping of a keyboard, to an involuntary sneeze, hiccup or sniff. Now imagine that sound could get you killed.
A Quiet Place takes place in the not so distant future. A future in which planet earth has been invaded by strange creatures from another planet.
These creatures are large, armoured, have teeth like an Alien, can squish you like a fly. The catch? Their blind. They do have incredible hearing, though this requires them to ‘open’ their head to reveal their hyper-sensitive ears.
Evelyn, Emily Blunt (Sicario, Edge Of Tomorrow), Lee, John Krasinski (The Office (TV), It’s Complicated), their daughter Regan, Millicent Simmonds (Wonderstruck, Color The World (Short)), son Marcus, Noah Jupe (Wonder, Suburbicon) and son Beau, Cade Woodward, are survivors.
They are holed up in farm house somewhere in middle America. They know the score, stay silent, do what else you can to survive. Tragedy strikes, however, when Beau, the youngest child, switches on a loud toy he’s picked up in an abandoned store, the monsters are quick to find the source of the noise.
Over a year later, and the family have survived and are now expecting another baby. They know of three monsters in the area but have been unable to find their weakness.
As a series of unfortunate events occur, the monsters end up in the house and on the grounds, sacrifices must be made, survival is all that matters, and will they ever find their weakness?
A Quiet Place is a very different and brave film. At a time when the likes of Marvel are smashing it with loud explosions, one-liners and rockets, director and co-writer John Krasinski takes things in completely the other direction.
The family communicates via sign language, learnt because daughter Regan is deaf already, her hearing aid having stopped working long ago, despite Lee’s attempts at fixing it.
The story is a slow build, creepy and silent, any sound makes you jump out of your skin and Krasinski makes full use of the opportunities afforded to him.
The monsters, seen in quick blurs or in parts to begin with, are a delight when they finally reveal themselves. Borrowing heavily from Alien and other creature features, but that’s no bad thing.
Both Jupe and Simmonds are spectacular. Jupe is the young son, scared of this world he’s grown up in whilst Simmonds is a bit older, slightly shielded because of her lack of hearing anyway, she’s tougher, more resilient and resourceful.
Blunt and Krasinski, real life husband and wife, are wonderful as the parents. Krasinski the harder of the two, he takes the loss of their son harder than most and it’s not clear if he blames Regan or not, though he says not.
Blunt shines, particularly when her waters break, and she has to deal with a monster in the house, all the while keeping as quiet as she can. She grimaces and grins and bears things as best she can, her face a gamut of emotion.
A Quiet Place is a wonderful film, it’s hard to say it’s horror, despite the fact it will make you jump. Turn the lights out, crank the sound up, put the red wine down and enjoy.