A lot of silence, but never boring, actors played their roles well

April 13, 2018

 

Some people may have consider A Quiet Place to be a scary movie, but I found it to be a very good thriller.  I respect the storyline for being a brave piece of work.  Since silence was the movie's main theme, it was good to see the actors' rely on their facial expressions and their body language to convey the director's feelings and emotions. 

 

The commitment to family was a well-presented undertone in the film and there weren't any boring moments. 

 

The 90-minute duration of the film was my only disapproval, but I'd rather it be short and enjoyable, as opposed to long and annoying. 

 

It's worth the ticket price.  That's the review.

 

Reach Jon White at jasonw7623@gmail.com.

 

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Credits

 

A Quiet Place release date: April 6, 2018 (USA).

Director: John Krasinski.

Budget: $17 million USD.

Screenplay: John Krasinski, Scott Beck, Bryan Woods.

Story by: Scott Beck, Bryan Woods.

Producers: Michael Bay, Bradley Fuller, Andrew Form.

Cast:

Emily Blunt - Evelyn Abbott

John Krasinski - Lee Abbott

Millicent Simmonds - Regan Abbott

Noah Jupe - Marcus Abbott

Cade Woodward - Beau Abbott

Leon Russom - Man in the woods

 

 

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Synopsis

 

In 2020, most of Earth's human population has been wiped out by a race of sightless, armored creatures of unknown origin with incredible hearing ability — which they use to hunt their prey with pinpoint accuracy. The Abbott family — husband Lee, wife Evelyn, sons Marcus and Beau, and deaf daughter Regan — scavenge for supplies while communicating non-verbally through sign language. Lee relieves Beau of a toy space shuttle, warning him that its noise could attract the creatures. However, Regan returns the toy to Beau, who secretly puts the batteries back into the toy rocket. On their way home, Beau turns the toy on and attracts one of the creatures, resulting in his death despite Lee's attempts to save him.

 

A year later, the family are living on their farm. Regan still struggles with the guilt of her brother's death and Evelyn is in the final stages of pregnancy. Lee repairs Regan's cochlear implant, but the device fails to restore her hearing. Later, Lee takes Marcus to a nearby river to teach him to fish despite Regan begging to go instead. Dejected, she goes off on her own to visit Beau's grave and stays there until nightfall. While visiting a waterfall near the river, Lee explains to Marcus that they will always be safe from the creatures so long as louder sounds mask their own audible movements. Marcus asks his father if he blames Regan for Beau's death, to which Lee says no. Marcus then asks Lee if he still loves Regan and tells him he should express it more.

 

On their walk back, the two come across a man standing next to the sand path. He is standing next to the body of his dead wife, who appears to have been killed by the creatures. Lee pleads with him to be quiet, but the man screams in agony. Lee grabs Marcus and sprints as far away as possible as a creature approaches and kills the man as well.

 

Meanwhile, Evelyn goes into labor. While making her way to the basement, she steps on a nail. In agony, she accidentally drops a glass picture frame, alerting one of the nearby creatures. Evelyn warns Lee and Marcus of danger by flipping a switch that changes the house's lights from white to red, while struggling to remain silent during contractions. Arriving at the farm and seeing the lights, Lee instructs Marcus to create a diversion while Lee runs to find Evelyn. He finds her hiding in the bathroom with their newborn son and narrowly avoids another attack while carrying them to the soundproof basement he has constructed for the baby. The monster can be heard upstairs as Evelyn begs Lee to find the children in the cornfield and he goes . After falling asleep, Evelyn wakes up to discover that the basement is flooded with water from a leaking pipe, and one of the creatures is pursuing them.

 

Regan hurries back to the farm. She and Marcus take refuge atop a grain silo, lighting a fire to alert their father to their whereabouts. They fight about whether their father will come save them. A hatch door gives way and Marcus falls into the silo, sinking into the corn, nearly suffocating before Regan jumps in and saves him. They avoid further danger by clinging to the fallen silo door and survive a subsequent creature attack by hiding under it. Regan's repaired cochlear implant reacts to the proximity of the creature by emitting a piercingly loud high-frequency sound that drives the creature off. The children escape from the silo and reunite with Lee.

 

The creature returns and Lee attacks it with a pulaski while Marcus and Regan hide in a pickup truck. Lee is wounded and Marcus inadvertently shouts, attracting the creature to the truck. Lee uses sign language to tell Regan he loves her before screaming to sacrifice himself and draw the creature away from his children. Regan and Marcus roll the truck down a hill to escape and reunite with Evelyn and the baby at the farmhouse.

 

Regan, not having been allowed in the basement previously, sees her father's notes on the creatures and his experimentation with several different implants, as well as radio equipment and security camera monitors. Noticing how much time he spent trying to understand the ear to make things better for her, she realizes he did love her and begins to cry. When the creature returns to invade the basement, Evelyn wields a shotgun. Regan, while looking at her father's notes and newspaper clippings, realizes that sound is the creature's weakness and places the boosted cochlear implant on a nearby microphone, magnifying the feedback to ward off the creature. Painfully disoriented, the creature exposes the flesh beneath its armored head, rendering itself vulnerable to a shotgun blast from Evelyn. The security monitors show two other creatures approaching. With their newly acquired knowledge of the creatures' weakness, Evelyn and the children are prepared to fight back.

 

(Synopsis from Wikipedia.)

 

 

 

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