A Quiet Place (2018), is a thriller of a horror film. The story is about a family forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound. Here is a film with a unique concept that could have been quickly reduced to cheap thrills. Instead, this is a movie with excellent direction and tremendous feats in acting. This is an actor’s horror film.
On the surface, this film is a horror film about blind creatures who hunt based on sound. These creatures have an uncanny ability to appear as soon as they hear any noise. Their ability to travel this fast makes them a beast hard to combat.
We never learn how these creatures are able to quickly appear. Or why they aren’t easy to hunt down? All we know is civilization has gone into hiding as a result. It has learned to adapt to a life of silence. A life without making a sound. With every tree branch stepped on by mistake is a moment of life and death in this world.
I often feel horror films are overlooked by all the various awards given to movies. Some of the great horror films often have some of the best acting. Emily Blunt’s performance of as a pregnant woman living in this world confirms what we already know: She is one of the best actors of her generation.
Actor/director Jon Krasinski, is no slouch himself. With A Quiet Place, he gives himself a vehicle to show off his acting chops. A film where he can present himself in a different light to a mainstream audience. Most of us know him as Jim Halbert from the U.S. version of The Office. There is no doubt he will garner more opportunities going forward, thanks to this film.
The children themselves ( Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe ) each give great performances in their own right. When we see great performances from children, we know they have been given great direction. Krasinski is showing us he can direct children. His talent knows no bounds. And the two young actors in this film have laid the groundwork for their careers, should they decide to pursue acting in the long run.
A Quiet Place is going to go down as a great horror film. It came out at the perfect time before the big action summer release. If you haven’t already, go see this film.