Directed by: John Krasinski
Written by: Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, John Krasinski
Starring: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds
Runtime: 90 min
In this modern horror thriller, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound, threaten their survival.
If they hear you, they hunt you.
A Quiet Place is one of my Most Anticipated Movies of 2018, so I was even more excited when I found out that the feedback coming from the festivals was overwhelmingly positive ... And I approve it!
John Krasinski proves that not only he is a fantastic actor but he might be an even better director. I love every single technical aspect of the film, from the camera angles to the amazing control of the suspense and tension building up to some truly horrific and shocking scenes. Tonally, it is very well-balanced and the pacing is on-point. Perfect runtime of 90min, not too short and not too long.
The sound design has never been such an important part of a movie before. It is so impactful and it powerfully elevates the scares throughout the film. The editing is seamless and the creatures are definitely unique regarding its design. I also love the fact that the characters are not like the cliche dumb people who only make stupid decisions. They are extremely smart, which definitely stands out in the genre's history.
Emily Blunt continues to have award-worthy performances with this one, as she is the pinnacle of emotion. Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds also have some great displays. The story is extremely captivating, freshly original and beautifully written. For a movie with almost no dialogues, it is remarkable how the screenplay is able to develop its characters while telling a fascinating, original story.
I do have a couple of issues, one of which is the ending. It undoubtedly works, but it feels like it is more intended to please the producers rather than the audience. I'm sorry if I'm being too vague, but I want to keep this review spoiler-free. The other one has to do with the actual horror. Even though it has some especially bone-chilling terrifying moments, it relies too much on jump scares and I expected to "crap my pants" more often and less conventionally.
It is still one of the best films of the year so far. I'm proud of what John Krasinski was able to do on his own and I'm certain he has a bright future in front of him. Go see this movie as soon as you can in the most silent theater you know, otherwise... THEY'LL HUNT YOU!