Over the course of this long Winter/Spring, I have had time to catch up on a couple of films I have wanted to see for a while, namely Sicario and 13Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Behghazi. In the former, Emily Blunt stars as a soldier in over her head between shady government agents and the Mexican drug cartels. In the latter, John Krasinski plays a family man who is called back in to active duty to protect a secret government facility in Libya in the days after Gadaffi was captured and killed.
Blunt is no stranger to action movies. She has starred alongside Tom Cruise, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin in Edge of Tomorrow, The Adjustment Bureau and Sicario, respectively. Blunt took the lead in The Girl on the Train alongside Justin Theroux (The Leftovers), before taking on fantasy roles in The Huntman: Winter’s War and In to the Woods, where she stars alongside Meryl Streep who she worked with on The Devil Wears Prada.
Fans of The US Office will be familiar with John Krasinski for playing the loveable Jim Halpert, but since then Krasinski has been making a name for himself in more serious films including Nobody Walks, Something Borrowed and Promised Land which Krasinski co-wrote and produced back in 2012.
Here, married couple Krasinski and Blunt, work alongside one another for the first time in this dark sci-fi horror tale where Scott’s Aliens meets Shyamalan’s Signs.
In A Quiet Place, Lee (Krasinski) and Evelyn Abbott (Blunt) and their children live in a world that has been invaded by aliens – aliens that have no eyes, and only respond to sound. The family survive in a cabin in the woods, barefoot and scavenging for supplies.
In his interview on The Graham Norton Show, Krasinski states that he wrote A Quiet Place as a love story to his (and Blunt’s) own children. It is a pretty strange love story. But, at its core it is a story of a family’s fight for survival in the face of personal loss.
In this eerily quiet story, Krasinski creates tension by giving us a character who cannot hear sounds, the first portion of the film uses sign language over dialogue; Millicent Simmonds plays Regan Abbott, Lee and Evelyn’s daughter, who is deaf and wears a cochlear implant. Some of the best scenes in A Quiet Place are when we witness what is going on through Regan’s eyes and ears. Simmonds could be described as this generation’s Haley Joel Osment of the Sixth Sense fame.
It is strange to see so many horror films as we head in to the brighter Spring season; Unsane and The New Mutants are two others released around this time, but A Quiet Place is one you won’t want to miss.
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