Saturday, 7 April 2018

A Quiet Place

Noah Jupp, Millicent Simmonds and John Kraninski

 As the tension builds in the monster horror movie A Quiet Place the audience squirms uncomfortably when Emily Blunt's character Evelyn goes into labour just as the killer aliens enter her house. The message unsaid but collectively realised by the audience is that babies always cry and the blind aliens only attack when they hear noise.
To survive, you have to be quiet!
It's a simple but incredibly effective premise.
And so in a practically empty post apocalyptic world we follow a survivalist family's quest on their farm festooned in light bulbs but without an animal that may give their presence away.
The family has a head start above other survivors. Father Leo  ( John Kraninski) is a tough protector sort whilst chubby daughter Megan ( Millicent Simmonds) is deaf allowing her and the family to communicate effectively by sign language, but a childhood game with a noisy rocket ship brings tragedy when the youngest son is killed brutally on a forage out for medication .
Despite the family strengths , the odds are clearly stacked against total silence and safety here. A crying baby, a deaf child who cannot hear the noise she is making, a nail on a staircase just waiting to be stepped upon at the wrong moment have all been set up to give the game away, and at times the story gets unbearably tense as the monsters move in....
A Quiet Place is what it is , a great old fashioned monster movie......
With a twist
8/10

" shut the fuck up" Emily Blunt

36 comments:

  1. My son told me about this and I'd like to see it. It led to a conversation about having to remain silent and I talked about the Jews in hiding during the Holocaust and very tragically babies were unwittingly smothered buy mothers coddling too tight to quieten them. These films we wast have lead to real conversations. Joe had such a vivid dream that I told him one day he might write a screen play himself !

    Did you ever watch Signs ? I loved it.

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  2. We thought it brilliant ... and gave it an 8/10 too.

    What made us break into stifled fits of giggles though was the audience in the packed cinema trying to cough, munch on popcorn and slurp their drinks during the all too few spells of noise or music on screen 😆😆

    And yes, we jumped out of our skins on quite a few occasions.

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  3. Ooooh! I don't do scary! Even the scary cemetery scene in Sound of Music had my heart pounding! I do Happy, .... for Happy, I suggest you forcefully suspend your literary critic and go to Peter Rabbit... it's only 90 minutes and you'll get plenty of giggles from the dialogue designed to keep the adult caregivers entertained.

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    1. Yep! Light on length, light on sadness, light on viciousness, gratuitous violence .... need I continue? Weaver was saying recently she wasn't sure she needed to read the newspaper - and certainly most of the news is just dead depressing. We need lightweight John. Thats why sailing and eating sarnies on the beach is Good For You!

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  4. That sounds like just my sort of film. After your review I will definitely look out for this.

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    1. Let me know if you like it

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  5. Saw them on Graham Norton last night. They're a nice couple.

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    1. And he's quite lovely to look at

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  6. Blunt and Kraninski I meant!

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    1. They have nice chemistry on film too

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    2. AKA! The Krunts, very funny. Just seen the movie, very good and quite stressful to watch. I kept holding my breath!

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  7. I have just listened to an Algernon Blackwood story about a malevolent presence which can only find you if you think about it or just be scared of it. That's even trickier than staying quiet.

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    1. Now that would make a good movie

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    2. I've never seen Nightmare on Elm Street, but I gather Freddie only gets you in your dreams. That was a good idea.

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  8. Thank you for the excellent review. I love movies that are innovative and have unique plots and intriguing characters. This film sounds very exciting and thrilling for all the right reasons. It is definitely on my list of films to watch.

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    1. It starts well, then slumps a tiny bit then roars to a climax

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  9. My old heart could not take that movie.

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  10. Well, shoot - I want to see this, and now I know about what happens to the son :( Maybe watch the spoilers a bit?

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  11. Saw it last night and completely agree. It was a bit of a slow (quiet) start, but once the action ramped up, it was all out.

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    1. Yes it was slow at first but that set the scene , the deaf daughter was very good too

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  12. Prob'ly going on Mon - anticipating I'll be looking away from screen for much of the time to protect my ageing heart.

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  13. I plan to see this John.. i love a good scare. Glad to hear it was good... Hugs! deb

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  14. The son gets killed! Spoiler alert! I bet everyone is sorry they banned DDT now!

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  15. I really want to see this film but know i am way too big a wuss to attempt it in the cinema........

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  16. I haven't heard of this movie, but it's an interesting premise!

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  17. My husband will love this.

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  18. -- ​ I want to see it but I don't want to see it. --
    I don't like anything that shows harm to children, I am unable to watch a horror movie like this then be home alone LOL and I decided a while back that if I see a movie, it will be pleasant. pretty , funny or actually true story . But I have quit seeing horror movies. There might be times in a person's life where they think they are actually in a horror movie ... ​ horror​ do​esn't appeal to me anymore ..

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  19. Loved it! True horror!

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  20. Have read a lot about this film - they are married in real life too I believe. As I live alone I think I can safely say I shall not go and see this.

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  21. Not my cup of tea!! It does sound like a somewhat new twist on terror.

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  22. Glad you gave us a head's up about the tension. I'll see it at home where I can leave the room if it gets to be too much. Thanks.

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