‘A Quiet Place’ Movie Review
The new thriller ‘A Quiet Place‘, directed by John Kransinski was released in Australia on April 5th and is set in the modern world where civilisation has been wiped out by the horrifyingly intelligent and mysterious creatures who hunt by sound. Those who have survived live by one rule: never make a sound.
This film follows a family of four: a father (played by John Kransinski), a mother (played by Emily Blunt, John Kransinski’s wife), a young son and a deaf pre-teen daughter. This family had to skilfully navigate their way through life in silence, communicating through sign language and carefully altering their home in the woods to make into a sound proof fort.
The film introduces us to the wiped out civilisation and this family by starting in a deserted town on the 89th day since these creatures emerged. We are introduced to the rule of being silent, as the family tip-toes around an abandoned super market searching for supplies and medicine. At this point in the movie, the audience understands that silence is important, as each character moved delicately, holding their breath with each movement. But it is what unfolds in the following minutes that makes the audience want to sit in silence for the rest of the film too, in fear of attracting the creatures. Although this is not a silent film, the film largely consists of silence, with only natural sounds such as breathing, wind, bird sounds and water. Silence is essential to creating suspense within this film.
This film received a 99% approval rating from Rotten Tomato’s which was not surprising as the plot was impressively thought provoking and captivating. It was curious to see how this family lived their lives in complete silence, from how they gathered food, spent quality time together and how they managed intense situations which seemed almost impossible to do in silence!
The timeline of this film was easy to keep up with as they essentially spelt it out for you by stating how many days it had been since the creature emerged, allowing the audience to understand how far they have come since day 89 at the beginning of the film.
‘A Quiet Place’ had so many intense moments that it was hard to believe that each situation wasn’t the climax of the film, until you saw the actual climax and you realise “Yep, that was it”.
This was one of those films that doesn’t end the way you hoped or think it would end, but there was definitely satisfaction in the resolution of the film.
As this is a thriller and I am a jumpy person, I found myself gasping in fright, putting my hands over my eyes and constantly begging the characters on the screen to not do what they were about to do and to just stay in a safe place. This was such an intense film that I couldn’t look away, I knew the scary parts were coming and I knew I was going to jump and potentially squeal but I couldn’t look away.
Let me be clear, this was not a ‘scary’ film, I didn’t walk out of the cinema worrying if I was going to be able to sleep with the lights off at night, it was simply intimidatingly jumpy, which I believe is what makes thrillers fun.
The most notable aspect of the creation of this film is the high quality acting, with each character playing an essential role to the plot. By estimation, there would have been only 50-100 words said aloud throughout the entire movie, the rest of the dialect consists of sign language, making body language the main method of acting throughout the film.
This film is fast paced, with constant problematic situations happening one after another, making this one of the most anxiety inducing films I have ever seen. This film was well directed and edited, making it easy to follow and easy to be consumed by the story. The special effects of the creatures was obvious but not distracting, as the CGI made the creatures look as realistic as possible.
The story line was not predictable and didn’t always go the way in which we hoped it would, but in the end I believed it satisfied the audiences need for closure.
In my opinion this was a successfully made film, which I believe will win plenty of awards, both for John Kransinski as an up and coming director and for the casts overall impressive acting skills.