By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
Psychological thriller and horror films are enjoying a major resurgence. Perhaps we can thank Oscar winner Jordan Peele for raising the bar on the genre with his cinematic sensation, "Get Out.”
Now, John Krasinski (“Detroit”) is following suit with his new move, “A Quiet Place”
which he not only stars in, but also co-wrote and directed.
This isn’t your typical dystopian, alien horror movie. Krasinski and screenwriters Bryan Woods and Scott Beck (“Nightlight”) bring a thoroughly exciting wrinkle to the game.
In “A Quiet Place,” Earth has been invaded by this fast moving, nasty, toothy, predator looking monsters. No one knows how they got here or why, but they have devoured most everyone on the planet. And get this, these creatures are blind, yet have a keen sense of hearing.
Somehow one family from upstate New York has been smart enough to stay quiet and not get eaten by these beasts. Remember, if they hear you, they will hunt you down and kill you.
So, while silence is golden, it’s not always easy to accomplish for Lee Abbott (Krasinski), his wife, Evelyn (Krasinski’s real life wife Emily Blunt, “Sicario”) and their two young kids, Marcus (Noah Jupe, “Suburbicon”) and daughter Regan played by Millicent Simmonds, “Wonderstruck”) who is actually deaf.
A sneeze, a dropped toy and dish or even whispering too loud could spell an immediate end to the Abbotts who often stay hunkered down in their sturdy farmhouse.
It’s a good thing they all know sign language. It’s kept them alive so far. Actually, one of the family members, little Beau (Cade Woodward) gets tragically picked off early in the movie and it sets the tone for the terror that’s ahead. Even venturing out to search for food and medicine is extremely risky.
Did I mention Evelyn is pregnant? When she steps on a nail while walking down to the basement, you want to scream for her. She drops her lantern which of course alerts the monsters.
She actually goes into labor down in the basement and has no one to help her since the rest of the family is out fishing and gathering food.
While Evelyn tries an inventive measure to control her newborn’s crying, it’s short lived as her movements awaken the sleeping giants in a horrific way.
I occasionally watched John Krasinski in the hit TV show, “The Office.” I even enjoyed his work behind the camera in the movies, “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men” and the dramedy “The Hollars,” (2016).
However, he impressed me more with his star turn in Michael Bay’s 2016 big screen drama, “13 Hours.”
But, who knew there was this sort of talent bubbling inside him?
While Krasinski is terrific starring as a protective dad in “A Quiet Place,” it’s his attention to detail as a director; along with the nuances he brings to the film that makes it feel so daring, unique and such a triumph.
I loved every minute of this movie.
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Shh! Look At This Trailer For "A QUIET PLACE"
Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA), the Black Reel Awards Voting Academy and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.