Thursday, May 31, 2018

A Quiet Place (2018)

Director: John Krasinski

Writers: Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, John Krasinski

Composer: Marco Beltrami

Starring: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Cade Woodward, Leon Russom, Doris McCarthy, Rhoda Pell

More info: IMDb

Tagline: If they hear you, they hunt you.

Plot: In a post-apocalyptic world, a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.


I finally gave in and used my Movie Pass to see this.  I would've preferred to have waited to see this at home where I can control the noise and talking but what the hell.   I don't recommend seeing this in the theater.  Every time I saw the trailer I couldn't help but wonder how fast and loos they're going to play with the rules of not making sound.  Welp, as I suspected, they get a little wobbly with it and stray from it when it serves the script.  It's an interesting concept but Krasinski & co. didn't have the balls to fully commit.  Most of the frights come in the form of jump scares complete with instant loud music in addition to the instant loud sound effects and something jumping on screen.  I fucking hate that shit.  It shows the lack of talent when it comes to filming suspense and horror.  When in doubt, make a loud fucking noise out of nowhere and flash something in front of their eyes.  It's the easiest and most prominent scare tactic in the book and it's cheap.  Then there's bullshit like why would they bring a baby into this environment, you know, one of the loudest things ever?  And how about them having power on that farm out in the middle of nowhere?  Where did that come from?   Can a power plant continue to operate a year and a half without people maintaining it?  These are just a couple of big observations coming off the first viewing.  I'm sure there would be more if I sat down to watch it again which I won't.  This is one of the biggest problems with Hollywood.  They don't spend the time to get most of the scripts ready.  I'm not saying that it has to be perfect but you can't have it both ways where you deliver something that's undercooked and expect the public to eat it up.  Oh, wait, they do that all the time and pictures like this make money which reinforces the studio suits that this is acceptable.  It's been out for 47 days (at the time I wrote this) and it's made over $300M worldwide.  I'm sure there'll be a sequel.  I won't see it.  This is a B-picture that somehow escaped and fooled people into thinking it's an A and that it deserves to be taken seriously. 

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