Movie Review: “A Quiet Place” Makes a Bang in Box Office
Updated: Aug 6, 2018
Language(s): American Sign Language, English
Starring: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe
So big that it made the biggest box office opening bang since “Black Panther”.
Considering its rather modest $17 million budget, this is an incredible feat. More than simply raking in money, though, “A Quiet Place” also managed another impressive feat: it scored near perfect reviews all-round. Not unheard of for a horror movie, but certainly not an achievement that films of this genre normally make.
In fact, it went as far as to garner praise from the King of Horror himself, Stephen King, who said that “’A Quiet Place’ is an extraordinary piece of work.”
That is all well and good, however, does it really live up to the hype? I am no Stephen King, but let me chip in my two cents.
What is it about?
Can you imagine living in a world where making a single sound could almost definitely kill you? That is exactly the world that the Abbott family lives in. It’s the year 2020, and Earth has been overrun by sightless, predatory creatures with extremely acute hearing.
The Abbott family – husband Lee, wife Evelyn, deaf daughter Regan, and sons Marcus and Beau – survive by remaining as silent as possible and by communicating through sign language. This is an obvious advantage that they have over other families, as they are used to using sign language with Regan.
That said, their transition into this new world isn’t smooth sailing. They quickly lose Beau to the monsters, and as time traipses on, Evelyn’s pregnancy begins to weigh heavily on everyone’s minds, knowing that her date of delivery could very well be their last. Will they be able to see through their lives in this deadly world, or will they end up as one of the many that have fallen prey to these terrifying predators?
Is it worth a watch?
“A Quiet Place” is, needless to say, one of those unique films that scream from the screen without the use of words. It brilliantly plays on your senses, employing the use of story devices that make you tense from almost the get go. Truly, director Krasinski’s study into what it is precisely about horror movies that make you sit in your seat in fear for the characters’ lives shows, because that is exactly what I and without a shadow of a doubt, everyone else in the cinema experienced throughout “A Quiet Place”.
The film, riddled with anything and everything that could go wrong, winds you with anxiety. This, despite the minimal appearances the creatures make on screen- and astonishingly, extremely little dialogue. It simply goes to show that a film that is deprived almost entirely of dialogue can still stand out as a work of art, so long as it is blessed with a powerful cast and story.
Which is exactly the rare mix that this film is comprised of. “A Quiet Place” scares, and it deeply drives fear into you by giving you the sense that you are right there with the characters, just waiting for the thread that your life is so precariously attached to, to snap.
“A Quiet Place” delivers, and it shouldn’t ever be missed. Give it a whirl, and you’ll see what I mean.
Written by Crunch's Melissa Kartini