How Quiet Can You Be?

A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place is the perfect title for this almost silent horror movie. Centring on familial tension in a post-apocalyptic world, a world cobbled-together headlines and notes reveal the presence of an alien invader, one that hunts by sound.

A nerve-racking overture follows a family as they tiptoe stealthily through abandoned streets and stores in search of medicine. While mother Evelyn (Blunt) searches soundlessly around shelves, father Lee (Krasinski) takes a rocket toy away from the youngest of his three children just before the sound effects kick in.

We soon learn that this family had something of an edge on the mysterious creatures that have depopulated the planet: the eldest daughter, Regan (the remarkable Millicent Simmonds) is deaf. Sign language has allowed them to communicate in their remote, survivalist-friendly farm, while others have perished.

The location and different abilities bestowed by the presence of Simmons’s character locate A Quiet Place somewhere between the post-horror of The Witch, and the woke-horror of Get Out.

The film’s nail-biting tension makes for pleasing genre thrills and a conduit for parental anxiety… read more from The Irish Times

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