Wednesday, April 11, 2018

JUMP - movie review - A Quiet Place


A Quiet Place is truly a solid, brilliant, subtle horror flick. Directed by John Krasinski,  it stars him and his real life wife, Emily Blunt and they are SO good. She can say so much with her eyes and her face reflects so many feelings.  The first part of this movie is about family – albeit under crazy circumstances. Silence rules. The world appears to have ended. Creatures who attack,  based on sound,  rule. The key is quiet – barefoot, playing monopoly with cloth tokens, using sign language, and no sound.

The first glimpse of horror is with the “baby” boy – age 4-5. On a foray to a store, he wants a toy rocket. The dad says no – too noisy. The sister (brilliant young actress who is deaf – Millicent Simpson) grabs it for him, and he nabs the removed batteries). The family is walking home when suddenly there’s sound – the kid put in the batteries and is playing – oh the joy………..until a creature leaps from nowhere and wipes that kid away. Dang freakin’ scary. This was day 73.

Fast forward to day 473. Oh so much sadness and yet living. Mom is pregnant – now how can they bring a baby into this world?  The middle son is afraid of life. He doesn’t want to go out with Dad to learn how to survive – get fish, etc. His eyes show fear. Whereas his deaf sister wants to go, she’s resilient, but there’s a deeper issue. Do the parents blame her for the death of the youngest boy? Well, no, but she’s beat herself up about it.  This film is about family dynamics, love, and survival. It’s tight and in ninety minutes, it’s relentless. The creatures are fierce and it’s all about sound and frequency.  I will not give away more.

Hold your breath and appreciate A Quiet Place for great story telling and acting. And I dare you to sit, watch, and not JUMP!


13 comments:

  1. Hi Joanne - not a film I particularly want to see ... but I do enjoy Emily Blunt's acting ... so I guess I'd be jumping in horror - cheers Hilary

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    1. It's not a slasher kind of horror. It's super creepy, but Emily definitely raises it a lot of notches.

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  2. Emily Blunt is a very good actor. I'm sure she does a great job in this film.

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  3. Sure been getting great buzz, good to know it is worthy of it.

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  4. Sheesh, my heart nearly left my rib cage upon reading this stellar review. I'm such a wimp, Joanne. I can't take these exceptionally well done horror flicks.
    Hope all's good with you and Ray.

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    1. did not want to give too much away. It's worth the ninety minutes of heart pounding. We are good and trying to keep it real!

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  5. That sounds extremely intense. I can only remember John Krasinski as Jim from The Office so it's hard to think of him in a thriller.

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  6. Horror pictures leave me exhausted when they are intense, so I rarely watch them. This one sounds like one of those. Thanks for the review.

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  8. A good review of not a particulary good film Joanne. My apartment is certainly "A Quiet Place".

    Yvonne.

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