“A Quiet Place” Review ✦✦✦✦✧

3 April, 2018

Director: John Krasinski
Screenwriters: Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, John Krasinski
Director of Photography: Charlotte Bruus Christensen
Emily BluntJohn KrasinskiNoah Jupe

Synopsis: A family targeted by creatures with a highly developed sense of hearing are forced to live and communicate in complete silence, finding themselves tested while their lives hang in the balance.

A Quiet Place Review:

A masterclass in conceptual minimalism made simple yet effective by the sheer tautness of its central predicament, “A Quiet Place” pickles basic storytelling in bottomless suspense, observing a family’s day-to-day attempts at survival while faced with a grisly threat lurking in the forest. Ruthless on the hunt for fresh meat, the film’s monsters prowl like nightmare carnivores, exhibiting “Alien” traits while close encounters afford their terrified prey the potential antidote for survival. Always one step ahead of the game, the film addresses plot holes with a genuine concern for what’s to come, overthinking slip-ups to the point of madness as the likelihood of being discovered only increases with each step in the right direction.

Accepting that sacrifices of varying degrees must be made along the way, “A Quiet Place” begins on a brutal note, setting the tone for a universe where danger peers around every corner, learning from missteps in the past while a small cast of characters suffer and study their enemy without a wink of sleep at their disposal. Sensational in every scene, eclectic treasure Emily Blunt steals the show as the tight-lipped housewife crumbling behind the silence, stifling screams and bleeding alone as perpetual risk provides little opportunity for composure or respite in the face of almost certain annihilation.

Practically wheezing with unease in scenes building towards inevitable pain, “A Quiet Place” offers the Grindhouse to match the grief, facilitating violence while fashioning a handful of reasons to care about its terrified characters. Never over-complicated as scattered plot points work slowly towards a viable outcome, the film matches effect with affect, becoming an unexpected tearjerker with compassion for defenceless humanity, making viewers aware of their own vulnerability while chairs creak, popcorn packets rustle, and coughs echo throughout a packed screen. This is filmmaking at its finest and most chilling, a look inwards at the essence of fear with one-note simplicity.


Review Date
A Quiet Place