I hope they come up with hearing aids like that to kill rapists. Just a thought. Does a conversation done in sign language counts as Bechdel? I'm calling it. // A quiet place was everything but the theatre I saw this at. Seriously. People can't fathom the fact that there is a time for NOT EATING/NOT TALKING DURING A MOVIE ?! Guess not. Why would I expect that people would actually be c o r t e o u s and respectful? ▽
Consider the psychological implications of never being able to speak, laugh, or cry—it's enough to drive you mad even without aliens. Then consider how AQP is utterly unconcerned with those implications, just in physical setpieces with the familiar emotional family stakes. It's slumber party stuff, jump-scares that goose but don't disturb and leave you pleasantly on the hook and with plenty to laugh about afterwards.
One of the best horrors/thrillers to emerge from Hollywood in years. Simple formula, poor character development but it does what it sets out to do, to be a edge of your seat, intense thriller. I found myself holding my breath at times. Great stuff.
Bravo! Tightly paced, intense to watch and superbly cast. AQP triumphs in bringing an original concept that tips it's hat to many great genre films without feeling derivative or exploitive. It also manages to evoke a genuine family connection and believable emotion. (I'd like to see them try to harvest all that corn in silence tho and yes, the grain silo quicksand was taking it a bit too far) 4 stars
A very effective mash-up of War of the Worlds and Signs. I love the film's anachronistic look-and-feel: basically, it's a 1950s sci-fi movie set in 2020. I hope that the sequelitis syndrome will not jeopardize Krasinski's effort, but it's reasonable to expect that Hollywood financiers are plotting a prequel as we speak.
Though there are certainly issues with scripting, Krasinski has crafted an enjoyable thriller which in a multiplex of sequels and remakes comes as a somewhat breath of fresh air. What makes the film is a pair of performances namely Emily Blunt and Millicent Simmonds who are both aces here. Also of note is the camerawork of Charlotte Christensen and the fine score, used with restraint, by Marco Beltrami.
Crowd-pleasing high concept genre movies always find their audience, and Krasinksi should be applauded for pulling off his debut with verve and style - he's actually perfectly cast too, those "trust me" eyes carrying much of the tension. A film that perfectly bullseyes its objective then - though I would love to see a version without the score.
I'm not usually a "plot guy", but the source of conflict and tension (pregnancy) in A Quiet Place is absolutely ridiculous given the situation. That being said, Krasinski works well creating expectations and delivering on them (e.g. space shuttle, nail on stairs) even if the film does go for unwarranted jump scares in its first two thirds where instead it could've benefited from more effective character development.