A Quiet Place
Directed by John Krasinski
A family must remain silent—or else.
John Krasinski’s new horror film is “a taut, breathless little trick of a movie,” said Leah Greenblatt in Entertainment Weekly. The former sitcom standout co-stars alongside his wife, Emily Blunt, as a couple raising their children in a post-apocalyptic world infested by large, blind, spider-like aliens that attack at the slightest sound. That makes silence a matter of survival, forcing the family to communicate in sign language as Krasinski “builds a fantastically sustained mood” across 90 minutes of “slow-drip dread and well-earned jump scares.” In essence, Krasinski has made “a feature-length extension of the stock scene where a character hides in a closet and tries not to scream,” said Adi Robertson in TheVerge.com. Blunt’s character is about to give birth, though, introducing a host of complications. The film falters late, when the foreboding gives way to outright violence. But A Quiet Place mostly remains “grounded solidly in human drama.” Sitting in a silent theater for so long is strange: “All we do is watch and beg these characters to be careful,” said Jonathan Dean in GQ (U.K.). And when they aren’t careful? Well—“good luck with the nightmares.”