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A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place (2018)

Wow, a brilliant, tense, powerfully acted horror movie that plays with almost no dialogue. A great directing job by John Krasinski, who also plays the father here. His wife is played by real-life wife Emily Blunt who brings her acting chops to the film with her beautiful face doing all the telling. But the film is pretty much stolen by the young, real-life deaf actress, Millicent Simmonds, who plays Krasinski and Blunt's deaf daughter in the film. Ever emotion, every feeling, is displayed by Simmonds with great authority for a young teen who is just a phenomenal find. I look forward to seeing her in more roles because she knocks this one out of the park. Noah Jupe does a fine job as the young son of the family.

The movie involves a post-apocalyptic world that has been taken over by creatures that hunt by sound. They are blind and apparently cannot smell but the slightest sound will bring them running and they will rend their victims to pieces. The Abbott family has survived for well over a year, finally finding an abandoned farm that suits their survival needs well. But the creatures are always lurking around and the movie kept me on edge as there is one mistake after another or an accident that will send the monsters scurrying.

The almost-complete non-sound is practically a character in the film, with long silences covered by sign language between the family members. And then, when there is noise, the biggest noisemakers are the creatures. And their appearance is really gnarly---they remind me somewhat of Venom from Marvel Comics, except these critters do not have eyes, just large hearing sensors that put them wise to their prey. Nice creature design.

Blunt's character is very pregnant here and there's the worry of how will they survive with a crying baby in this terrible world. But,
WARNING: spoilers below
this resourceful family already have that covered, as well as how to alert each other when danger is about and they (the family) are not in the same area of the farm.

I had a feeling I would love this film, so I took a chance and bought the DVD, sight unseen. I do not regret it a bit. This film is a total winner and I can't really go into much more without spoiling twists and turns. Just let me say that it starts off tense and never lets up.