Director: John Krasinski
Written By: John Krasinski, Scott Beck and Bryan Woods
Run Time: 90 mins.
I would like to imagine that John Krasinski's character from 'The Office,' Jim Halpert, lives in the same world that 'A Quiet Place' takes place in. Maybe Dwight Schrute died, and Jim, feeling guilty for torturing him over the years, took over the Schrute family farm and lived there with his second wife and kids. After he had divorced from our favorite secretary, Pam, of course. Jim, having matured since his days working at the office and putting office supplies into Jell-O, is now a converted survivalist with a serious beard. Instead of selling paper for Dunder Mifflin and playing golf, he spends his time planting crops, tooling around with hearing aids and fighting off demogoron-like creatures that will tear you limb from limb if you make a peep.
This is just fan fiction for 'The Office' at this point.
John Krasinski actually wrote, directed and stars in 'The Quiet Place' a post-apocalyptic film about un-killable beasts that hunt you based on how much sound you make. Much like Seth Rogan's 'Superbad,' this film is a bit of a pet project for Krasinski that he co-wrote with college friends:Scott Beck and Bryan Woods. Highly influenced by silent films, the movie has almost no dialogue. Characters use American Sign Language during most of the film. This creates a great sense of tension, suspense and provides for some highly enjoyable jump scares. This is a film unlike anything that I have seen but if you were to compare it to other films, I would say that it is all the best things of 'Jurassic Park,' 'Signs,' and '13 Cloverfield Lane.'
Krasinski's character, simply named Lee Abbott (hat tilt to silent film stars Abbott and Costello), is the stressed out husband and father of a boy and girl with another one on the way. (Why you would ever have a kid in this environment is anyone's guess to me!) I payed the closest attention to his performance as I am not as familiar with Krasinski's more dramatic work. Emily Blunt, who steals the movie, plays Lee's wife Evelyn Abbott, who carries the burden of pregnancy (and doing laundry with no electricity). The boy, Marcus (Noah Jupe), plays Lee's hearing son. The girl, Regan, is deaf in the story and is played by Millicent Simonds who is actually deaf in real life. Because there is no dialogue, the actors are forced to act using emotions and hand gestures. Every one of the characters did this beautifully, especially aforementioned Emily Blunt. Being pregnant, she is forced into the most predicaments, and has to do the most acting out of everyone on screen. The pregnancy plays a large part of the plot of the story, seeing how babies make a lot of noise and everything. Her scenes are the most gripping and a highlight of the film. I walked away incredibly impressed with her performance.
One of the things that I really liked about this film was that it painted a person that was hard of hearing in a incredibly positive light. Unlike 'Don't Breathe' where the blind character was the un-killable bad guy. In this case being deaf and having a cochlear implant starts initially as a detriment, but later becomes an advantage. Rarely do these types of conditions appear in films in a realistic way, let alone aid characters where the handicap almost becomes a superpower; but not in an over the top way like 'Daredevil.'
'A Quiet Place' is captivating from start to finish. You really have no idea where the film is going up to the end, and what is really fun is that plot points and character development are not spelled out or crammed down your throat. You have to be paying attention, otherwise you could miss something. The rules of the world set up by the plot are followed and are consistent as in: you make noise, they come. And oh boy do they. I hate it when jump scares happen only to move the plot forward. That is not the case here. There is a constant threat and constant tension. 'A Quiet Place' is enchanting, original, suspenseful, scary (at times), fun and bad-ass. Definitely a refreshing surprise.
Side Note: This film is produced by Michael Bay. Yeah...now I'm having second thoughts about him too! Also for fans of Sam Raimi, there is a fun 'Evil Dead' like moment you'll enjoy.
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