John Krasinski’s ‘A Quiet Place’ is not only an instant classic, it nabs the highest honor a picture of the horror genre could receive. Drenched in tension, relatively low on gore and brilliantly weaving a number of story threads together for not only maximum chills but emotional slam, this is more than a must-see..
This is a game changer.
What looks to be your standard apocalyptic invasion of man-eating aliens takes a dramatic turn only minutes in, and never really looks back. ‘A Quiet Place’ features Krasinski (pulling double duty as both star and director) as a young father trying to keep his family alive in a remote farmhouse after nasty creatures have brutally and violently rampaged across the planet. From what we learn from various newspaper clippings, there are few survivors, the beasts are blind and hunt their prey by way of sound. Thus, the title of the film; if an individual is to make even the slightest noise, these things will pull a Liam Neeson on your keester….they’ll find you, and they’ll kill you. Horrifically, I might add.
Emily Blunt (Krasinski’s real-life wife) plays his spouse, and in all fairness to Mr. Director, she steals the show. Pregnant and due soon, with the full realization that babies aren’t exactly quiet, the day-to-day activities of the family’s tenuous existence is particularly harrowing through Blunt’s walk, as we all know what’s coming. The combination of constant fear and deafening silence keep your attention super glued, and the fingernails sure do suffer. Oh, did I mention that their oldest child, Millicent Simmonds, is deaf? On second thought, forget the fingernails, and just put your entire hand in front of your face and peek-a-boo your way through the second half. I did.
Nothing that I’ve seen in recent memory comes close to matching ‘A Quiet Place’ for sheer intensity. The scares here aren’t cheap, they’re earned. And man, are they effective. Enough so that, as far as truly great motion pictures go, this is the one to beat so far in 2018.