“A Quiet Place,” rated PG-13, opened in theaters on April 6, earning $50.2 million its opening weekend. Featuring John Krasinski as the writer, director and main character, as well as actress Emily Blunt, the suspenseful horror thriller is certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, with a 95 percent critic rating.
The premise of the film is that, in the near future, Earth has been invaded by mysterious creatures who rely on sound to hunt. In this dangerous world, staying silent means staying alive. The film follows a family’s efforts to survive in a seemingly impossible situation while they continue to deal with normal issues such as parenting, relationship struggles and even doing laundry, all in a state of near-silence. It is a story that is tense at times, touching and, of course, terrifying.
“A Quiet Place” unfolds with almost no spoken dialogue, but don’t let that confuse you; this is not a silent film. In a movie where man-made noise plays the role of the antagonist, sound demands your attention. The rustle of a corn field, the quiet pad of bare feet, the babble of a stream — these sounds, as well as the more sinister ones, make this film stand out.
If the storyline is what makes this movie a hit, and the auditory experience is what makes it a breakthrough, the acting is what will make it a legend. Krasinski and Blunt, who are married in real life, showcase a love that is sacrificing, steadfast and strong. Millicent Simmonds also shines as Regan, the deaf oldest child of the family. Simmonds, a deaf actress, portrays a tenacity and boldness through her expressions and signed conversations. The family is one you cannot help but root for.
“A Quiet Place” is not one to miss while showing in theaters. Do not wait to see it for the first time in your living room; this movie demands to be experienced in a distraction-free environment with others who are also on the edge of their seats.
It has been an eventful few years for the horror genre. After the incredible success of “Get Out” last year, many were curious to see if the genre would continue to grow. With “A Quiet Place,” it is clear that it will. If you have not made plans to see “A Quiet Place” yet, you are missing out. This is a film that will be talked about for years to come.