Releasing Date: April 6, 2018
Starring: Cade Woodward, Doris McCarthy, Emily Blunt, Evangelina Cavoli, Ezekiel Cavoli, John Krasinski, Leon Russom, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Rhoda Pell
Summary: 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.
Director: John Krasinski
Genre(s): Science- Fiction, Drama, Thriller, Horror
Rating: 7.7/10 IMDb
Runtime: 90 min
“Those who survived lived by one rule, Never to make a sound. If they hear you, they hunt you.” John Krasinski’s “ A Quiet Place” is a nerve shredder. It builds the tension to perfection. A family must live out their lives in silence to avoid being killed by mysterious monsters that hunt purely by sound. A gripping and hugely intense experience.
It is directed by John Krasinski, who also stars in it, with his real-life wife Emily Blunt. Noah Jupe, Cade Woodward and Millicent Simmonds play the role of the three children and Leon Russom as the man of the woods. Along with John Krasinki, Bryan Woods and Scott Beck have written this science-fiction horror movie.
A Quiet Place is set in the recently post apocalyptic world where a slight noise can be life threatening and the best solution to survive is to move around slowly and literally tip-toe. The plot of the movie is where The Abbott family – wife Evelyn, husband Lee, congenitally deaf daughter Regan, and sons Marcus and Beau – silently scavenge for supplies in a deserted town. While the whole family are out they communicate to each other through American Sign Language. Beau, a four-year old boy was really amazed on seeing a space shuttle toy which functions with the help of batteries. But, on seeing that their father takes it away. Regan takes it again and returns it to the younger brother who activates it when the family is walking back home through the woods. Its noise makes him an instant target for a nearby creature, and he is swiftly killed.
Years laters, Regan still lives with the guilt of losing her brother, while her mother Evelyn is in her last stage of pregnancy and her husband Lee is unsuccessful in trying to make contact with the outside world. He even tries to make small amplifiers to restore the hearing of the deaf child, but in vain. Later, Lee takes Marcus to a nearby river to teach him to fish and reassures him that they will always be safe from the creatures so long as the louder noises masks the audibility of their movement’s sounds. Alone at the house, Evelyn goes into labor earlier than expected. She painfully tries to go to the basement where she accidentally steps on a nail. Meanwhile she suffers from both the contraction and from her wound. In order to attract the attention of her husband, she changes the yellow lights to red, indicating that she is in danger and is being stalked by one of the creatures.
On arriving to the farm, Lee notices the red lights and is alarmed. He instructs Marcus to set off some fireworks so as to divert the mind of the creatures, while he finds Evelyn with their new born child. The creatures are attracted by the baby’s cry but they manage to narrowly escape.
Later, Lee finds that both his children are in danger, therefore he sets off to rescue them as he had promised to keep them safe. Meanwhile on trying to rescue themselves both Marcus and Regan are trapped and attempt to light a fire to alert their father, but fail in doing so since they run out of fluid. Marcus falls into a huge grain silo and he sinks into the corn and begins to suffocate. Regan jumps in and saves her brother, while also discovering that her cochlear helps emit the creature away from them. They run away from the grain silo and rejoin with their father.
On their way out, the creature spots them again and tries to attack them. The children manage to escape and hide themselves in a truck while Lee is bruised, as he got attack by one of the creatures. Not able to see their father in such a situation, Marcus gets out of the truck and shouts as loud as possible to attract all the attention of the creature towards him. Moreover, when the creature approaches near Regan, she cannot bear the loud sound being emitted by the cochlear, thus she removes it out from her ear. At the same moment, Lee, their father, signs to them in the American Sign Language, telling them that he loves them abundantly before he sacrifices himself in front of the creature by yelling. Regan and Marcus therefore escape and go back to the farmhouse to meet their mother Evelyn and the new born baby.
In the end, Regan reads the letter left by her father on the soundsystem device he has been working on since long. On the next attack, Regan uses the cochlear to kill all the creatures who invade the basement while Evelyn uses the gun, shoots and kills the creatures. Through the CCTV monitor, they find out that two other creatures are making their way towards their house. This time, both of them are well armed and ready to attack.
“ A Quiet Place” is a no-nonsense movie – the best kind when it comes to thrillers. There is also a strong, enabling message at the core of this masterpiece. With almost no dialogue, “A Quiet Place” relies a great deal on visual storytelling. It’s a film that is about emancipating more than sheltering, and it’s that sensitive and emotional hook that really elevates the final act. It feels like every shot has been considered incredibly carefully as the film ticks like a clock on a bomb, perfectly balancing scares with scenes.
We live in a such a noisy world that it’s hard to imagine sounds being taken away. We use noise to express ourselves – it’s a part of who we are as people. And “A Quiet Place” alters that part of the human condition in a way that owes a debt to films. It wastes no time getting started, you’re plunged into silence for a good portion of the film so for all you noisy popcorn munchers out there you’ve been warned. A Quiet Place, a tense and thrilling experience achieves what many horrors fail at, and most importantly it will definitely scare you.