A Quiet Place - 2018. Director - John Krasinski
A Quiet Place boasts an interesting idea, that is so effective that I found myself being silent. Unique and absorbing.
The performances of the child actors. Both of the children are completely convincing, and show great maturity in roles that demand alot without using dialogue. Deaf actress Millicent Simmonds is particularly impressive, and her performance offers an insight to how alienating life can be for those who cannot hear.
The constant peril was exciting and gripping. I was on edge for the 90 minute runtime, and felt genuinely anxious for the family whenever they made a noise.
Lack of context. I applaud the mystery, but even a little information about the what, or why or when would have gone a long way.
Dissappointing ending. The film was meticulously thought out, but the final scene, and how it concluded felt rushed.
Shot in 36 days.
Actress Millicent Simmonds has been deaf since infancy due to a drug overdose.
A Quiet Place is one of the most talked about horror films of the year. In my opinion, it is more thriller than horror - and a good one at that. Here is a film that is uniquely absorbing, and is a bold move from a director who is new to the genre. John Krasinski impresses both in front and behind the camera, with his emotional performance, and simple yet captivating story. It would be easy for a film with minimal dialogue to feel boring, but the intelligent, resourceful family make you root for them right from the off. The additions of a deaf daughter, and pregnant mother offer interesting subplots to an already difficult situation. For the most part, A Quiet Place is tense, suspenseful and intelligent, but is spoilt by an ending that feels a little rushed. If you don't buy into the world this family is in from the start, the film will seem dull and most likely drag. But, if like me, you do buy into the story, you're sure to have a good, albeit tense time. 7.5/10
Writing credit: @scribblesbyemma