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A Quiet Place

John Krasinski

John Krasinski is still best known on these shores for his role as Jim on the American version of The Office, but he is very quickly establishing a name as a very talented filmmaker. A Quiet Place, his third feature, is a tense, dystopian thriller which will cement that reputation.

As the story begins, we join an unnamed family gathering provisions in a ghostly upstate New York town. They communicate via sign language as their daughter is deaf, but also because even the slightest noise can lead to a sudden, violent death. This is an apocalyptic world where humans are constantly under threat from blind spidery creatures which hunt their prey using their super sensitive hearing. These two parents (played by real-life couple Krasinski and Emily Blunt) have made every effort to make sure their son (Suburbicon’s Noah Jupe) and daughter (the wonderful Millicent Simmonds, last seen in Wonderstruck) learn to live silently and still enjoy some kind of a normal childhood. But with a pregnant wife (how on earth will she get through labour without making a sound?) this determined father is desperate to make contact with the outside world. When the family gets separated from one another, the true horror of their situation, and their determination to survive, comes through loud and clear.

Unlike most end-of-the world films, A Quiet Place is very much about the strength of unity. There’s a warmth and humour to this family that makes you very much want to see them all survive. Superbly told and beautifully made, this is a terrific watch which is already been lauded as the best horror film since Get Out.