By Darlene Leal
Seeing that this is following “Truth or Dare” it didn’t have too much to live up to. Regardless, “A Quiet Place” was an excellent take on a horror film.
“A Quiet Place” is a suspenseful drama that is focused around a family who is under some type of threat. There is a lack of explanation as to what happened in the world, but it seems as if the majority of humankind was killed off due to the monsters hunting the family.
The audience is quickly informed that the family has to consistently be quiet or else they face immediate death. This is seen with the starting scene of the movie where their youngest child is ripped from them by some alien looking creature.
This creates tension as the death of the youngest child was sort of the fault of the oldest daughter, who is deaf. She gave her youngest brother a toy which caused a lot of sound and attracted unwanted attention.
After the death, there is a flash forward on time. The mother is pregnant with another child, which is obvious will be an issue later on in the movie because who would bring a child into this hostile environment? Well, the Abbott family would and they do.
The family lives in a secluded house by the woods. They have plenty of food as they live in near farmland. They go barefoot everywhere, and place sand all along the wooded area, so they can travel quietly.
The Abbott family knew sign language, due to their eldest daughter, so that’s how they communicate for the majority of the movie.
The movie is set to cause issues with the bringing in of a new child. The birth scene was tension city and created the audience to sink to their seats wondering if the mother and newly born child would survive.
The birth scene basically creates all hell to break loose. The monsters are now very interested in their house and surround their farm.
The movie plays very well with ambiance. They live in a secluded environment that is far away from a booming society. There is little to no noise in their environment, so better believe there is a ton of jump scares. This movie plays with jump scares wisely, but they are still a bit overboard.
The camera is consistently focused on their faces. This causes the audience to see their fear, their affection for one another and every little emotion they are feeling. It’s invasive, but wise in a horror movie.
The relationships between the family seem genuine and raw. The family is dealing with the consistent fear of death, but they try their best to stay united and teach their kids the means of survival.
“A Quiet Place” was a thrill and definitely a movie to see. Also, it is a cool thing that they were able to pull off a movie that captured an audience with mostly subtitles. There were no complaints, just a lot of reading and scary music.
Four out of five Torches