Lamar reviews - A Quiet Place

April 13, 2018
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A Quiet Place

 

This was one of the most interesting and compelling trailers I’ve ever seen.  I can’t imagine anybody seeing the trailer and not wanting to see the movie.  Add to that John Krasinski from The Office is directing it and starring in it with his wife Emily Blunt makes this a must see movie.  If you haven’t seen the trailer there’s a good chance you’re Amish and if you are hearing my review you’re on Rumspringa. If so, have a good time and I encourage you to see this movie before you go back.

 

 The movie opens up with a mother and father, Evelyn and Lee, played by John Krasinski and Emily Blunt.  They have three children.  Regan the oldest is deaf and she is played by Millicent Simmonds who has actually been deaf since infancy due to a medication overdose.  The middle child Marcus is played by Noah Jupe and the youngest Beau, is played by Cade Woodward.  The screen reads Day 89.  Something happened 89 days ago and it was bad.  We don’t get an explanation but old newspaper headlines tells us there has been an invasion that has devastated the world. 

The invaders are your normal extraterrestrials who have extraordinary physical abilities but the difference is these are blind.  They still hunt and devour humans but they can only do it by sound.  They have super acute hearing so if you make a sound within a few seconds you are lunch.  Since Regan is deaf the entire family knows sign language and in this situation it is a lifesaving skill.

 

It’s really cool but also eerie to see what lengths Evelyn and Lee go to so that their family can survive.  Everything is based on being completely quiet.  Board games are played with crocheted game pieces.  Every place they step is marked to avoid creaking boards.  All their paths where they walk a covered with sand and they don’t wear shoes.  Due to the aliens speed and strength fighting against them or running away is out of the question.  They are super predators and humans are their food source.

 

This is not your normal jump scare horror movie.  The overall quietness of the movie completely changes the tone.  And with so much quietness when something does happen it jars you.  When one of the characters is in trouble and the other ones are trying to save them but no one can make a sound it adds a whole new element.

 

It is a perfect 90 minutes, Rated PG-13 for terror and some bloody images.

 

The movie studio originally wanted to make it a part of the Cloverfield franchise and after seeing the movie I understand that.  But after reading the whole script the studio decided it was an entirely different movie and it is.

 

Horror movies are subject to individual tastes.  If you are a Halloween, Friday the 13th, or Saw fan this might be to tame and cerebral, if you will, for you.  But if you don’t require chainsaws, heads rolling across the floor, or close ups of sharp instruments going through an eyeball, this might work for you.

 

 

This is by far not the best horror movie you’ll ever see but it is one of the smartest.  Not as smart or original as Get Out but it is in the same zip code.

 

My Score: 4 Ice Cold Budweisers

 

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