In the modern horror thriller A QUIET PLACE, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. If they hear you, they hunt you.
What We Thought:
I wanted to love A Quiet Place, unfortunately, I did not. It gets some originality points, but ultimately there is so much wrong with it that I can’t get over its flaws. There might be some spoilers in this if you haven’t seen the trailers.
The positives are really good positives though. There is no spoken dialogue for about the first 40 minutes. John Krasinski, Emily Blunt and their children communicate through sign language. Their daughter is deaf so knowing sign language helps keep them alive. Creatures have taken over and they hear sound and kill you. They are blind, but use their hearing to track their prey. By communicating with sign language, the family limits the amount of sound they produce. Very smart.
Also smart is that they paint spots on stairs and the floor to step on to limit squeaking wood. They walk around barefoot and put sand out on paths to squash footstep noise. All smart survivalist moves!
But then there is the dumbest thing you can do in an apocalyptic situation like this (slight spoiler maybe), they have a baby. A screaming, crying baby! If your survival relies on being quiet, how on Earth are you not pulling out and making sure you don’t have a crying baby? Sure they took steps to try to quiet the baby, but come on. Something happens in the beginning of the movie (that I won’t spoil) that might have motivated them to have a child, but I still think it’s idiotic to have a baby in that situation. Plus, what type of awful sex are you having in a quiet world like this?
If that was the only thing that bugged me that would be fine, but the more I thought about the movie, the more I didn’t like it. I hated, HATED, the daughter character. I can’t say a lot about her actions without spoiling the ending, but there are other things I hated that I can talk about. She doesn’t think her father loves her. Yes, in a world being ravaged by creatures, whether or not your daddy loves you is important (eye roll). In the beginning of the movie, Krasinski hands his daughter a brand new Leatherman tool/knife just for her. So in the first 5 minutes, the audience knows he loves his daughter, but she doesn’t. Ugh, what an awful character.
At one point Krasinski takes his son to a stream to get some fish. The son is scared they will be found, but Krasinski’s character explains that you can make sounds if there are louder sounds around you. Well if that’s the case, why aren’t you living at the stream??? There is fish, clean water to drink and clean yourself with, but no, you live in a house without running water. Pitch a tent near the damn waterfall!
I liked the concept of A Quiet Place a lot. I liked Krasinski’s direction and camera movement. I liked the tone and pacing at first, but ultimately the film takes an M. Night Shyamalan nosedive and ends up being a smart movie for dumb people. If you can’t see the flaws and plotholes in the movie, you weren’t paying attention. I really wanted to love the movie, but there is just too much wrong with it.
Cast & Crew:
- Emily Blunt
- John Krasinski (who also directed the film)
- Millicent Simmonds
- Noah Jupe
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