If they hear you, they hunt you. Pad your keyboards and don’t make a sound as we discuss John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place” …unless your watching at your local Cheap Seats because aparently that is the time to smack on snacks louder than you ever have in your life!
I’ll be honest, I still refer to John Krasinski as Jim. I have vivid memories of my first experience with The Office and asking myself what the hell I was getting into. That said, pairing Jim up with his real-life wife, Emily Blunt, I probably would have been a fan of this movie even if it would have sucked. On my second time through, I did notice that they did in fact rely pretty heavily on audible jump scares and there were some character choices made that I found a bit annoying. Overall, this is a movie that I enjoyed enough to drop theater money on twice! The acting, for the most part was on point, and the direction choices made by Jim were classic and impressive. It looked and sounded fantastic. I personally feel that Jim’s stretched himself as an actor/director and he’s showing some amazing potential. Threat Level Midnight still stands as his highest ranked film in my book.
-Josh T. Romero
This horror/thriller blurs the line between life in a terrifying apocalyptic world and every man’s dream of living a simple life off the land, in total peace and quiet. In all seriousness, I was recommended this film by multiple people, and I didn’t think it quite lived up to the hype. While there are definitely some nifty ideas and it makes you think what you do if in this quiet world, I wish the film would have dove a bit more into the character development overall. Instead it seemed to be a film revolving around a concept and how life in said world is. Overall, it was an entertaining movie you should see at least once. Sshhhhhh….
– Tyler Sawicki | Onsight Media
It’s good. And that’s about it. The tension Krasinksi builds is done well and youdofeel moments of dreaded anticipation but I really don’t think they’re breaking any ground here. Of course people are going to be quiet when monsters are around… because that’s what they’ve done in horror movies for 100 years. Basing a whole movie around that tension works to a point. I did appreciate the relationships in the family, I believed that emotion. 3 out of 5 toy rocket ships.
I consider this movie to be more of a thriller rather than horror, that being said it really delivered as a thriller. The look of the monster is one of the best monsters I’ve seen in a while, which is also why I think it was classified as horror. There are so many scenes that have you on the edge of your seat just waiting to see what is going to happen. There are a lot of “jump scenes” that worked on my wife. This movie also does a great job of really making you emotionally attached to the characters, and has a few twists in the story. I liked the lack of dialogue in the movie and can appreciate what Krasinski was trying to accomplish. There are a few hard to believe scenes, but overall I thought the movie did a good job of flowing. The movie ends leaving it open for a sequel, but I think it will be better if they just let the movie stand by itself.
Instantaneously, you’re thrown from the idyllic to the grotesque. Something this film does fluidly, and often. I’d have originally wished for more substantial character arcs, but that’s not what this film showcases. What you see is what you get. An almost Polaroid snapshot glimpse of lives already mucked and mired. The acting is compelling, the tension riveting, the cinematography beautifully eerie, but the monsters were a tad scarier unseen than seen. Vladimir Nabokov said: ‘The writer’s job is to get the main character up a tree, and then once they are up there, throw rocks at them.’ Which I think is exactly what happened here, and it’s fantastic. The sequence of ramping events that occur in such short times are baffling, and kind of hilarious, if you look at it with that morbid humor. What next, you ask? A whole ton of even more nutso shenanigans. Definitely a must-see, but please make sure to silence your phones.
– David Burchell