Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Movie Review: A Quiet Place (2018)

A Quiet Place (2018) co-written and directed by John Krasinski

The Abbott family survives in a post-apocalyptic environment of sorts. Some aliens have crashed or invaded (it's not really clear which and it's not really relevant to the story--there's a lot of stuff they don't bother explaining). The aliens go about killing people but can only find them by hearing the sounds they make. The Abbotts have a deaf daughter, so they already know American Sign Language and have adapted quickly to a very new and very difficult lifestyle--making no noise as they live on a farm on the outskirts of a small town. They live a meager, terrified existence as best they can.

The simple premise is smartly executed. The family has some minor internal conflicts that make the situation more dramatic and them more human. Their close bond is the heart of the film. The parents are especially engaging as they struggle with their roles as providers for and protectors of their children (along with teaching them to be independent, which conflicts with the first two roles). Their focus on people other than themselves is the best attribute of horror-movie heroes. The actors all give great performances, especially Emily Blunt as the mom. The aliens aren't fully explained but enough information is given to make them believably menacing. The filmmakers follow the Jaws tactic of not showing the monster till the middle or the end, which works very well here.


Parental Warning: This movie is rated PG-13 and is at the top end of the rating. The movie is mild on the language and sex fronts. On the other hand, the movie is loaded with frightening and intense scenes, some with blood. Children are menaced a lot (my wife will never be able to watch this movie). Also, the mom is pregnant and is stalked by an alien as she's undergoing labor! Very intense.

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