‘A Quiet Place’ Silently Captivates and Leaves Some Viewers Wanting More



John Fiorino, Entertainment Editor

In “A Quiet Place” less is more in this silent thriller, but ultimately, horror movie fans felt it came up short.

Its plot is simple, yet effective. Deadly creatures that are bullet-like fast can hear the sound of you stepping on leaves from miles away.

In the silent thriller, most of humanity is wiped out by these creatures that roam around the area as they please and are attracted to sound, including the creaking of wooden boards beneath your feet in your very own house. That slight sound will attract one, perhaps two or more from miles away. Wherever the family walks, there is sand or carpet so their sound is completely neutralized.

Lee (John Krasinski) and Evelyn (Emily Blunt) make a dynamic couple and¬†compliment each other well. Krasinski’s knowledge and use of force in order to protect his family are checked out when he is alone with Blunt and they dance together listening to an iPod. Their only way to dance together,¬†through headphones and standing on a carpet, is a reminder of both the way life used to be and how life is now. They dance listening to music while reminiscing of the times when they could dance when and wherever they wanted, and the way it’s done now is a show of how careful you have to be at all times.

Pair the monsters roaming the area with family problems and you can create an emotional horror movie. That’s what “A Quiet Place” did. The daughter (Millicent Simmonds), butted heads with Krasinski for a majority of the movie. In a universe where a creature can kill you at any second for sneezing or coughing outside, you think the typical family drama wouldn’t get in the way. Perhaps this is a way to show that this is still an everyday family and despite the fact that these monsters control the land, every family still has their issues. Still, it felt like there was a lot of family drama invested in a movie that should be primarily about staying alive and working together.

An interesting scene is towards the conclusion in the movie when Blunt goes into labor. Challenged by the fact she’s avoiding these creatures and the rest of the family is split up on their farm, she must find a way to give birth in a room by herself while also doing it silently. It’s nerve-wracking as she moves every inch around the house, but also problematic when trouble arises outside.

One of the main issues and best parts of “A Quiet Place” is the monsters. There is nothing in the background of why these creatures are here or how they got here. Were they under the Earth and emerged? Are they aliens? The audience is never told. In addition, it takes more than half the movie to see the monsters up close where the audience can truly appreciate the detail put into these beasts.

Another issue was the predictability. This movie has received mostly positive reviews with high ratings, but its simplicity was also the downfall to avid horror fans. William Paterson student and horror movie fan, Jake Walters, junior, was disappointed with the final product.

“It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t good,” Walters said. “If you’re a horror fan, you can see where it’s going. It got very predictable at one point.”

While Walters’ criticism is valid and indeed true to some, not all felt like this. The film is currently at a 95 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.1 on IMDb.

While some were disappointed, most found it impressive and a refreshing take on horror movies. The actors, all six of them, worked well together, and Krasinski and Blunt thrived in the lead roles. If you need a new spin on horror, “A Quiet Place” is the film to see right now.