A Quiet Place (2018)
Critic Consensus: A Quiet Place artfully plays on elemental fears with a ruthlessly intelligent creature feature that's as original as it is scary -- and establishes director John Krasinski as a rising talent.
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At a brisk 90 minutes, it's one of the most inventive and beautifully crafted and acted horror movies I've seen in a very long time, and I think the main reason for its power is the family crisis at its core.
This is a movie about the sound of fear, but it gives us a great deal more to listen to.
But there are moments when the movie takes us firmly by the hand and escorts us down a darkened path, and they lead to one of the most profound of communal pleasures: the sound of a movie audience screaming as one.
A Quiet Place is a superb exercise in understated terror that puts to shame "horror" films that rely on jump scares and cheap theatrics.
A Quiet Place is an undoubtedly taxing affair for the nerves; fortunately, it's also a deeply affecting one.
Simmonds, who is herself deaf, & who starred in Wonderstruck, last year, makes a greater impact still as the indomitable Regan, with her secretive smile. Her hearing aid is vital to the plot, and, indeed, the whole saga is shaped around its sound design.
Audience Reviews for A Quiet Place
This horror thriller comes with a fantastic, original premise you haven't quite seen like that before. Within that logic it is very consistent with its inner logic and makes great use of the exciting potential coming with it. EspeciALLY THE SECOND HALF OF THE FILM OFFERS ONE BLOODCURDLING SITUATION AFTER ANOTHER: tHE CHARACTERS AND THEIR ACTORS WORK EXCELLENTLY, too. A very refreshing and special take on a genre that seemed to go in circles and finds a lot of fresh wind in recent years.
The film is certainly not flawless and even has trouble sometimes to follow the rules that it establishes for its own universe, but even so this is an excellent and well-directed horror movie that makes us care about its characters and manages to be quite tense and scary.
I like dialogue and am not a fan of horror. So this film started in a hole, climbed out, and then slapped me in the face for being ignorant. The screenplay is solid, the acting is good (particularly from Blunt), but the real shock here is that Krasinski is better at directing than he is at making sarcastic faces at office cameras. This may be the beginning of a brilliant directing career for him. The film's tension builds well, the post-apocalyptic world is well set up, and the score works really well with sounds of the film. If you actively dislike horror movies then this one may not sway you, but if a small part of you can tolerate them then this horror flick is the one to see.
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