Movie Review: A Quiet Place

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Movie Review: A Quiet Place

Niki Savinelli, Writer

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A Quiet Place, directed by John Krasinski, is a 2018 horror film that sprouted quickly in popularity. John stars with Emily Blunt, his spouse in real life, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe.

The movie is about a family who must live and hide in silence to avoid being hunted from creatures that attack by sound. These creatures are blind, but very fast. The movie takes place in the year of 2020, when most of Earth’s population has been wiped out.  Lee, the father in the movie, and his family are trying to survive on their farm. They have designed it in a way that will prevent as much noise as possible and keep them safe. For example, Lee and his wife, Evelyn, set up lights around the perimeter of their farm which change color depending on their situation. When in danger, the lights turn red, but when all is well, they stay neutral. Throughout the movie, the family must fight for their lives, with hope that one day this will all be over.

Many critics will tell you that A Quiet Place is an “effective bit of nerve-jangling horror,” and in some cases maybe it is (Sims). John is a great actor and I figured, why not go and see a movie he not only directed, but starred in as well? Well, here is my opinion about it.

Throughout the entire movie, they did not talk at all. I get that they are not supposed to, but a movie without communication makes me want to sleep. The actors said at least five words in the entire film. Also, how did Earth end up like it is? Where did these creatures come from? It would have been helpful if the movie gave some background in the beginning of how this all started. I was very confused and had no idea what was going on at first. Although there were some negatives, the movie was good overall. A Quiet Place had multiple jump scares, brilliant screenplay to make the movie come to life, and overall good acting. The facial expressions of fear, sadness, etc. from the characters caught the audience’s eye. It allowed the audience to feel the pain of the characters, which was incredible. I would give this movie an 7.5/10 just because it did not fit my movie preferences – but if you’re a horror aficionado, then this might just be the movie for you.