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Mahlon at the Movies: A Quiet Place


I just saw A Quiet Place and it was amazing. Probably one of the best horror films I’ve seen in a long time. Now that may surprise some of you as I don’t seem like much of a horror fan but if it has an interesting enough premise – then I’m in the mood to get scared. And this movie is no exception, especially with a premise as unique and well executed as this one.

In his directorial debut, John Krasinski (yes, Jim from The Office) stars in the movie with his real-life wife, Emily Blunt, as a husband and wife with their two children who must survive a post-apocalyptic world where if they make a single sound, they will die. A premise that they use to the fullest effect in this movie. There is little to no talking through the entire film, with most of the communication done through real American Sign Language. In this movie one of the main child actors, Millicent Simmonds, is deaf in real life. This adds to the realism of Simmond’s character and to the entire cast using sign language.

That’s what really makes this movie unique, it’s one of the few movies where the characters are very intelligent in the way that they attempt to stay silent, not just using Sign Language. They take every precaution to make sure not to make any sound, every plan they have is for their ultimate survival, and yet, even when they make every plan for every situation, things still go wrong. And that is where the horror comes in.

Because here’s the thing that most people forget about horror, is that as the audience, you must care about the characters. That way when they are in danger, you’re scared, you want them to get out, you cheer when they escape or cry when they don’t. And that’s the strongest point for “A Quiet Place” - its characters. These characters have a very dynamic family that is shown not through dialogue but from their expressions and body language, especially when tensions run high. And you worry because this is ultimately a story of family trying to survive under the worst circumstances, going through so much loss and trying to move on. You care about these characters and want no harm done to them, but naturally in a horror film, they do.

While throughout the movie I was nitpicking some plot points within the film I couldn’t really allow myself to let that bring the movie down for me. Instead I allowed myself to be immersed in the world that the director had created and fearful for the family in this strange and horrible world. Especially when Emily Blunt’s character is pregnant throughout the film and you just sit there, waiting for the inevitable to happen.

“A Quiet Place” is a tense filled horror film that I would recommend to anyone looking for a good horror film. And I’m giving ‘A Quiet Place’, 4 out of 5 stars.


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