A QUIET PLACE PART II (2021)
Directed by John Krasinski, the sequel, A Quiet Place Part II, chronicles the struggles of mother Evelyn and her children, Marcus and Regan, who survived the fight against sound-sensitive creatures in their hometown, to survive in the outside world where the only danger is not the creatures that hunt with sound.
After the deadly events at home, the Abbott family also has to face the outside world’s horrors as they continue their battle for life in silence. As they are forced to go dangerously into the unknown, they soon realize that the creatures that lurk behind the sand road and hunt through sound are not the only danger.
It’s probable that A Quiet Place Part II will give you the creeps. It lacks the claustrophobic intensity of its predecessor, but it’s just as tight, thrilling, and well-made. Krasinski doesn’t explain why the aliens are here in the first place like he did before. He does, however, begin with a flashback to the awful day they came, wreaking havoc on the Abbotts’ tiny village in upstate New York — as well as other towns and cities throughout the world. Many people perish, but the Abbotts manage to escape, owing to their rapid recognition that the creatures hunt by sound.
The film then jumps ahead a few months, taking up precisely where the first film left off. Lee Abbott, played by John Krasinski, was tragically slain, leaving behind his wife Evelyn, played by Emily Blunt, and their children. (In real life, Krasinski and Blunt are married.)
The family is shocked but not broken: they’ve finally figured out the aliens’ fatal flaw, and they’re eager to talk to other survivors. As a result, they leave their home and travel across an overgrown post-apocalyptic environment where danger lurks around every turn.
One of the reasons the Quiet Place films are so powerful is that the protagonists are unable to talk out loud: Because he can’t rely on verbal explanation, Krasinski has had to become a brutally efficient visual storyteller. It’s frequently claimed that Alfred Hitchcock’s films are so beautifully directed that you can watch them without the sound on, and this is true of these films as well.