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A Quiet Place  : Silence Is Deafening
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Friday, April 6, 2018
Horror
John Krasinski
Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds.

The way it kicks off is enough to tell you that you’re in for a new experience. There’s tension, no music, no sound, no people, only a child. Then another kid. In a local supermarket. A little boy reaches out for a toy, it falls. Her sister reaches just in time to catch it before it hits the ground.

 

What’s happening? The intrigue is high. It’s creepy but as a family gets together using only sign language and very low whispers, and there’s nobody else in sight, your curiosity goes up.

 

Why on earth is everybody quiet? And where’s the rest of the world?

 

You learn soon enough when the family heads back to where they live and the unexpected happens. Tragedy strikes.

 

As it unravels, through newspaper headlines and the family moving around barefoot, noiselessly, monstrous creatures that hit and finish anything that makes a sound are stalking the place.

 

It’s a sci-fi with more humans than alien monsters. A husband, a wife, a little boy, a deaf daughter with a bit of teenage angst in the midst of such abnormal circumstances. 

 

It’s an imaginative thought and John Krasinski who directed, co-wrote the screenplay and took on the male lead part, creates an eerie world where the jump-out-of-your-skin moments are many. But the screenplay is contrived.  Are these creatures stomping all over the earth? There are no answers to that. Why on earth would anybody in such a situation want to be pregnant with another child? Who’s going to control labour pains and the wail of a newborn? If you can stop asking questions and just enjoy the scares, then A Quiet Place will work as a new sort of horror film. With a nail sticking out of a floorboard adding to the many stifled screams.  

 

It’s a family that ultimately works out a solution at a mighty high cost. Now if you only knew what the rest of the world is up to, it could be a more than just a local adventure.

 

John Krasinski and his real-life wife Emily Blunt make a nice if predictable set of parents, she has the babies and minds them, he sets up his basement quarters to work on countering the alien invasion.

 

Millicent Simmonds, the hearing impaired young girl in real life too, is just right for her role. The creatures are grotesque as monsters are supposed to be.

 

The editing is rightly eerie, the music makes you jump or get mushy, the cinematography is bleak, stark, frightening. 

 

Verdict: For a well-made film that has its share of scares if you can unquestioningly accept the premise, A Quiet Place gets a 3* rating.

 

Direction: 3.5/5
Story: 3/5
Screenplay: 3/5
Dialogues: N/A (since it’s almost a silent film)
Music: 3/5

 

Reviewed by
Bharathi S Pradhan

Senior Journalist & Author
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