Shhhh! “A Quiet Place” Review


By Joe Durante

Contributing Reporter

What is happening this week at the movies? On April 6th, John Krasinski’s directorial debut film, A Quiet Place, hit theaters and Krasinski not only directs but also stars in the film alongside his wife, Emily Blunt.

Is this movie worth the hype its been getting? Could this be 2018’s Get Out? Yes, it is worth the hype, but I would say it’s a different kind of movie than “Get Out.”

It reminded me of the hidden Cloverfield movie we never got and maybe this could be that movie.

In the film, it’s the year 2020, and planet Earth has been overrun by sightless, creatures with extremely sensitive hearing.

The Abbott family, consisting of husband Lee (Krasinski), wife Evelyn (Blunt), deaf daughter Regan         (Millicent Simmonds), sons Marcus (Noah Jupe) and Beau (Cade Woodward) on the hunt for supplies while remaining as silent as possible and communicating through sign language.

Lee gets his son Beau a toy Space Shuttle, warning him that its noise could attract the creatures, and removes the batteries.

Taking pity on him, Regan returns the toy to Beau who, unseen by the family, restores the batteries. Later, Beau turns the toy on and attracts one of the creatures, which tears him apart off-screen.

One year later, Evelyn gets pregnant and the family ends up staying on the run from being hunted by these creatures.

I have to say that this film could have been a major missed opportunity for the horror movie genre.

Instead, it became a success and it’s one of the hottest movies to see right now. Krasinski and Blunt may have perfect chemistry as husband and wife off the screen and it really shines on screen as well.

A major fun fact is that John Krasinski requested a deaf actress to play his daughter in the movie.

That actress is Millicent Simmonds, and she is already making a name for herself in the film industry. Not only she was in A Quiet Place, but she also starred in a little indie film called Wonderstruck which starred Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams.

I am very sure that we are going to see this fine young actress in many more films to come in the next year.

Overall, it’s one of the most entertaining movies of 2018. Kudos to John Krasinski for making such a terrifying horror picture. The special effects also work great in this horror masterpiece and I still can’t wrap it around my head if this movie is indeed a Cloverfield film or not. The monsters looked very similar to Cloverfield along with the plot of this movie.

Could this be the film that we never got on Netflix on Super Bowl Sunday? If that’s the case, it was worth the wait.

Everything works for the most part but I would not call this film Get Out of 2018. Get Out was more of a supernatural thriller while A Quiet Place was more of a Science Fiction Horror Movie. Still, it’s worth seeing. Four and a Half Stars.


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