This is one of those movies that I didn’t want to wait until it came out on HBO, Netflix, or even to rent to see it. I had to see this one in the movie theater. From the previews it promised to be a horror movie that has never been done before. As a horror movie fan, this piqued my interest. Mostly because just about everything has been done before and every horror movie is basically built on something else that existed before it. Anyway, I headed out to my local AMC theater on a weekend when Avenger’s: Infinity War came out, which was my first mistake. My second was actually going to an AMC theater because they just suck. VIP lines (again this is a movie theater not a convention), ticket and concession lines combined (who the hell thought this was a good idea?), and staff members who are just plain rude. I try to not let this ruin my movie going experience, so let’s get into the review of the movie.
A quiet place is about a family headed by Evelyn and Lee Abbott, played by Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, with their three children. It’s been three month’s since an alien invasion by these aliens that can’t see, have armored bodies, super excellent hearing (since they can’t see), and are super fast. It’s basically the apocalypse and most of earth has been wiped out since these aliens have no weak points. While out on this very faithful day, the youngest of the Abbott clan makes some noise and gets killed. Cut to a year later where Evelyn is pregnant and about to give birth, Lee is working on trying to find a weakness in the aliens and give the gift of hearing to his deaf daughter Regan, played by Millicent Simmonds. Lee is also trying to teach his oldest son Marcus, played by Noah Jupe, about survival. While all of this is going on, they all have to be extremely quiet. But there’s a catch. If there is noise around that’s louder than the noise the family makes, the aliens won’t hear them. How is this family going to survive? Will they find a weakness and be able to stop this alien invasion or at least kill the aliens on their farm? This fast paced movie will have you on the edge of your seat as you watch to find out.
I thought this movie was great and really enjoyed it. The not being able to make a sound thing was an interesting one and it helped the movie to show a family with a deaf child who already knew sign language. Can you imagine if they didn’t? The movie would have gotten really old really quickly. But in the end this helps them in a way that I found new and innovating. I really don’t have many complaints about this movie as I was on the edge of my seat just waiting to see what happened next. How will Evelyn have her baby without making a sound? How will Lee help his children learn about survival? Will Regan forgive herself for the death of her youngest brother? The one and only complaint I have about this movie is that before the movie starts you have no background on this family. Who are these people? Who were they before the alien invasion? Evelyn is supposed to be some sort of doctor but how are we supposed to know that? Because she takes her own blood pressure and has a stethoscope to listen to her unborn baby’s heartbeat? I take my own blood pressure, but I’m not a doctor. How are we supposed to know that Lee is an engineer? Because he tries to fix Regan’s hearing implant every chance he gets and has all of this fancy equipment? He could just be someone who tinkers with electronics. A little background, even half an hour, would have gone a long way for this movie just to put you in the right setting and to see who this family was and who they are during the invasion. Other than that the movie was an amazing one as it brings a new and interesting stories into the horror genre.
When did horror movies get so emotional? I don’t mind crying when movies are sad or when they give you this ultra-happy ending that you know for a fact only happens in the movies, but seriously I hate crying at horror movies. Because this movie revolved around a family trying to survive it made it extremely emotional though. Especially since Regan thinks Lee blames her for the death of her younger brother. They even built a little shrine for him that Regan visits and Lee is oblivious to the fact that he’s distant towards Regan until his son points it out to him. Anyway, I won’t spoil it here, but it makes the ending that much sadder and had me crying…at a horror movie. Which I hate doing.
The cast for this movie works perfectly. This is probably because Emily Blunt and John Krasinski are actually married. It makes the family aspect of this movie work because something about them being together on screen just screams family. Anyway, it gets the point across that this is about a family because Emily Blunt and John Krasinski make it seem so real. The children in the movie Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe do an excellent job of making this movie seem so real as well. They’re children who are struggling with something unknown. They’re still trying to be children, but also trying to learn how to survive knowing that each day could be their last or one of their parents last. Anyway, the whole cast makes this movie work.
Overall I give this movie a 4.5 out of 5.
I thought this movie was great and is one of those rare horror movies that bring something new into the genre itself. The cast works great together, the story line is a solid one, and the new baddies are pretty damn amazing and also original. It you’re looking for something to go see that isn’t a super hero movie and something original then I would definitely recommend this movie. If you’re a fan of the horror genre and are tired of all the normal horror tropes, then I would definitely recommend this movie. If you’re not really a fan of scary movies, I would still recommend this movie because of how different it is. This is one of those movies that I wouldn’t mind watching again and again because it was that good.