A Quiet Place
There are horror movies whose premise build on creepy imagery and there are films that rely mostly on jump scares. A Quiet Place is in a league of its own. As eerie as it may seem, the scarcity of sound in this film creates an atmospheric tension that I had not experienced before.
The story, co-written by the director, Krasinski himself, does not waste any time establishing the fact that this film is not about a predator race or the fight for mankind’s existence, instead, it’s about a family trying to beat the odds with a sole goal – to survive.
Krasinski does an incredible job in directing this film and cleverly plays with the audience’s expectations. The level of detail here is mind-boggling that just elevates the feeling of realism to another level. The presentation of this movie is such that it will affect you if you think about it afterward. It’s hard to even imagine a world without sound. It is such an intricate part of our existence – that’s who we are.
The acting department is led by John Krasinski with his real-life wife, Emily Blunt as parents, and they are impeccable. Child actors, Millicent and Noah do a fantastic job as innocent kids trying to adapt to the not so favorable way of life. And since there is minimal dialogue in the film, the sounds become such an important entity here that every time there is a noise, it shoots up your anticipation leaving you highly anxious. The sound design is very sharp and brilliantly crafted.
This is a nerve-wracking movie that gets you vested from the very first scene. Yes, in a post-apocalyptic setting, it leaves a bag full of unanswered questions but if you are able to immersive yourself in the filmmaker’s vision, it’s easy to get past that. The ending was a little shallow IMO that it came out a little surprising as they chose to end it like that. Altogether, A Quiet Place is technically very sound (pun intended) and tells a family’s heart-wrenching horror story – a must watch.
Watch the trailer here: