Friday, April 13, 2018

"A Quiet Place" Review by Tim Hellman

'A QUIET PLACE': Five Stars (Out of Five)

The new critically acclaimed horror flick about a family of four who must live in complete silence in order to avoid being killed by creatures which hunt only by sound. It was directed by actor John Krasinski, who also co-wrote the script with Bryan Woods and Scott Beck. Krasinski also costars in the movie as well, with his wife Emily Blunt, and young actors Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe. It's received nearly unanimous positive reviews from critics, and it's also a surprise blockbuster at the Box Office (breaking all kinds of records too). Being a huge horror movie fan, I absolutely loved it.

The story is set in an apocalyptic future, where the surviving humans must live in complete silence in order to avoid being hunted by predatory creatures. These creatures can only track their prey by sound. The Abbotts are a family of four, who are expecting another child very soon. They've learned to adapt to this silent way of life, after losing a young member of their family (who made a fatal mistake at the beginning of the film). Of course accidents happen, and their secure routine way of life soon comes crashing down around them.

The movie is classic suspenseful horror at it's best. It's masterfully directed by Krasinski, who also delivers an emotionally charged performance in it (Blunt is equally as impressive too). What's amazing about the film though, is how much it's able to accomplish on such minimalistic storytelling efforts and production values. There's not a lot to the world that's established, including absolutely no backstory or explanation for why things are the way they are, but the film still works, and it's able to accomplish so much more because it's not held back by these routine movie making methods. I loved it, and I really like how much it reminds me of some of my favorite horror movie monster flicks, like 'SIGNS and 'THE VILLAGE'. It's like classic M. Night Shyamalan, in the years when he used to be a really good filmmaker!

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