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A Quiet Place Review

By Emma O'Leary in Arts & Culture - featured

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I walked into the theatre with high hopes for a thrilling, spooky movie, and that is what I got, but I admit my heart was never pounding out of suspense.  “A Quiet Place” isn’t chock full of demons or possessed little girls, which makes it a refreshing new twist on a horror movie.

The opening scene immediately sets the uneasy mood of the movie, as if everyone in the movie is holding their breath.

We don’t know how the monsters that attack when they hear sound came to be, and we don’t know how many people are left in the world. We only know one thing: stay quiet, stay alive.

Because of this, the movie ends up being like “The Walking Dead”: the family is trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. The movie’s plot needs enhancement with a definite direction or goal for the family, instead of simply surviving. Despite this, the emotional storyline of the movie adds more depth to the characters and plot.

The mother’s pregnancy is like a bomb that the audience is waiting to go off, as a baby brought into this situation would undoubtedly be noisy and, of course, the baby comes at the worst possible moment, which makes for the best possible drama.

While the plot could be improved, the special effects were wonderful. The monster is a horrifying, slimey being which looks almost identical to the Demogorgon from Stranger Things. The head lacks any distinguishable features besides a mouth like a tulip, with “petals” that open up to reveal rows of sharp teeth. This creature adds to the horror element of the film.

I enjoyed “A Quiet Place” because the suspense doesn’t only revolve around jump scares (although there the film does have its fair share of those as well). Instead, the silence of the film largely drives the thrill. There are several instances when the audience can see the monster and knows that it is coming for the family,  strengthening the suspense of the scenes.

The acting was good but not exceptional, and what little dialogue there was wasn’t memorable (besides the last scene, which, in my opinion, made the movie better).

The ending did not leave everything tied up neat and tidy with a bow. Instead, it left the audience itching to see how the deadly night resolved itself, and unsure of what was going to happen next.

Usually, I am not saddened by horror movies. I feel little attachment to the characters and I come to the theater with the expectation that I’m going to be scared, not sad. “A Quiet Place” managed to do both. However, the film was not the scariest one I had seen. I would categorize it more as “thriller” and less “horror,” and I had a more suspenseful experience watching “Hush.” That being said, I enjoyed “A Quiet Place” from start to finish, and I too, wanted to see what happened before the credits started rolling.

 

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