Wednesday, 12 September 2018

A Quiet Place (2018) - Richee Review

So I thought A Quiet Place looked absolutely stupid when it first come out, then when all the positive reviews came in it peaked my interest; maybe it wasn't as stupid as it looked. Directed by and starring John Krasinski, the film follows a family as they struggle to survive during an alien attack. The aliens attack by sound alone, so the family communicates through sign language and find themselves walking on sand to keep their footsteps silent. 

The film starts 87 days in, showing just how dangerous this world and the alien foe is. Fast forward to over 400 days later and the family has settled down in a farmhouse and are preparing to bring another baby into the world. They're making a soundproof room while keeping in touch with their surviving neighbours, and still trying to find help through their radio. One thing leads to another, and their farm comes under attack from the blind aliens.
The film builds great tension through out and had me on the edge of my seat in the later parts. Also, using sound from the character who is on screen was really well done and really had me holding my breath when Regan (Millicent Simmonds), the deaf daughter, is on screen with one of the aliens right behind her but she has no idea; it worked really well. The acting and directing is also excellent. John Krasinski did a spectacular job with this small cast and frankly simple story. The idea of how these aliens attack is interesting, but after finding out the aliens only hunt through sound I was questioning how the military or anyone else didn't use this to their advantage, it's pretty obvious. Plus, another glaring weakness is when the aliens spread their armored plates to listen more closely; how has no one in nearly 500 days at this point thought "let's shoot them in their fleshy head when they listen?"
Other gripes are the cheap jump scare tactics, like why have a gas lantern next to the monopoly board when you have electricity still functioning? The pregnancy angle also made me roll my eyes in the trailer. Why bring a baby in to this world when you know they're not known to be quiet? However, they're tracking the pregnancy and are making a sound proof room to deal with the new family member, so you know they've made plans, so that became a mute point and was a planned part of the story... but, unfortunately things don't go to plan.

I enjoyed this film but there are lots of plot holes that really take away from it. The CGI aliens are also hit and miss; they have a cool design but are kinda crappy CGI. The film was better then I originally expected, but it doesn't live up to the hype surrounding it. Final rating is a 7/10: it's a good horror film but nothing revolutionary, plus the ending is very cliche. Have you guys seen the film, and what did you think about it? Let me know in the comments below. Richee

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