Set in a near-off future, where the world has turned somewhat apocalyptic and a great deal of the population has died off, we focus in on a family of five. We follow husband and wife Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and Lee (John Krasinski), as well as their three kids Marcus (Noah Jupe), Regan (Millicent Simmonds) and Beau (Cade Woodward), who are living out in a secluded farm, following routine and staying close to safety. For out in the woods, surrounding them at all times, lives a mysterious alien threat that will attack anything that makes a sound. To survive, they’ll have to stay silent.
As you’ll no doubt be aware, staying quiet 24/7 is practically impossible in the modern society, but these creatures feed off of sound. Even the smallest of bangs will see them sprinting in your general direction, hunting you out and feasting on your flesh, creating this constant sense of unease and anxiety. You’re always on edge. Even when things seem to be going okay, you know that the slightest misstep could see this perfect sanctuary come crashing down, and that it does. You can’t really have a horror movie without things going wrong, and ohhhhh boy do they.
An argument could be made that we see this story more from their perspective than anybody else, and it works. Noah Jupe continues to be excellent in everything he does, already at age 13 working with more high-caliber actors and directors than I’ll probably ever get to meet in my lifetime. Millicent Simmonds is another standout, providing a rich emotional layer to the film that really hits home in the third act. I didn’t expect to get teary eyed in a horror movie, and yet it happened. It’s a moving ode to family and parenthood that, at the same time, will frighten the shit out of you.
There’s a lot to love in A Quiet Place, a lot more than there is to dislike. It’s not perfect, and there’s a few moments here and there that got a laugh out of me for all the wrong reasons, but it’s a film so gripping and white knuckling that I implore you to check it out this weekend. You think you’ve seen it all when it comes to horror? Well, A Quiet Place just arrived to prove you wrong. This is, without a doubt, one of the year’s best.
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