In a devastated Earth overrun by invincible predators of a possible extraterrestrial origin, the Abbotts find themselves struggling to survive in the desolate urban jungle of New York City, defined by a new era of utter silence. Indeed, as this new type of invader is attracted to noise, even the slightest of sounds can be deadly; however, it’s been already twelve months since the powerful monsters’ first sightings, and this resilient family still stands strong. Of course, learning the rules of survival in this muted dystopia is essential; nevertheless, now, of all times, an otherwise joyous event puts in jeopardy the already fragile stability. And now, more than ever, the Abbotts must not make a sound. —Nick Riganas
With the newly acquired knowledge of the seemingly invulnerable creatures’ weakness, grief-stricken Evelyn Abbott finds herself on her own, with two young teens, a defenceless newborn son, and with no place to hide. Now, 474 days after the all-out alien attack in A Quiet Place (2018), the Abbotts summon up every last ounce of courage to leave their now-burned-to-the-ground farm and embark on a peril-laden quest to find civilisation. With this in mind, determined to expand beyond the boundaries, the resilient survivors have no other choice but to venture into eerily quiet, uncharted hostile territory, hoping for a miracle. But, this time, the enemy is everywhere. —Nick Riganas
I’m not treating the two movies independently, so one short writeup must – and will – suffice. Because, as always the case with good movies, there isn’t too much to write about. Picking at all the wrong things makes for a more interesting activity than just singing the praises of a good product, right?
First things first: Evelyn Abbott (Emily Blunt) must be the stupidest woman on the whole planet. Or at least the worst written one since she stumbles back n forth between brainless stupidity and being surprisingly resourceful. The way her youngest son gets snitched up by a monster was soooo stupidly forseeable and totally avoidable. If only she’d been a better mother.
And why are the women all going barefoot? Yes, I know, they don’t wanna make a noise. But, hey, there is a reasonable middleground in between going barefoot and wearing clicky clacky stilettos, you know? Haven’t they ever heard of sneakers and hiking boots? Or shoes with rubber soles in general? So, despite knowing that her bare feet are rather vulnerable, dwarfbrain Emily steps into an exposed nail! Right on her own basement stairs! 😮 Jeezuz!
And why is she pregnant again for the second part of the story? Hello? Extinction event going on! 😮 Earth population about to get wiped out! And stupid Evelyn has to follow her most primitive instincts and shit another helpless, noisy little fucker into the world? 😐
Okay, that’s about the most glaring errors and plotholes I can name from the top of my head. Hey, they are bad enough, right? So for the rest of the story, Evelyn is a bold little soldier and brings her A-game in order to survive.
So, the good stuff: It’s generally a wonder how Director and Evelyn’s (and also Emily’s) husband (in Part I), John Krasinski managed to make a really good suspense/horror thriller without much talking and shouting and noise. In the 2020s! In booming loud America ffs!!! That’s some clever screenplay writing. And also some fabulous acting by the whole cast, bust mostly by Emily Blunt. That’s first rate acting with the eyes and the face. Probably even better was Millicent Simmonds, as Evelyn’s deaf daughter. Maybe the fact of her being deaf in RL helped her along quite nicely in the portrayal of a deaf character. Cillian Murphy, who replaced Krasinski as the male lead in Part II also did a great job. The transition from the first into the second movie was another clever piece of screenwriting.
CONCLUSION: Intense and suspenseful! The bestest Hollywood I’ve seen in quite a while. Apart from the fact that the whole premise is rather dim-witted, both Quiet Place movies are examples of good film-making. Not too long, not too explainifying, they cut right to what’s important and they end once the action is over. No pathetic end-scenes here. Very nice screenplay, super acting, right pace, very good production; these films deliver. Just very competent Hollywood as it should always be.
Next up: How not to do movie reviews. We learn more about the reviewer than about the movie.