Krasinki’s Quiet Thriller

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“A Quiet Place” directed by John Krasinski (better known as Jim Halpert from TV’s favorite, “The Office”) who also co-wrote the screenplay with Bryan Woods and Scott Beck. The movie came to theaters on April 6, 2018, and is now available to rent On Demand for $5.99 and rated PG-13. The movie stars John Krasinski and his wife Emily Blunt, and also stars Cade Woodward, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe as their children.

The science fiction horror film is set in America, 2020, on day 89 after the world’s human population has almost been entirely obliterated by aliens of unknown origin. The movie follows the life of the Abbott family and how they survive amongst these creatures.  

The family communicates with American Sign Language and walks barefoot on top of paths made from sand in order to not make any sound and attract danger. The movie keeps you on the edge of your seat as well as holding your breath in order not to make a sound.

The family, however, faces a tragedy within the first half hour when (spoiler alert) the youngest child dies by causing sound with a toy rocket. The movie then flashes forward to day 472 when the family is still grieving and trying to move on with their lives. The mother is now pregnant and in her third trimester and must give birth to her first child since the arrival of the creatures and do this in complete and utter silence. If she were to let out one scream the aliens would be able to find her and cause harm to her and the baby.

The movie is famously known for being the first move John Krasinski and his wife Emily Blunt have done together as well as receiving a 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes when first released. This movie is perfect for the back end of spooky season fall time. It is also not so scary in the sense of it being a horror film. There really isn’t that much blood and gore you see or any demonic symbols. Therefore, I would classify this movie in more of the sense of a futuristic thriller.

The only part I felt that was lacking from the film was that you never learn the origins of the aliens and why they are on Earth. I feel that every villain should have an origin story, every killer should have a motive, and every alien should have some crazy governmental reason as to why they have come to our planet. Also, the aliens aren’t really that scary. Yes, they crawl around and make clicking sounds, but really the face resembles the alien from the Netflix TV show “Stranger Things,” and the clicking sound is actually it using echolocation because the alien is blind.

The only really scary thing about it is that it can kill off your favorite character, but it’s not like it is popping out of nowhere and is dressed in all black and speaks Latin. However the movie does a good job keeping your attention and there aren’t any slow scenes and it kept me quite entertained, but I still would not call it a horror movie.