Movie Review: ‘A Quiet Place’

'A Quiet Place' poster

Paramount Pictures

‘A Quiet Place’ poster

It is hard to find horror movies that are actually good (and not from the 80s and 90s) and have an actual impact on your life. Directed by John Krasinski and starring his real-life wife Emily Blunt (as well as Krasinski himself) and their three (fictional) children Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, and Cade Woodward, A Quiet Place is a film where the audience walks into the theater to experience the emotional thrill ride of the year and walks out feeling empowered.

The year is 2020, and a family of five is trying to survive the silent apocalypse. Blind creatures with a very high hearing sensitivity are searching for people to slaughter, and if you make a sound, you die. The movie begins with a very quiet scene, which silences the theater and already has you on edge. Ignorant of what types of creatures populate the earth, the tense audience expects the unexpected, but receives much worse.

Director John Krasinski uses sparsely placed jump-scares, scenes where you’re thinking, “Oh, no! Stop, don’t do that!” and characters who demonstrate no fear when they are with the people they love to evoke strong, responsive emotions from the audience. This component of stirring powerful emotions within the audience plays a significant role in creating any great film.

A Quiet Place has a wonderful storyline that will pull at your heartstrings. There are many horror movies with a great deal of screaming, loud noises, and gory visual effects, but A Quiet Place presents a unique, yet impressive approach to the horror genre. The hushed noises and soundtrack amplifies the loud sounds, which creates a terrifying atmosphere that will make you jump.

Overall, A Quiet Place is a movie to definitely see in a theater (and it’s not a movie you should fall asleep to, either). The film is worth the price of admission, and I strongly recommend you go to the theater to see it!