The film A Quiet Place, the directorial debut of John Krasinski, is a peek into the life of a family who must remain silent in order to avoid being discovered by a species of creature who can react to the slightest sound, killing anything making a noise. The film also stars Krasinski, along with his real-life wife Emily Blunt, as the protagonists Lee and Evelyn Abbott. The couple are raising a family including two young sons and a deaf daughter.
The film opens after the majority of humanity has been obliterated, and the Abbotts have resigned to using sign language and nonverbal cues to communicate with one another. This strategy, although effective, immediately shows the audience how the inability to talk, laugh, or make any human noise makes life extremely difficult for the survivors. After a tragic accident involving one of the sons, the audience is thrust into a non-stop suspenseful thriller that showcases Krasinski’s knack for visual and emotional elements that drive the story along.
Although A Quiet Place never directly explains what happened to the human race, but newspaper clippings and shots of ghost towns that the family must visit for supplies deliver enough evidence of what happened previous to the movie to make the viewer realize that the origin does not really matter, and only being able to survive going forward is what is important.
The film brings many elements of suspense that are reminiscent of an Alfred Hitchcock film mixed with classic episodes of The Twilight Zone. The music throughout the film effectively drives the plot along while simultaneously keeping the audience on the edge of its seat. With virtually no dialogue throughout the film, the viewer still feels a connection to the Abbotts that keeps everyone rooting for them throughout the film.
The creatures in the film are menacing, and mix shots that feel like some of the more intense scenes from the Jurassic Park films crossed with the demogorgon from Stranger Things. They move in unison and are constantly right outside of the shot waiting to attack the Abbott family. The breakout performance of the film is Regan Abbott (Millicent Simmonds), the deaf daughter of Lee and Evelyn, who struggles to realize her purpose and duty to the family throughout the movie.
A Quiet Place, at only 90 minutes in length, delivers an extremely suspenseful and powerful story about a family trying to survive and take care of each other against all odds. Krasinski shows his acting chops as well as his direction and writing as the somber Lee Abbott, and his brooding yet resourceful character is very relatable to the audience throughout the film. Blunt’s Evelyn as a mother who will do anything to protect her family is a very good partner to Lee.
Although the viewer may want to jump or gasp through many parts of the film, much of the fun comes from the suspense that is built up by the silence throughout the duration of the movie. This sci-fi family film is definitely worth seeing in a quiet theater, and will not disappoint.