A Quiet Place Movie Review
The tagline for Alien is “in space, no one can hear you scream.” In John Krasinski’s utterly terrifying A Quiet Place, a mere whimper will get you killed.
Smart, straightforward and masterfully made, A Quiet Place is a horror-thriller about a family trapped on a farm, living their days amongst monsters who are attracted to the slightest of sounds. Krasinski stars alongside his off-screen wife Emily Blunt and child actors Noah Jupe (Wonder) and Millicent Simmonds (Wonderstruck) in what is primarily a silent film.
An incredibly scary silent film.
From the first second, Krasinski establishes the simple rule of his film: you make a sound, you die. And soon thereafter he establishes that no one is safe, which makes the rest of the movie all the more thrilling. Krasinski uses sound, and the lack thereof, to great effect, each passing moment giving his audience more desire to shift closer to their edges of their seats.
If the first half is efficiently made, the second is an exercise in outright terror. Once Krasinki ratchets things up—and he does, in a brilliant, sudden thrust—he refuses to dial back until the end credits roll, making for an exciting, suspenseful, and breathless affair. There are a few minor issues, but none worth mentioning (OK, does corn act like quicksand, and only sometimes?).
The acting also sets A Quiet Place apart from other horror movies. Both Blunt and Krasinski are terrific, delivering emotionally powerful performances that you’d typically expect to find in any other genre, but that feel completely and organic and necessary for the story at hand to work. Jupe and Simmonds are also excellent.
A Quiet Place is a near-perfect horror-thriller that accomplishes everything Krasinski intended it to do. Consistently suspenseful, emotionally draining, and often quite scary, A Quiet Place is worth screaming over. If you dare make a sound.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.