Movie Review - A Quiet Place
Therefore, in order to enjoy this film, a lot of suspension of disbelief is required. As one watches, one will see echoes of other horror films or monster movies, from Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park (1993) to M. Night Shyamalan's Signs (2002). Those movies did better jobs of explaining their monsters' origins and did a lot of the heavy lifting, so that audiences didn't have to do a lot of suspension of disbelief. In that way, those movies will always be better than this, also because those movies had something to say, either about life or humanity. This movie doesn't have anything particular to say, but director and co-writer John Krasinski does achieve what the best horror films achieve and that's genuine thrills and scares. On a purely visceral level, therefore, this movie works.
Speaking of Jurassic Park, this movie mimics an iconic scene with two kids trapped in a vehicle with a monster outside trying to get inside. It's as effective as that Spielberg film in how terrifying and on edge it makes you feel, and it's not simply because it's children in peril. Of course, that's unavoidable, but it's more effective than even the recent It (2017).
When it comes to a movie like this, the sound design and mixing are crucial. So much of the film is dominated with quiet or sheer silence. Every creaking floorboard becomes hyper exaggerated and a source of anxiety. With that, it's also great that the deaf girl, played by actual deaf actress Millicent Simmonds, gets to have such an integral and even heroic role by the end.
Rated PG-13 for terror and some bloody images.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 30 mins.