Shhh, you won’t want to miss this: A Quiet Place Review


Sophia Adamski, Reporter

(Warning: This review contains some spoilers. Reader’s discretion advised.)

A Quiet Place is, objectively, one of the most original thriller flicks in years. It doesn’t rely on unnecessary gore, blathering dialogue or recycled clichés to keep the plot moving forward. Rarer still for a horror film, it isn’t about the anti-hero or the impossible survivor; it’s about a family whose every action is simply based on protecting what and who they love the most.

Also odd for the horror genre, A Quiet Place is, aesthetically, a beautiful movie. Where many horror flicks are rough, dirty, brutal and grainy in their location, A Quiet Place features rural scenery that fools the viewer into thinking it’s nothing more than a picturesque landscape.

It becomes apparent hardly ten minutes in that proves that there is true danger  in this sound-starved world when the unnamed family’s youngest son is slaughtered by one of the ghoulish monsters that stalk them. Both his sudden death and the repercussions of it are a periodical theme of blame and conflict within the family, but they also set the mood. A Quiet Place is nothing short of intense, agonizing, and gripping, a severe contrast to the quaint rural setting.

Visuals aside, A Quiet Place also reminds us of our most basic human fears. Impossibly fast monsters with hellish appearances and uncanny tracking abilities? Check. Being forced to live in silence, to calculate every movement to be as quiet as possible, all without tangible hope to speak of? Check. Trying to raise two children with another coming in a world where a baby crying could be the end of an entire bloodline? Check.

Simply put, A Quiet Place took a handful of rather bland and reused ideas (bulletproof monsters, the end of days,  etc.) and twisted it around into something thrilling and terrifying. The sound of something as simple as a floorboard creaking underfoot sets the viewer on the edge of their seat, breathing short and tense.  

When the actual scares come, and there are plenty, one is left reeling. These unique additions make for a movie that uses silence, not a wall of noise, to create tension, disaster, and raw fear. Also of note is how directors and producers broke two of the biggest rules in horror by killing a character within the first fifteen minutes and introducing the monster in the same time frame. These are generally unspoken rules; make the audience wait to see the first death or the first glimpse of whatever horrible creature is trying to off the main character(s).

In what may be an incredibly clever marketing ploy- or just a coincidence -it’s almost necessary that you see A Quiet Place at the theatre. Seeing as sound is such a massive part of the movie, the effect that it holds over the audience would be lost at home.

The ending was heartbreaking in its execution and completely unexpected in the scenes leading up to it. There is some comfort, however, seeing as A Quiet Place is almost guaranteed a sequel. Reports of screenwriters eyeing the possibilities of a second movie have already surfaced. There are few details, but one thing remains absolutely certain: If you’re prepared to see a movie that haunts you for days after you’ve left the theatre, find time in your schedule for this film.