I‘ve always considered the “Alien” movies to be some of the best sci-fi/horror films ever produced. Now along comes “A Quiet Place”, giving the “Alien” series a run for its frights. The film is directed by John Krasinski, who stars in the film with his real-life wife Emily Blunt, and is the tale of a frightening not so distant future, 2020, after the Earth has all but been decimated by nasty extra-terrestrials. Not only do these aliens have the appearance of a creature from your worst nightmares, they have highly sensitive hearing which causes them to attack at the slightest sound.
The story introduces us to the Abbott family, led by Lee (Krasinski) and Evelyn (Blunt), who live in farm country with their children, one of which is hearing impaired. The family survives by harvesting food from their farmland and scavenging supplies from the nearest deserted town. They must always walk barefooted and communicate via American Sign Language. Lee has been attempting to create a device to help with his daughter Regan’s (Millicent Simmonds) hearing, and despite having little to no success, one of his devices will play a pivotal role in the fight against the aliens. The family has adapted well to their situation, with Lee training his son Marcus (Noah Jupe) to catch fish and how to care for the family when he grows older. Of course, there are several “accidents” leading to the unwanted appearance of the vile invaders, and I must again convey they are frightening in appearance. To make matters even more challenging for the family, Evelyn is about to give birth, so you can imagine the trouble and danger this could bring to the Abbott house. In a smart move, Lee has monitors set up in the basement of the house to monitor the land around his house for any sightings of the unsightly creatures.
The family has also prepared for the pending birth of the latest Abbott, and I must say the way they plan to help shield the babies crying is extremely clever. As with any family, there are some internal conflicts which are resolved due to their harrowing experiences with the nasty invaders. The film has plenty of jump worthy moments, and I was jolted several times. I was really impressed with the intensity of the film, and how many surprises were delivered by the screen writers. The actors were very impressive and effective in their roles, and Krasinski sure put his wife through some tough moments, but Blunt proved she could deliver. The child actors were extremely good, and were a definite highlight of the film. At the end of the film I felt like I could finally exhale, and left the theater wishing for a sequel. I made the mistake of eating popcorn during the film, which I felt embarrassed doing because of the films many quiet moments. I recommend a snack of soft candy or just a drink for this one. Leave the popcorn and nachos in the lobby. “A Quiet Place” is a thrilling sic-fi/horror flick on par with the “Alien” films. Shhh! Don’t made a sound.
Rated PG-13, 4 Aliens (out of 4)