A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place (John Krasinki, 2018) release 6Apr18

Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds

In a post-apocalyptic world, a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing.

In several respects, John Krasinski’s outstanding third feature calls to mind Jordan Peele’s 2017 horror Get Out. Despite the very different material, both films display narrative perspicacity and masterly craftsmanship. And where Peele used genre conceits to eloquently explore issues of racial inequality, Krasinski and his fellow screenwriters Bryan Woods and Scott Beck serve up a genuinely frightening film that also plays as a devastatingly effective allegory about protection, paranoia and power. Nikki Baughan, Sight and Sound.

John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place is a nerve-shredder. It’s a movie designed to make you an active participant in a game of tension, not just a passive observer in an unfolding horror. Most of the great horror movies are so because we become actively invested in the fate of the characters and involved in the cinematic exercise playing out before us. It is a tight thrill ride—the kind of movie that quickens the heart rate and plays with the expectations of the audience, while never treating them like idiots. In other words, it’s a really good horror movie. Brian Tallerico.


Garry Gillard | reviews | New: 24 July, 2108 | Now: 25 July, 2018