A Quiet Place Review

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A Quiet Place is a thrilling, yet heartwarming and meaningful film, directed by John Krasinski; starring John Krasinski; his (real life) wife, Emily Blunt; Millicent Simmonds; and Noah Jupe. In many ways, this movie is phenomenal: the gripping storyline and plot, the brave characters, and lastly, the terrifying monsters.

 

A Quiet Place tells the story of a family surviving in a world ridden with monsters that hunt humans by sound. According to collider.com, John Krasinski stated, “They are absolutely aliens. They’re from another planet.” While the origins of these monsters are never made clear in the movie, the air of mystery makes them even more horrifying. Taking place, in the near future, Lee Abbott (John Krasinski) and his wife, Evelyn Abbott (Emily Blunt) take care of their three children, Beau (Cade Woodward), Marcus (Noah Jupe), and Regan (Millicent Simmonds).

 

The film begins in which the Abbott family is scavenging for supplies in a grocery store in an abandoned city. The youngest Abbott, Beau, is killed by a monster after unknowingly putting batteries into a toy spaceship and making sounds.

 

One year has passed since Beau’s death and it is revealed that Evelyn is pregnant. One day, Lee takes Marcus with him to teach him how to fish and Regan and Evelyn are left alone at the home. Regan then leaves to visit Beau’s grave. While Evelyn was at home all by herself, her labor starts prematurely and while making her way to the soundproofed basement, alerts a nearby monster. Evelyn manages to distract the monster and turn on the red lights all over the Abbotts’s property. Shortly before Evelyn starts her contractions, Lee and Marcus arrive home, alarmed to see the red lights all over the property. Marcus sets fireworks off, successfully distracting a monster about to kill Evelyn and the baby, as Lee finds his newborn son in the bathroom, along with an exhausted Evelyn. The baby cries, and the three narrowly avoid another attack. They make it into the basement and Lee leaves Evelyn and the baby to go rescue Marcus and Regan.

 

Marcus and Regan reunite and are attacked by a monster. They find Lee after the monster runs away from the high pitched frequency given off of Regan’s cochlear implant. The monster comes back and attacks Marcus and Regan. In a final act of love, Lee signs to Marcus and Regan, “I love you. I have always loved you.” He heartbreakingly sacrifices himself by yelling. The monster turns around and kills him; allowing Regan and Marcus to escape unharmed.

 

At the same time, Evelyn wakes to find that the basement room is flooding and a monster is in the room. She makes it out of the room and she, the newborn, Marcus, and Regan retreat into what used to be Lee’s workroom, as a monster chases them. Regan figures out the significance of her cochlear implants and blasts the high pitched frequency over the speakers, momentarily disorienting the monster, and giving Evelyn the opportunity to grab a shotgun and fire at its vulnerable skin. The monster dies, but over the surveillance system, they see several more monsters running towards the home, attracted by the sound of the shotgun firing. The movie ends with Evelyn holding the shotgun and Regan holding her implants, ready to defend themselves.

 

The film, A Quiet Place is truly, extraordinary. From the cast to the plot, to the special effects and music, A Quiet Place will be remembered for years to come. In addition, there is rumored to be a sequel. Hopefully, John Krasinski realizes what a hit this movie was and continues this somber, but brilliant film.