A Quiet Place

Film, Horror
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A Quiet Place

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

John Krasinski's smartly-executed monster movie grabs you and doesn't let go

A Quiet Place is like Aliens retooled as a militant librarian’s fantasy. Actor-director John Krasinski’s relentless shocker thrives on a nifty premise: in a post-apocalyptic near future, a family must survive in a world where the slightest sound brings out deadly monsters. With minimal dialogue – characters communicate by (subtitled) sign language, eye contact and whispers – A Quiet Place is pure, bold cinema, its images and creepy sounds working together to scare the bejesus out of you.

Save for some late-in-the-day news headlines, Krasinski admirably gives us little backstory for the monsters. Instead, mum (Emily Blunt), dad (Krasinski), son (Noah Jupe) and daughter (Millicent Simmonds), whose deafness means she can’t hear the beasties coming, are just shoved through the mill. Nerve-shredding set pieces revolve around a nail sticking out of a stair, a flooding basement and a Jurassic Park-like run through a field. All done with ruthless brio.

The rules of this world are fast and loose, so the monsters can’t hear over waterfalls but can listen through walls. It’s a neat allegory for the challenges of parenting in a crazy world. The family dynamics lack nuance, but real-life husband and wife Krasinski and Blunt bring poignancy, the CG beasties are striking and the film pulses with ideas. It all adds up to a monster movie to shout about. Or maybe not. 

By: Ian Freer



Release details

Release date:
Thursday April 5 2018
90 mins

Cast and crew

John Krasinski
John Krasinski, Bryan Woods, Scott Beck
John Krasinski
Emily Blunt
Millicent Simmonds
Noah Jupe

Users say (1)

3 out of 5 stars
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This is a genre that's been done to death. It's been done from indie genre films to Hollywood mainstream films. cable series as the list goes on. Fans familiar with this type of narrative can have a second sense to what will happen.

A QUIET PLACE is an old fashioned well executed monster set-up thriller that has extreme tension and suspense. The performance are all top notch in it's quiet intensity. This film is basically about survival with minimal dialogue and empty of exposition in how humanity found itself in this apocalyptic environment. Even though I could see the twist and turns coming at the end of this 95 minute movie I'd respected director/actor John Krasinki's direction in his third directorial effort.