A Quiet Place: Finding Horror in Everyday Sounds

Marlem Reyes, Reporter

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A Quiet Place has an impressive hook; everyday noise as something to fear. It’s definitely a thriller that makes the most use out of the senses.

The setup of the movie is relatively simple. The world is overrun by blind monsters hypersensitive to sound. If you make a sound, they will hunt you down. An hour and a half of complete and utter tension.

The sound of utensils clinking, a door opening, footsteps, laughing, common sounds send disaster your way. The concept keeps your ears focused throughout the film.

The center of attention is the Abbott family, composed of father Lee (John Krasinski), mother (Emily Blunt), daughter Regan (Millicent Simmons), and sons Marcus (Noah Jupe) and Beau (Cade Woodward).  John Krasinski is best known for his role as Jim Halpert on The Office. He is married to Emily Blunt and screenplayed/directed the film.

The family dynamic is clear from the opening scene. The familial warmth was incredibly believable thanks to Emily Blunt and John Krasinski. Simmons, a deaf actress who taught her co-stars American Sign Language (ASL), performed spectacularly. This method of communication, ASL, isn’t seen often in films and was geniusly incorporated.

The threat of making a sound is ever present. It adds a layer of unease to what would otherwise be slow scenes, especially in the opening act.

A conversation between father and son beside a river illustrates that you can speak aloud in this world of A Quiet Place, but only when another sound is louder than the one you make. That particular scene screamed foreshadowing. SPOILER ALERT!!!! Especially when you factor in the mother’s well along pregnancy. Watching her deliver a baby with creatures in the house was completely nerve wracking.    

Although the plot is a basic survival thriller, A Quiet Place incorporates and manipulates the senses in original ways. The constant threat of making a sound keeps you on the edge of your seat (and makes you painfully aware of your fidgeting in a silent theater). Overall, A Quiet Place is performed spectacularly with unique sound designs and definitely worth a watch.

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A Quiet Place: Finding Horror in Everyday Sounds