Director John Krasinski
Genre Drama | Horror | Thriller
Cast Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds
Release Date April 6th, 2018
From actor turned director John Krasinski, who has two directorial credits on his resume thus far, A Quiet Place is a horror thriller about a family forced to live in silence as a way to survive in a very dangerous world. The film is produced by Michael Bay’s company Platinum Dunes. The full cast includes Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Noah Jupe, and Millicent Simmonds.
Thrilling, beautifully shot, and incredibly immersive, A Quiet Place is a unique experience and one heck of a feature-film debut for actor/director John Krasinski. I arrived at the theater with sky high expectations thanks to early critic impressions, and I am pleased to say that I was not disappointed. Falling more in line with the thriller genre while also including a perfect blend of horror, A Quiet Place invites you into a world where each and every moment could be your last. I loved this movie, and more than anything else it begs to be seen multiple times in order to truly appreciate everything it has to offer. This is what I consider to be outside the box thinking in terms of premise and overall feel for the viewers, something that is rarely seen in films today.
A Quiet Place hits you hard and fast, forcing you to hesitate when reaching for that noisy popcorn or snack (and I paid good money for that popcorn!) But seriously, the tone is set immediately, and viewers find themselves focused on silence almost as much as the characters on screen. I also need to point out the fact that the cinematography and score was a huge contributing factor to the tense mood found throughout the film. The story was originally written by Bryan Woods and Scott Peck, and the duo didn’t expect anywhere near the success that they fell into with it. During an interview, director John Krasinski confirmed that the studio had considered adding A Quiet Place as an extension of the Cloverfield films, but eventually decided otherwise. Krasinski was pleased that the film had an opportunity to pave its own way- and boy did it do just that. Simple yet intriguing at the same time, the premise and overall identity of A Quiet Place will stay with you well beyond the theater.
The cast for A Quiet Place is absolutely perfect, I mean what more could you ask for? Lead by director John Krasinski and the beautiful Emily Blunt, a couple that are married in real-life, the talent is through the roof. I dare to say Krasinski and Blunt are Hollywood’s new power couple- at the very least they stand neck and neck with Ryan Reynolds and the majestically gorgeous Blake Lively. Blunt is extremely talented and has proven she can play a variety of roles throughout her career. I will say that she seems to be selective with the roles she takes on, so far totaling only 42 acting credits, which doesn't seem like a lot. I like pretty much all of her movies but a few of my favorites from her within the past 5 or 6 years would be Looper, Edge of Tomorrow (she is incredibly badass in this), and the cartel thriller Sicario. If Emily Blunt is in a lead role, you can generally rest easy knowing the movie will be worth seeing in theaters.
To say Krasinski has come a long way since The Office would be quite an understatement. Sure, The Office is one of the best sitcoms in recent memory, and his character in the show is the fun loving goofball that everyone hopes gets the girl. Fast forward to his role in 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, and dude has become a legit badass. Now he is trying his hand at directing and acting and finding incredible success on both fronts so far. The supporting cast deserves its kudos including Noah Jupe, who recently starred in the drama Wonder. He is a very talented young man who has a bright future ahead of him. Millicent Simmonds plays the oldest sibling in the film, and she is quite the success story. Simmonds has been deaf since infancy due to a medication overdose, but she is determined to make herself known in Hollywood. A Quiet Place is only her second role in film, her first being Wonderstruck (2017). I really hope she continues to get opportunities to build on her career.
A Quiet Place is incredibly original and my eyes were glued to the screen from start to finish. This is one of the best edge-of-your-seat thrillers in recent memory, and I am honestly hard pressed to point out anything I didn’t like about it. John Krasinski has proven that not only does he deserve his place in the director's chair, he is a true dual-threat- and I hope he continues to bless us with his abilities. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next. Now I will leave you with a bit of good news, Paramount has already confirmed a sequel is in the works. So what are you waiting for?! Go see A Quiet Place!! Highly recommended.