A Quiet place is a 2018 sci-fi/horror movie starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt. The film is about a post apocalyptic world in which blind aliens that hunt by sound have managed to effectively destroy human civilization. The story follows a family of five as they struggle to stay silent and avoid the monsters roaming around them.
A Quiet Place is a movie that thrives off of the dark tone that it sets. Within the first few minutes of the movie we see the youngest kid get killed as he activates a toy rocket whose noise immediately draws a monster to him. This sets a somber tone for the film as it shows just how vulnerable and how quick things can go bad for them. After the youngest child’s death we see how each family member blames themselves for it in their own way. The parents struggle to prepare the remaining two children for survival in this hostile world while preparing to give birth to a baby and the danger that would immediately place them in.
The atmosphere and use of silence in this movie is extremely effective. For the most part you only hear the sounds of the wind blowing and rustling trees or the sand shifting under footsteps. The family is alone, and they are trapped. The father works in the basement of the house attempting to establish contact with governments from various other countries but hears nothing. All along the walls around him are newspaper clippings giving small glimpses of what led to the current predicament of the world. There’s personal notes he has indicating that there are three creatures in the area, information documenting how they hunt, and his search for any weaknesses they might have.
This film uses great attention to detail to show how the family survives day to day in a silent world. Early on when the family is scavenging through a store for supplies we see that they all use sign language to communicate, Krasinski and Blunts acting shines during these scenes since the only way they can convey emotion is through their body language and facial expressions. The entire family travels barefoot all the time on paths that they’ve made by laying sand on the ground. They lay sand through the grass, on concrete, an on the bridge that they cross. There’s even tiny details like when they’re scavenging the store, from the appearance of it, its been scavenged quite a few times yet there is an entire section of unopened bags of chips that remains untouched as the noise would draw monsters.
Although this film is great in many other areas, there were a few plot inconsistencies and unrealistically dumb decisions made by the characters that subtract from the movie in my opinion. For example, the monsters hearing tends to fluctuate. In one instance we see them come from however far away they were to kill raccoons that were squeaking, yet in other scenes when a character is a few feet from them they don’t react to heavy breathing or a heartbeat. The monsters also don’t react to each others sounds. You’d think if one monster went tearing through the woods to hunt down the source of the sound it just heard that other monsters would be attracted to the first monsters sounds but that doesn’t happen. There’s also another instance of inconsistency where a creature rips through a grain silo as though it were made out of tissue, yet the same creature has difficulty trying to get into a car. Perhaps the biggest plot issue of all is that these creatures managed to topple every government and kill everyone. From the fathers notes and the news clippings its stated that they’re completely bullet proof because they have armor yet towards the end one of the creatures is killed when shot in the head with a shotgun. Granted it’s head flap things were open because it was listening, but through the whole movie we see that they constantly open these things when they’re hunting. During their takeover of the earth, at some point, someone had to have shot one of them in the head and realized that they’re vulnerable when they’re listening, which is what they’re constantly doing. I just have a hard time believing that creatures that cant rip through a car and die from getting shot in the head can kill off most of humanity.
Then there are the decisions that make no sense. When the kid is killed off at the beginning of the movie, its because he’s trailing behind the family and no one sees that he has the toy. Why would you leave your youngest child to bring up the rear when there are monsters that hunt by sound running around you? Towards the end of the movie the father is killed by a monster when he screams to draw its attention away from his kids trapped in a car by it. The father was shown to easily be the smartest character in the movie, when the monster was going after his kids, they weren’t making any noise in the car, the slightest distraction would’ve drawn its attention away. The movie shows them stop to go after white noise on a TV, or a ticking egg timer before it even goes off. The guy could’ve thrown the ax he was holding off into the cornfield as a distraction without getting himself killed.
Overall I was a fan of this movie. The acting from the two leads was great, the atmosphere and the tone really draw you into the movie. If not for the inconsistencies I would rank A Quiet Place as one of my favorites.