A Quiet Place is directed by John Krasinski who also stars in the lead role alongside Emily Blunt and is about a family forced to live in silence among this post apocalyptic society where just the slightest sound, could trigger the creatures who roam about. Whats most astounding about this film is the actors ability to convey emotion through out every scene with little to no words through out. It was captivating to see Krasinski who is typically known for his comedy roles step outside the norm, and churn out a performance that is emotional, gut wrenching, and purely brilliant.
This film created an atmosphere that I haven’t quite been exposed to at all. The way the tension builds through the movie has your heart racing and you yourself feel the need to stay quiet. It brings you into this horrific world and makes you feel just as helpless as these characters. It amazes me that this film had only 8 people through out. Krasinski in particular pulled out a great performance along with his real life wife Emily Blunt. The child stars also were very good as you are able to buy into who these characters are, and just how difficult it may be to live in this distorted world. The film plays up on just how hard it is to stay quiet. You cant speak to the person you love. You cant laugh with your closest friends, or let out your emotions when depression hits. Everyone involved made the viewers believe that they also couldn’t talk or cry or any other emotion that involves noise. The camera work was excellent, and the CGI monsters where believable. The way this crew set up the lighting was perfect to be able to keep the real image of these horrid creatures hidden until they needed to be shown. The music and sounds that were used through out helped build the suspense up tremendously. Most of all was this one choice in the film that really stuck out for me and it was towards the end of the film. Without spoiling the film, I loved the choice of showing that it was daytime when the family was still in jeopardy. The very end of the film takes place at day break where in most tradition horror flicks, the suffering and torment the characters go through, usually seem to end once dawn is upon them. The beginning of the film was a great way to open our eyes to this dystopia and how easy it is to make one little mistake that will cost your life.
This film however isn’t without some flaws however. The movie does stem from some stereotypical jump scares that horror movies, and thrillers alike seem to never be able to escape from. The eventual item that causes the creatures to turn away from their prey reminded me a lot of 2002’s Signs which had the whole water will kill the aliens things. The ending of the film has me feeling mixed emotions. Leaving off on a cliff hanger always draws mixed feelings and for me personally I didn’t find it to be the proper ending. The buildup to the eventual night of hell these characters go through was a bit rushed as I would have liked to have seen more character building moments, and there were a few cases where the film just isn’t realistic with some of the timing, and the way things just so happened to fall.
All in all this movie builds up suspense and executes better then any thriller in the past few years. The film lives up to the hype its received. The acting was profoundly excellent, the directing choices were spot on and the suspense kept building and building, and had you completly transended into this world. The abi;ity to make the audience feel as if they needed to be quiet as well to be safe truly shows how effective this method was. Credit to John Krasinski for directing a beautiful looking, emotional thriller that will stick with you long after the film has come to a close. This is a must see and quite possibly the best film of 2018 so far