Take a bow the husband and wife team of John Krasinski and Emily Blunt.
For they have teamed up to make one of the most original horror-thriller stories in quite some time – and deserve immense praise.
Not only has this smaller-budgeted flick – which Krasinski (probably best known for his turns in the American version of The Office and 2016’s 13 Hours) also brilliantly directed and helped scribe – made it’s entire production budget back with a banging Stateside box-office opening north of $50million, but it oozes class and ingenuity throughout.
Set in 2020, most of Earth’s human population has been wiped out by a race of blind extra-terrestrial creatures with hypersonic hearing – seemingly from a crashed meteorite – that aggressively hunt and kill any form of life using sound detection.
The Abbott family – husband Lee (Krasinski), wife Evelyn (Edge of Tomorrow’s Blunt), deaf daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds), and younger sons Marcus (Noah Jupe) and Beau (Cade Woodward) – scavenge and hunt for anything they can take back to their farm and use to live their lives, walking barefoot on sand tracks to try and remain as noise free as humanly possible, and using sign language to communicate.
And in A Quiet Place, silence means silence, because even the slightest creak or shriek can attract these relentlessly merciless creatures (think a more vicious version of the ones from Stranger Things) which instantly decapitate. Yep, sliced in half with no quarter given.
But a superb twist comes in the form of Evelyn, who is pregnant and close to giving birth (suffice to say no explanation needed about the potential pitfalls of keeping that event silent), with Lee making preparations by training the kids in case the worst happens to him, as he works diligently to protect the family and tries to communicate with the outside world with whatever means at his disposal.
And what ensues is a truly remarkable edge-of-your-seat slice of cinema that will undoubtedly be one of the best things to bless 2018.
Throw in a couple of truly emotional moments and Krasinski expertly mixes all the ingredients together to show he could be a director – probably even more so than an actor (and he does a great job at that here) – to watch out for in the future.
The silence may be deafening in the movie – but this breathtaking film deserves to be shouted from the rooftops.
Cast: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe & Cade Woodward
Running Time: 1 Hr 30 Mins
Director: John Krasinski
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