Film Review: A Quiet Place perhaps one of the best horrors ever.
By Kyle Sutherland.
A Quiet Place, released in early April and still showing across the UK, may be one of the most original, suspenseful and artfully crafted horror/thriller films of recent memory.
The film, directed by and starring John Kransinski, best known for his comedic work as Jim on the US version of The Office and co-starring Emily Blunt of Young Victoria and Sicario fame has already grossed over $230 million dollars against a budget of under 20 million and earned universal acclaim from critics.
In the modern cinema scene this film is really quite mould breaking, since in the 21st century “horror” usually refers to ghosts, gore and re-makes of 80’s flicks such as the lacklustre Nightmare on Elm street re-boot of 2010.
If you’re looking for a classic blood fest, or a tale of childhood possession, wait a few months and they’ll be along shortly.
If however you’re looking for a brilliantly paced film full of suspense and drama, then this is the film for you.
Without giving away too much in the way of spoilers, the film centres entirely upon a family headed by Blunt and Kransinski, along with their children, finding their way through a post-apocalyptic world where most humans have been killed by mysterious creatures known as Death Angels.
These seemingly unstoppable creatures are blind yet are masters of stealth and possessed of Daredevil level hearing, meaning even the slightest sound can draw them out to attack.
Because of this the family (one of the children is deaf) communicate solely through sign language and whispers for the majority of the film.
This lack of dialogue in a traditional sense really adds to the suspense, maintaining the sense that, even as they go about the most mundane of tasks, these people are never too far away from meeting a horrific end.
I honestly wracked my brains trying to remember the last time I watched a film with so little dialogue and really found it a struggle; the answer I settled on eventually was Wall-e, which is for it’s first half basically a silent film.
A Quiet Place has drawn comparisons to the earlier work of M, Night Shamalan, and with good reason as the rural setting does give off kind of a Signs feel; I suppose you could say it’s like Shamalan but without sucking.
To talk in anymore detail about this feels plot makes me worry about ruining the ending which would be a crime given the masterful build of tension and suspense throughout the film towards the dramatic conclusion.
Therefore all I can say is you should definitely see this movie, it may not be what we have grown accustomed to a horror movie being, but it’s a masterpiece non-the less.
I score it a 4/5.