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Monday, April 9, 2018

Sheep Movie Review: A Quiet Place (2018)

A Quiet Place
April 6, 2018
Directed by: John Krasinski
Screenplay by: Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, and John Krasinski

Cast: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Cade Woodward
Rating: PG-13 (for terror and some bloody images)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Runtime: 90 minutes
Produced by Michael Bay
Production Company: Paramount Pictures

In the modern horror thriller A QUIET PLACE, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threatens their survival. If they hear you, they hunt you.

A Quiet Place is a 2018 American science fiction horror film directed by John Krasinski, who also stars alongside Emily Blunt, his real-life spouse. The screenplay was written by Krasinski, Bryan Woods, and Scott Beck, based on a story by Woods and Beck. The plot follows a family who must live life in silence while hiding from alien creatures who are blind and track by sound, that have overrun the Earth in 2020.

The Abbott family - husband Lee, wife Evelyn, deaf daughter Regan (John Krasinski cast deaf actress Millicent Simmonds to play the daughter, Regan), sons Marcus and Beau - scavenge for supplies while remaining as silent as possible and communicating through sign language. Lee relieves Beau of a toy space shuttle warning him that its noise could attract the creatures and removes the batteries. Taking pity on him, Regan returns the toy to Beau who, unseen by the family, restores the batteries. Later, Beau turns on the toy and attracts one of the creatures, which slaughters him. A year later, they live on a farm, and Evelyn is pregnant. Son Marcus is frightened because of the creatures, especially when his father wants him at one point to learn how he checks out his traps for fish in a nearby river, while Regan begins to act like a rebellious preteen who also blames herself for Beau’s death.

It came to me why this sleek and accomplished dystopian film works so well in its horror, after watching one I saw in theaters in 1998. In the 90s film, you see a lot of gore and watch as the monsters kill and digest their victims. Gore never scares me, it just makes me want to puke. In A Quiet Place, except for the corpse of one dead old woman, you never see how the creatures kill those they catch. Plus, you don’t see the whole monster until close to the end. This leaves it up to the audience to imagine things, to leave them in suspense. Like what was done with The Haunting (1963), a scary ghost story, as one example.

If you like a good scary movie that will scare and unsettle you, but without all the gore that makes you sick, A Quiet Place, should be your choice for your movie viewing.

I give A Quiet Place 5 scary sheep.

Reviewed by Pamela K. Kinney


  1. I love the premise - simple yet fascinating. This will be a "must watch" for me!

  2. I went to see this with friends and my husband. The acting was superb and the theater very quiet. One of us loved it, two went"eh" and I would have given it 3.5 rating. But be prepared for some jumping in your seats!