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A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.
Anyone who lives in the world and follows films has a very good idea of the main concept behind a quiet place: there are beings that will kill you if you make a noise. The film does very little to try to explain where these beings come from, all we know is how long they have been there and that they have changed the face of the planet quite radically.
We follow the Abbot family, who live in a remote country house with an elaborate system to protect each other, but the main thing is that they have become very skilled at being very quiet.
The incredible result of that premise is that the film has very little dialogue and, instead, makes great use of images and sound. And there are truly impressive pieces in this film, and without spoiling anything, Emily Blunt offers a stellar performance, as usual.
Frustrating, because the film chooses to concentrate on the action and the premise, it did not give real substance to its characters and their relationships. It creates a very artificial conflict between the father and his daughter, and it really feels as if it had been added to a later version of the script to give a sort of emotional arc to the characters, but the result is awkward at best , a little ridiculous the worst.
In addition, the film fails to create very clear rules about what creatures can or can not hear, how they work, how they are able to detect obstacles in their path, how many there are or how fast they move, all animals are dead, and the list is likely to continue. The result is that whatever is established at one point inevitably changes later to adapt to the dramatic needs of history, but undermines our ability to suspend disbelief. On repeated occasions, it seems that the film does everything possible to get excited, even if that goes against the internal logic of the film.
On a similar note, in the middle of the film John Krasinski takes his son to hunt. At some point, they stop at a waterfall, next to which Krasinski begins to scream, casually explaining to his son that as long as there is a louder sound next to them, they will be absolutely safe. I was thinking the same thing during the first half of the movie, that is, if these creatures follow sounds, would not it be easy to constantly distract them with sounds everywhere? We certainly have the technology to do that. Besides, should not there be soundproof shelters? Could not all mankind focus on soundproofing all their houses?
But even if we accept for a second that these solutions are impossible, then why do not they move next to a waterfall or any other natural place that is always very noisy? Also, it does not seem that they can shower at all, a waterfall would have a lot of hygienic sense.
I understand that it is a film and, sometimes, internal logic must be sacrificed, but after that moment it became difficult to sell and it felt as if the film had done very little to address that flagrant problem.
Original title A Quiet Place
IMDb Rating 8.1 56,246 votes
TMDb Rating 7.3