A Quiet Place (2018) Summary & Review












Emily Blunt

Evelyn Abbott


John Krasinski

Lee Abbott


Millicent Simmonds

Regan Abbott



A family with 2 children live a quiet life in an isolated countryside. Children who are still in their growing age, and their parents, do not speak in any way, they communicate with sign language, but it’s not because they can’t talk. The family avoids any steps that will make a squeak, any movements that will make a sound, but one day this quiet life will be turned upside down by young children knocking over a lamp while playing games. This sound, which comes out in the deep of the silence, will immediately attract the attention of the being who is after the family, and the family will pay a heavy price for breaking their silence…



The film “A Quiet Place,” directed by John Krasinski, is a nerve-wracking experience. It’s a film that wants you to be an active participant in a game of tension, not just a passive witness of a nightmare unfolding. We get actively concerned about the destiny of the characters and engaged in the cinematic exercise playing out in front of us in the majority of excellent horror films. It’s a compact thrill trip, the type of film that raises the heart rate and toys with the audience’s expectations while never treating them like morons. In other words, it’s an excellent horror film.


Krasinski doesn’t waste any time with his script, which he co-wrote with Bryan Woods and Scott Beck. We witness a family; Krasinski portrays an unidentified father, his real-life wife Emily Blunt plays the mother, and their three children are played by Noah Jupe Millicent Simmonds, and Cade Woodward. The oldest daughter is hard of hearing (as the young actress who plays her). Because the title card says “Day 89,” we know we’re in a post-apocalyptic world. The family goes slowly—on tiptoes—around a small-town store, grabbing some of the few remaining goods and prescription medications for the elder kid, who appears to have the flu. They communicate via sign language and they are very cautious not to make any noises, but the smallest child sketches a rocket on the floor, and the item he indicates will carry them all away.


We rapidly realize that sound is harmful in this environment. The risk grows in the next sequence when the youngest child discovers a toy that produces noise, and things don’t go well. The majority of “A Quiet Place” takes place over a year later, when the family is still grieving and the mother is preparing to give birth. It’s tough to prepare for the birth of a newborn infant in a world without noise, so the father continues to analyze newspaper articles and studies, hoping to find a method to halt the creatures who murder at the sound of the smallest sound.


“A Quiet Place” leans heavily on visual storytelling due to its lack of conversation, yet it overuses composer Marco Beltrami’s violins for jump scares. It’s just speculation, but the founder of Platinum Dunes, Michael Bay, seems to be adamant on those gadgets. We’d also like to see a version of “A Quiet Place” with less over-the-top elements like sound-scares and overheated music.



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