Written by Rohan Angus – Student Writer
The world has fallen into a literal silence as survivors strive to keep their name from being titled upon the next ‘Missing Persons’ poster. Populations have been minimised by the Earth’s new inhabitants; creatures who hunt and kill any who make a sound. One family lives through this violent ordeal by all tip-toeing means necessary – yet, with a baby on the way, the Abott’s survival is beyond threatened.
Krasinski successfully blends a trio of genres when illustrating the many concepts of parenthood, all whilst audiences are goosebumps-ridden from scene to scene. From the lights dimming in the cinema to the scrolling credits, ‘A Quiet Place’ consists of a relentless tension which makes for a near-impossible viewing, but like, in a good way? Perhaps Halpert was a bit jump-scare heavy in the films opening scenes, but aside these cheap techniques, the Director was sensational in designing a brilliantly exhausting atmosphere. Placing viewers in scenes which could only be watched from behind cushion-replaced fingers, Krasinski had the horror/thriller genre-combination nailed.
As for drama, the final third, the genre is executed by the exceptional cast. With Blunt and Krasinski acting out the unsurprisingly believable couple, and rising stars Millicent Simmons and Noah Jupe joining as the offspring, the production was clear of a talent shortage. Though the characters made some frustratingly questionable decisions – as do most horror-film roles, the Abott’s chemistry and brief history gave me enough reasons to feel connected to them. By this, I’m indicating that it’d be a total bummer if they were eaten by the mantis monsters. Speaking of, the nameless hunters had a somewhat unique and terrifying design despite the rushed deadline. Originally, these leather-skinned aliens were to take inspiration from a rhinoceros as their horn would become the villain’s centre-piece. But with only 2 months to spare, Krasinksi and his effects team deemed the prototype ‘not scary enough’ – a decision which has led to a fascinating new monster. Backed by the sinister composing of the great Marco Beltrami, these new foes made their present felt in the multiple non-stop sequences.
‘A Quiet Place’ is undoubtedly a fantastic film due to its applaudable performances, writing, and direction. Despite minor nit-picks, Krasinski’s horror debut is a near-flawless one. Brutal at times, as well as heart-felt, the production will never lose your attention – even after the 90-minute run time. In cinemas now, this one is definitely worth the trip.