Tuesday 11 September 2018

Movie Review: A QUIET PLACE (2018)

A Quiet Place

I saw the trailer for A Quiet Place a while back, but unfortunately missed it at the cinema. Now it's available on DVD/Blu-Ray, I thought I'd give it a watch.


A Quiet Place is the story of a young family trying to survive in a dystopian world in the near future. It appears that most of the people on planet Earth have been wiped out by some kind of aliens who hunt purely by sound. If you make noise, you are pounced on by a horrific looking Alien, that's a cross between H.R. Giger's Alien, the monster from Stranger Things and Venom from the Spider-man comics. There are loads of these creatures about, so everyone communicates via sign language, and adjusts their way of life to accommodate this necessity to remain quiet.

What would be the stupidest fucking thing a couple could do during this apocalyptic time, when not only are they potentially on the menu each and every day, but have children to look after too? That's right, Emily Blunt's character is pregnant. She clearly didn't have an orgasm during sex or she'd have been eaten mid-shag (awesome idea for a remake right there!). Anyway, I digress. After losing a child to these monsters at the start of the movie, the story follows them doing day to day things, mainly preparing for the baby by sound-proofing as much as they can and building a wooden baby containment box with a miniature oxygen mask in it (seriously). There's also a nail-biting sequence where Emily's character goes into labour, steps on a nail, then delivers her own baby pretty much in silence. It's more than a little ridiculous in hindsight, but when you're watching it, the horrific stress of the story sequence keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout.

A Quiet Place is a beautifully shot work of art that is well paced and keeps the tension running high throughout. It also benefits greatly from the superb cast and the amazing sets. It reminds me a bit of The Road in terms of overall looks and vibe, except for the monsters of course.

I'm sure there are plenty of plot-holes, especially regarding the science of sound, if you think about the story in too much depth. However, as far as Horror movies go, there is a maturity to A Quiet Place, as well as a constant underlying dread that is missing from so many films of this nature. It's a roller-coaster of thrills, and its overall quality makes it essential viewing for any fan of Horror or Dystopian movies.


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