When you were a child, did your parents ever tell you, “I don’t want to hear a peep out of you!”? Or did you and your friends have “silence” contests to see who could stay quiet the longest? It was always me who would erupt in laughter first because someone made a silly face or googly eyes and I could no longer contain myself. Of course that was all fun and games, but can you imagine having to be silent because your very life depended on it???
Welcome to “A Quiet Place”. This movie opens with a scene right out of the apocalypse. An empty, dirty desolate town, an empty store with empty shelves and carts turned over, a family looking for supplies to treat their sick child. We soon see the eldest child is deaf and the entire family uses sign language to communicate. The youngest child, ever inquisitive as children are, finds a space shuttle to play. When he shows it to the rest of his family, the father, intensely played by John Krasinski, quietly takes the toy from his son’s hands and removes the batteries and signs to the child that it’s “too loud”. Unbeknownst to the rest of the family, the child takes the batteries as the family leaves the store. Next we see the family walking home, single file, and their mission complete. They all stop dead in their tracks when they hear the sound of the space shuttle making noise, the young child bringing up the rear, so happy that he has a new toy. They all turn to the boy, the mother terrified for her youngest son, the father frantically running towards the child to stop the noise, the deaf child realizing what is happening. There is something in the woods, coming towards them; something terrifying, something deadly. Just when you think the father will reach his son in time, the boy is swept away by this creature from the woods, leaving the family standing there in their silent grief.
What an opening! And the movie just gets more unnerving as it goes. We follow this family on their silent journey, see how they live, how they communicate, how they survive in their silent world, all with an ever present threat of being taken if they are heard.
I love this movie because it’s not quite like anything I’ve seen before. The chemistry between the actors is definitely felt and seen onscreen. The moments shared, the raw emotions. The mood, the intensity, the fear is real. And you are definitely along for the ride.
John Krasinski not only stars, but re-wrote, directed and produced this amazing film. His portrayal of the father, Lee Abbott, is honorable and commendable as he demonstrates what he will do to keep his family safe. John’s on-screen wife, played by his real-life wife, Emily Blunt, is one of my most favorite actresses ever, and does not disappoint here. Playing the mother, Evelyn Abbott, Emily brings an unwavering commitment to the film with her character’s determination to keep her family alive.
The children, played by Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe and Cade Woodward bring some of the most terrifying scenes to life as they face their fears and struggles to survive alongside their parents. It’s been said that one should never work with children as to not be upstaged by them, but as a whole, this entire cast bring realism and utter fear to this film. Each performance stands on its own to each actors credit.
The “monster” is terrifying. It can’t see you, but it can hear you. However, it does have a weakness, as all things do. Its long thin legs, crab-like pinchers, and head that opens up like a Predator’s face, are truly a sight to behold. Yes, it’s one ugly motherfucker!
This film has the scares, the jumps, the fear that you’ve been searching for. So grab your popcorn, buckle up, and get ready for an intensely fearful ride. This is one you definitely don’t want to miss.