Keep up-to-date on your favourite artists and movies, track gig and release dates, and join in the conversation.
Want more? Listen to our discussion of 'A Quiet Place' on SWITCHCast
SEARCH RESULTS FOR
In our new episode of 'Sleeping Beauty' for Ink & Paint, Daniel looks at its lasting legacy on animation, cinema and art - click to listen now!x
review, A Quiet Place, A, Quiet, Place, film, movie, latest movies, new movie, movie ratings, current movie reviews, latest films, recent movies, current movies, movie critics, new movie reviews, latest movie reviews, latest movies out, the latest movies, review film, latest cinema releases, Australian reviews, cinema, cinema reviews, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds, Cade Woodward, Leon Russom, Doris McCarthy, Evangelina Cavoli, Ezekiel Cavoli, Rhoda Pell, John Krasinski, Drama, Horror, Thriller film rating

A QUIET PLACE

★★★★

A SMART, SILENT TAKE ON THE HORROR GENRE

THEATRICAL REVIEW
LATEST REVIEWS
By Jess Fenton
29th March 2018

Is it just me, or are horror films getting... smarter? Growing up and attending adolescent sleepovers in the time of B-grade Stephen King, gore-fests, creature-features and monsters that go bump in the night, my opinion has been tainted from the beginning, and my negative attitude towards them has followed me into adulthood (with a brief reprieve during the ‘Scream’/‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ era). However, there is a change in the winds of late - with cinemas being home to the likes of ‘Get Out’, ‘It’, ‘It Follows’, ‘Split’, 'The Babadook' and ‘Better Watch Out’, the calibre of this genre has gone from cheap, eye-rolling and gratuitous with the sole purpose of causing teenagers to wet their sleeping bags at night to intelligent, clever, artistic and, as of 2018, Oscar-worthy.

SWITCH: 'A QUIET PLACE' TRAILER 2

It’s 2020, or there abouts; the date no longer matters, just how many days since They arrived. In an almost completely deserted town, a man (John Krasinski, ’13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi’), his wife (Emily Blunt, ‘The Devil Wears Prada’) and their children spend every minute of every day in the fight for their lives. Aliens live in their area - they attack quickly and without hesitation at the smallest noise. This mother and father have created an impressive life of silence and survival, with the father tinkering away daily in search of a solution and signs of human life out there in rest of the world. We see this family more than a year since the aliens’ arrival. The mother is eight months pregnant and preparing for a life with a noisy newborn, while the dad struggles to teach his terrified 12-year-old son (Marcus Abbott, ‘Suburbicon’) how to take care of the family, and his relationship with his defiant teenage deaf daughter (Millicent Simmonds, ‘Wonderstruck’) is fractured to say the least.

This film is a family affair on and off the screen, with Krasinski donning his star, writer and director hats here, as well as casting his real-life wife as his on-screen partner. The story of ‘A Quiet Place’ at its core is family - their physical and emotional survival as a family unit, which is the film’s biggest strength. We’re never privy to this family’s life before the arrival, nor does it matter, all we see is their extensive current setup, their resourcefulness and their unwavering love and care of one another. It is quite beautiful and a lovely and surprising departure in such a genre.

The story of ‘A Quiet Place’ at its core is family - their physical and emotional survival as a family unit, which is the film’s biggest strength.

Obviously given the plot it’s no surprise to learn that the communication here is sparse, and with the exception of only two scenes, it's completely non-verbal. The family uses sign language and simple gestures as well as general body language and eye contact. But boy, would I love to get my hands on the screenplay - undoubtedly littered with the most impressive visual direction and subtle details to leave its audience in unrelenting suspense.

No film can escape those inevitable questions that arise as you leave the cinema, and while ‘A Quiet Place’ does have those, they’re minor. Krasinski and his co-writers Bryan Woods and Scott Beck have strategically and surreptitiously placed all the information you need throughout the scenes in order to paint a complete and fantastic picture free of queries and inconsistencies.

The cast - a grand total of six actors - are all brilliant. Blunt and Krasinski are wonderful without question, and if you didn’t love them enough off-screen, this will put them over the edge. But the breakaway here is Millicent Simmonds; this real-life deaf actress is transfixing, and the real protagonist of the story. So much rests on her young shoulders, but her mere presence is a true stroke of genius - in a world where noise will get you killed, a person who can’t hear is surely ideal, however it’s in this place that you need the ability to hear more than ever.

FAST FACTS
RELEASE DATE: 05/04/2018
RUN TIME: 1h 30m
CAST: John Krasinski
Emily Blunt
Noah Jupe
Millicent Simmonds
Cade Woodward
Leon Russom
Doris McCarthy
Evangelina Cavoli
Ezekiel Cavoli
Rhoda Pell
DIRECTOR: John Krasinski
WRITERS: John Krasinksi
Scott Beck
Brian Woods
PRODUCERS: John Krasinski
Michael Bay
Allyson Seeger
Bradley Fuller
Andrew Form
SCORE: Marco Beltrami
www.aquietplacemovie.com
AQuietPlaceMovie
QuietPlaceMovie
AQuietPlaceMovie
Want more? Listen to our discussion of 'A Quiet Place' on SWITCHCast 
TOP-RATED REVIEWS
The Food Club - A taste of the spice of life
TRENDINGWIN THE FOOD CLUBA taste of the spice of life
High Ground - Australia's cycle of violence
TRENDINGHIGH GROUNDAustralia's cycle of violence
Pocahontas - 25 years later, the colours of the wind are fading
TRENDINGPOCAHONTAS25 years later, the colours of the wind are fading
Underwater love - Seven films to watch before 'The Shape of Water'
TRENDINGUNDERWATER LOVESeven films to watch before 'The Shape of Water'
Dark Whispers Vol. 1 - A spooky anthology from Australia's female horror directors
TRENDINGDARK WHISPERS VOL. 1A spooky anthology from Australia's female horror directors
xXx: Return Of Xander Cage - The good, the bad and the ugly
TRENDINGxXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGEThe good, the bad and the ugly
Revisiting 'Dark City' 20 years later - The most underrated and influential sci-fi film ever?
TRENDINGREVISITING 'DARK CITY' 20 YEARS LATERThe most underrated and influential sci-fi film ever?
The World at War - The landmark documentary series restored in high definition
TRENDINGTHE WORLD AT WARThe landmark documentary series restored in high definition
Pixie - A violent bunch of eejits
TRENDINGPIXIEA violent bunch of eejits
Music - Sia's feature debut falls flat
TRENDINGMUSICSia's feature debut falls flat
Jungle - A true story told poorly
TRENDINGJUNGLEA true story told poorly
Summerland - Sweet and sentimental
TRENDINGSUMMERLANDSweet and sentimental
River's Edge - The kids aren't alright
TRENDINGRIVER'S EDGEThe kids aren't alright
The Land Before Time - 30th anniversary of a breathtaking animated masterpiece
TRENDINGTHE LAND BEFORE TIME30th anniversary of a breathtaking animated masterpiece
The Secrets We Keep - They kept a big secret... this movie is mediocre
TRENDINGTHE SECRETS WE KEEPThey kept a big secret... this movie is mediocre
The Trouble with Being Born - Controversial, unsettling and intelligent science-fiction
TRENDINGTHE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORNControversial, unsettling and intelligent science-fiction
Romantic Road - Falling in love with India, the Rolls Royce and each other
TRENDINGROMANTIC ROADFalling in love with India, the Rolls Royce and each other
Wet Woman in the Wind - A sexy struggle for conquest
TRENDINGWET WOMAN IN THE WINDA sexy struggle for conquest
Nymphomaniac - Lars, sex and cinema
TRENDINGNYMPHOMANIACLars, sex and cinema
© 2011 - 2021 midnightproductions
All rights reserved

Support SWITCH | Disclaimer | Contact Us!