John Krasinski first really came into the public consciousness with his memorable role as Jim on The Office. That role got him a rabid following as Jim was the personification of the amiable nice guy. Krasinski played many other supporting roles in movies and television but in my mind hit a whole new level leading a stellar cast in the Michael Bay military thriller 13 Hours. In that film he proved he had the charisma and star power to lead a film while Michael Bay proved once again he could make serious films as well as popcorn entertainment. Krasinski then decided to see how he liked it behind the camera in a genre he wasn’t familiar with or really a fan of. Horror. With A Quiet Place, he introduced us to a new side of himself and man, what a side it is.
After Earth has been overrun by lethal extraterrestrial creatures with incredibly sensitive hearing, those who survived now live lives of silence as they try to live each new day amongst the roaming creatures. Lee and Evelyn Abbott (John Krasinski and Emily Blunt) and their children have survived so for twelve months on a carefully constructed farm where they live in absolute silence. But with Evelyn expecting a new baby, they must come up with a plan that will ensure all of their survival.
With A Quiet Place, we may all be witness to yet another new discovery behind the camera in a story similar to last year’s success of Jordan Peele with his film Get Out. A Quiet Place is a masterwork in sound design and in tension. Krasinski and his real life wife Emily Blunt as excellent as the insanely cautious parents in a world where sound can get you killed, and relative newcomer Millicent Simmonds, who plays their deaf daughter and is actually deaf in real life, is a revelation in her role as a teen growing up in a world where she doesn’t have the luxury of a normal upbringing. The use of music and the conscious lack of use of music is brilliant, the sound design of the whole film is stunning and actually causes the viewer to interact differently than usual. When I saw the film in the movie theatre, people were actually hesitant to put their hands in their popcorn bags or take a sip from their drinks in fear that it would interfere with the experience. That is an amazing accomplishment. A Quiet Place is a beautifully constructed experiment in tension and is very highly recommended to any movie lover out there, not just the horror hounds.