Not since M.Night Shyamalan’s Signs in 2002 have I came out of a cinema talking about a horror movie in such excitement, A Quiet Place is a small, short, tidy story that builds a world leaving questions the audience will be theorizing about for years.
The movie is set around Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and Lee (John Krasinski) who live in a rural farm secluded from any big towns or cities, and there’s good reason for this. Any sound made attracts the attention of the movies creatures who pounce and slice anything that makes a sound. The Abbott’s are raising their children in this world and are tested through their children and dealing with small mistakes made by them, while dealing with a personal tragedy that happened to their family.
Krasinski pulls triple duty on this movie, staring, directing and writing with his partners Bryan Woods and Scott Beck. The world setup by the screenwriters is incredible, no stone has been unturned with the details of this world, small details such as not having doors to eliminate the risk of slamming helps build a fascinating setting and concept. Krasinski’s captured some beautiful action scenes too within the movie along with the sound editing, the movie has very little dialogue but this doesn’t hinder the performance as the tension is helped with great sound mixing.
The performances help build tension and shocks when needed. The Abbott children Regan (Millicent Simmonds) and Marcus (Noah Jupe) are captured brilliantly from the two relevant newcomers, and this is no easy task when not giving any dialogue to work with and you’re then relying on your body acting performances. Blunt and Krasinski work great together showing emotion and determination in their performances.
A Quiet Place’s release is around the same time as 2017’s surprise smash Get Out and it wouldn’t be hard to deny it could have the same impact as Get Out, in being a sleeper indie horror that captures an audience with great concepts and performances. The brilliant concept of the script with no dialogue and little sound, added with great performances from the small cast, makes A Quiet Place a breath of fresh air and easily one of the movies of 2018 so far…