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A Quiet Place

Hauntingly horrific

A stellar cast, an intriguing storyline, marvelous acting, expert directing and editing, realistic and appropriate backdrops… The list goes on for this horror science fiction movie. The story opens with a puzzling yet heart tugging incident which haunts the characters throughout the tale. The world is taken over by sightless alien like creatures with hypersensitive hearing. They are protected by armored she’ll like suite and they attack anything that comes within their senses.

The story opens with us being introduced to the Abbott family: husband Lee, wife Evelyn, deaf daughter Regan, and sons Marcus and Beau. They search for supplies in a deserted town and make their way home silently. Four-year-old Beau is drawn to a battery-operated space shuttle toy, but his father takes it away. Regan returns the toy to Beau, who unbeknownst to her has also taken the batteries his father removed. Beau activates the shuttle when the family is walking home through the woods, near a bridge. Its noise makes him an instant target for a nearby creature, and he is swiftly killed.

Fast forward a year later, Regan still struggles with guilt over her brother's death. Evelyn is in the final stages of pregnancy. Lee is fruitlessly trying to make radio contact with the outside world. Lee attempts to upgrade Regan's cochlear implant to restore her hearing, but the device fails. Later, Lee takes Marcus to a nearby river to teach him to fish while Regan visits Beau's grave. Lee explains to Marcus that they will always be safe from the creatures so long as louder sounds mask their audible movements.

Alone at the house, Evelyn goes into labor earlier than expected. While making her way to their specially modified soundproof basement, she steps on a large nail. In pain, she accidentally drops a glass picture frame and alerts a nearby creature.

Evelyn flips a switch that changes the exterior house lights to red as a danger signal to the others, and struggles to remain silent during her contractions. Arriving at the farm and seeing the lights, Lee instructs Marcus to set off fireworks as a diversion. He finds Evelyn hiding in the bathroom with their newborn son. The baby starts crying, attracting a creature, and they narrowly avoid another attack on the way to the basement. Lee leaves to find the other children, after promising Evelyn he will protect them. Evelyn falls asleep but wakes to discover that the basement is flooded with water from a broken pipe and that a creature is stalking her.

Regan and Marcus narrowly escape the creatures. However they stumble upon a discovery that might help them to defend themselves against the creatures. Will the Abbott family fight back and triumph over the creatures?

The beauty or rather the real horror behind 'A Quiet Place' is in how realistically the scenes unfold. Unlike in most horror movies in which the filmmakers seem to decide to list a line of episodes intending to scare the audience, 'A Quiet Place' works more on getting a psychological and physical reactions out of the viewers. You may not hide under the seat or scream but you are bound to feel your heart rate quickening or gasp in anticipation.

This is director John Krasinski’s first attempt at making a horror. Horror films are one of the most difficult genres to make in the cinematic sector – second only to comedy movies. However Krasinski has proven that he can be a master in the field through this production. Kudos to him for not only directing a successful horror flick but for giving a memorable performance as well.

His real life wife Emily Blunt helms the acting with him with an Oscar worthy performance. Millicent Simmonds as Regan Abbott, Lee and Evelyn’s deaf daughter and Noah Jupe as Marcus Abbott are amazing in their roles. There aren’t many supporting roles, but the ones who exist do their bit. All their combined efforts together makes 'A Quite Place' an exceptional production which is well worth your money.