If you like to see what would happened if you threw ‘Signs’ and ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ together but had to deal with everything in pure silence, then you will probably like this.
- Screenplay by Bryan Woods and Scott Beck (Nightlight) and John Krasinski (Promised Land)
- Directed by John Krasinski (The Hollars)
- Starring John Krasinski (Detroit, The Office [US TV Series]) and Emily Blunt (Sicario, Looper)
- Budget of $20m
My initial thoughts
For horror films the ideas seem to be keep being recycled. Although Quiet Place doesn’t necessary reinvent any genres, it does present it through a very original lens combining different ideas – and what a brilliant (tense) film it was. Just don’t bring in any popcorn with you and it will ruin the ambiance.
The ‘ccc’ review
If they can’t hear you, they can’t hunt you – this is the tagline of the film and pretty much all you need know. A family of four must live their lives in silence while hiding from something that hunts by sound. Amazingly shot in 36 days, this film marks the first time real-life couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt star alongside each other. Well, technically they both appeared in The Muppets (2011), but did not share any scenes. – however this is not The Muppets and you will probably find it far scarier than the Cookie Monster
The film sets out its stool very early and makes it very clear why this is such a quiet place. We spend more time wondering how they will get out of the predicament they are in rather than how they got themselves in this situation.
The absorbing thing about this film is the dialogue or lack of it. Bryan Woods and Scott Beck’s original screenplay actually contained only one line of dialogue although the final version has a tad more. With little dialogue the story is told through what you see and the sounds you hear. This tool is used perfectly in this film – because any sound made only heightens the tension and you become more tense when they do make a sound. With every heavy footstep, falling object or scream we hold our breath. What is out there doesn’t take its time and it is a matter of seconds so you know something can jump out at any moment.
It is interesting how recent films are exploring ways to convey the message to the audience. We saw Shape of Water have the lead actress using sign manager throughout. Baby Driver using sound and music to set the scene. Quiet Place uses this and a number of other ways to draw suspense and John Krasinski does a great job of maintaining the tone of the film throughout – especially considering he doesn’t do horror films!
What we did like was that most of the characters actions made sense. Sometimes when you watch horror films you really question why they decided to split up or why they act in a certain way. In Quiet Place it makes sense. Practical and realistic reactions to the situations you are in. John Krasinski plays the purposeful father who makes the family abide by the survival rules albeit tough on his children. Emily Blunt is the mother trying to bring normality to the situation although you will be interested how she will give birth in such a place. Millicent Simmonds is the eldest child who is deaf and still consumed with guilt – being in a world of silence is no better represented by her. Noah Jupe does his best to survive and pretty much looks terrified over the whole course of the film. For such a small cast they do a brilliant job of keeping us…well nervous.
What are my final Thoughts
This is a great story brought to life through very creative yet simple film concepts. This is no doubt a successful film which will probably be a surprised to the film studio as it storms the box office. Originally intended to be part of the Cloverfield franchise, we are glad the film was allowed to be presented as a wholly original, stand-alone film. After the film you will be discussing if you will be able to survive in that world. We gave ourselves 10mins.
🎥🤫 If this doesn’t keep you quiet in the cinema I’m not sure what will – a brilliant film