Review: A Quiet Place (2018)

A Quiet Place-2018

Synopsis: A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.

John Krasinki’s A Quiet Place takes place in the near future, where Earth has been overrun by blind, predatory creatures, that hunt by sound. It is never really said as to where these creatures come from, but the vague references to spaceships will let your imagination lead you to believe that these creatures are in fact extraterrestrial. Also, I think I read an interview with Krasinski where he flat out said they were aliens. At any rate, the whole world is being attacked by these gnarly bastards, and A Quiet Place is a story about one family trying to survive the onslaught.

Beautifully shot in upstate New York, A Quiet Place begins, and ends with the story of Lee, and Evelyn Abbot, and their 3 children. Real life husband, and wife John Krasinksi, and Emily Blunt play the leads. Millicent Simmonds, plays their deaf daughter Reagan. Noah Jupe, and Cade Woodward play their two sons Marcus, and Beau. A Quiet Place subtly explains its plot points through news paper clippings, and the silent family’s journey through an abandoned town, as they scavenge for food in a near dystopia. As we learn more about the ways the family has survived this alien apocalypse, we also find out that there are 3 creatures living in their area. Everything they do to survive is predicated on the fact that they mustn’t make a loud noise. The creatures are blind, and only hunt by sound. As you can imagine, this makes life extremely difficult when you have 3 children all under the age of 13. Because of this, the Abbott family, and a handful of other families in the area are constantly under attack, and living in fear.

I will make this review brisk, and left to your imagination, just like the movie itself. I don’t want to give away much more than I’ve already told you. I will say that A Quiet Place is hands down the best horror movie I have seen so far in 2018. 48 hours after my viewing, and Im still buzzing about. The acting from everyone is superb. Millicent Simmonds, who is deaf in real life, was a marvel. Emily Blunt, and John Krasinski  are very believable as loving parents trying to save their children from the impending doom that lurks beyond their doorway. Krasinski as a director and writer is amazing as well, and I look forward to his future projects. His homage to horror classics like Alien, and Aliens are obvious, but very welcome to a guy like me. He built suspense, and terror as the 2nd, and 3rd act developed, and got the very best performance out of his talent on set. Big Kudos to Jim on this one.

The special effects were on point for a movie with a seemingly smaller budget. The tiny bit of dialogue, the brisk pacing, and vague story telling left a lot to the imagination, and was a breath of fresh air for the genre. There’s a lot to be debated about A Quiet Place, but one thing I will not debate is the quality of this film. It is excellent. Do yourself a favor, and go see it as soon as possible.

I rate A Quiet Place 8.5 out of 10 stars.

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About me in Horror: My love for horror can be attributed to one man, my Father. I was maybe 5 years old when he showed me some of his favorites such as Halloween, The Thing (Carpenter), Night of the Living Dead, and Jaws. While some parents would shelter their kids from such violent films, my father saw no problem in taking the family out to the Hillside Theatre in Hillside, Illinois for a horror movie. We saw films such as Hellraiser, Aliens, and Pet Semetery when I was but a wee, little lad. I love my father for doing this, and to this day these films and many more stay with me as some of my favorites. My favorite sub genre of horror would be the zombie genre. There’s something about the way zombie films reflect society as a dwindling, mindless horde of sheep that I believe appealed to me on a subconscious level as a kid. This look at society hits me at a more conscious level as an adult. Romero, is of course, the god of these films. However, I will watch pretty much any piece of crap Hollywood churns out simply because I cannot refuse an old fashioned zombie story. I would hate to rank all the other sub genre’s because I enjoy them all. Slasher’s, creature feature’s, creepy, killer doll movie’s, whatever. It’s all good to me as long as it’s well done, and sometimes not so well done. I’m not nearly as well versed as other Syndicate writers with horror before 1970. The 70’s, 80’s and 90’s are my favorite decades for horror, but I have seen and loved classics like The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Wolfman, King Kong, and Pyscho. Recently, thanks to The Horror Syndicate, and a good friend of mine, I’ve also been getting more familiar with the Italian horror films that so many seem to love, and that I missed out on as a kid. About me personally: Im the youngest of two boys, born in Mel Rose Park, Illinois, an originally Italian populated suburb West of Chicago. My father, full blooded Polish, and my Mother, full blooded Italian, gave me a wicked temper, and a love for sausage. I grew up playing tons of sports. Baseball is however my favorite. I started playing guitar at age 12. I had my first metal band at age 17, and to this day I still write and record music for fun in my little home studio aka my living room. I’ve never been married, nor have I ever had children, but I’ve been close twice. I graduated from the Joliet Junior College Culinary School in 2011, and have been working as a chef or cook at various levels, and positions in the food industry ever since. In closing, I’ve seen the Exorcist about 167 times, and it keeps getting better every single time I see it!! Not to mention that you’re talking to a dead guy!! My top 10 Favorite Horror in order (subject to change) Jaws Aliens The Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Exorcist Halloween Alien Night of the Living Dead A Nightmare on Elm Street The Thing (Carpenter) The Lost Boys