A Quiet Place
Directed by John Krasinski
Quick Synopsis… In this tense chiller, the horror mounts as the Abbott family struggles to survive in a postapocalyptic world where monstrous blind creatures use their supersensitive hearing to stalk human prey — forcing the Abbotts to live in silence.
- I went and saw this with Jeff when it came out last year.
- Jeff is the kind of guy who likes to have popcorn whenever he sees a movie.
- Throughout this movie, I could hear every single movement his jaw made… every single popcorn kernel that crunched between his teeth…
- Because the theater was silent as the grave and the atmosphere was beyond tense.
- Every time a noise was made, panic set in just a little.
- Despite the knowledge that this is a brilliant work of fiction and the creatures depicted here do not actually exist, nor are people hunted for making the slightest noises.
- Even now, as I watch it again, I keep feeling like I need to turn up the volume, like there’s something wrong with me hearing.
- Or maybe the air conditioner is too loud and I should turn that off for a while…
- Do you all remember seeing trailers for this before it came out? This flick looked absolutely terrifying.
- We begin with an introduction to the Abbotts, a family of five who silently search for supplies in an abandoned drug store.
- They are getting by in a world where some kind of extra terrestrial creatures have arrived on Earth and hunt down anything they can hear.
- Their daughter, Regan, is deaf, but able to hear with the help of cochlear implants, when they’re working properly.
- Their youngest son wants to take a toy space shuttle with him, but Lee (John Krasinski) communicates (via American Sign Language) that the toy would be dangerous because it’s just too loud.
- He removes the batteries, setting those and the toy on a counter as they leave to walk home.
- Regan, feeling bad for her brother, grabs the shuttle and gives it to him, leaving the batteries… but the kid grabs the batteries anyway.
- You know where this is going…
- A little more than a year passes.
- Understandably, Regan blames herself for what happened to her brother. She also believes that her father blames her, too.
- This has led to a strained relationship between the two of them.
- However, it’s clear, throughout the movie, that Lee loves his daughter very much. He just has a hard time showing it.
- You know how guys can be…
- At this point, they are preparing for the birth of their fourth child by building a soundproof underground room that they hope will drown out the baby’s inevitable cries.
- Y’all… I really don’t want to go into more detail than this because this is still a pretty new movie, having only been released last year.
- So there may be a bunch of people reading this who haven’t watched it yet.
- And I really think you should see it.
- Sure, it’s intense and has moments that are pretty scary. But try not to think of it as a horror movie.
- At its heart, this movie is about this family and the relationships that they have with one another.
- I’m pretty sure I’ve read that a sequel has been put in motion, which kind of disappoints me.
- I mean, I knew that would happen because this one was such a hit.
- But it made such a fantastic stand alone story. I kind of feel like a sequel will only ruin it.
What did you think of A Quiet Place? Did the family dynamics outweigh the scariness of the movie? Let me know in the comments!
Come back tomorrow for an R movie that’s rated PG-13. It’s a story that’s been told and retold on the big screen and small screen probably dozens of times. Any guesses?