Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
What’s it about?
A Quiet Place is a horror-thriller directed by John Krasinski, starring himself, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe.
The film follows the life of a family, the Abbotts, who are trying to survive in a world that is overrun by a race of savage aliens that hunt by sound. Forced to live in silence, they must try to find a way to cope with the loss of their loved ones and confront their deepest fears in order to survive this apocalypse. How they manage to do this, is what the film is about.
Straight off, what pulls you into the film is the atmosphere of fear created by the director even before the credits roll. The dystopian world building here is effective and the film is structured in such a way that the viewer is completely involved in the proceedings and invested in the fate of the family. The character building as far as the family is concerned is good and this helps us empathize with them. There are a couple of lump-in-the-throat moments that is sure to bring a tear to your eyes. With the near non existence of conventional dialogue, the director makes full use of ambient sound and lingering silences to ratchet up the tension in the proceedings. The film has a raw tenseness to it that is missing from cinemas today. The creature action is taut and suspenseful and makes for great viewing. At some points in the film, I was left clutching my seat white knuckled in fear of what was about to happen!
This film has some of the best sound design in recent film history. The ambient sound and atmospherics is almost like another character in the film. The background score is also very good as it helps in escalating the tension and enhances the overall cinematic experience. The creature design is good, but its onscreen rendition is a little too CGI for my taste.
The resolution of the film feels a little too similar to another sc-fi classic, Signs. Also, it requires a leap of faith to believe that no one thought of the solution presented in the film to kill the aliens till then, especially the governments or the scientific community. Having said that, these are minor nitpicks and do not hamper the overall viewing experience. In fact, you will be hard-pressed to notice any plot holes while watching the movie, as you will be gripped with what is unfolding onscreen!
This is one of those rare films where the entire ensemble cast has done a great job. Emily Blunt gives a great performance as the pregnant mother coping with loss. John Krasinski manages to break out of his Jim Halpert persona from The Office and give a solid performance. Infact he is the main reason why the best scene in the film works as well as it did. Millicent Simmonds as the rebellious teenage daughter is a scene stealer. Noah Jupe as the son who is forced to confront his fears over the course of the film is excellent.
An instant horror-thriller classic, this is the best film of the year so far and is a must watch for all cinema lovers.