A QUIET PLACE PART II – A Review by John Strange
In 2018, A Quiet Place, from writers Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, and John Krasinski posited an invasion from space by creatures who immediately begin brutally slaughtering anyone and everyone indiscriminately. Shortly after their arrival, our civilization had crumbled.
A Quiet Place Part II starts off replaying the day the creatures arrived. This allows those of us who did not see the first film to understand the story.
Once we are level-set, so to speak, the action jumps forward from Day 1 to Day 474. Very few people remain of the millions who existed on Day 1. We follow the survivors of the Abbott family (Evelyn (Emily Blunt), Regan (Millicent Simmonds), Marcus (Noah Jupe), and the baby) as they try to survive each day.
The family has learned to move through their world… quietly. No shoes, only socks or bare feet. Ever mindful of their surroundings and the ground beneath their feet.
They are desperate to find other souls who have survived. This is the story of their personal mission to find those people, all the while being hunted by the creatures from outer space.
Those creatures hunt by sound. Their look is an amalgamation of so many different movie monsters, I lost count. They have few weaknesses, but Regan develops a defensive weapon, one that stuns them by turning their abilities against them, which might give humans a chance.
As with most films from this genre, the central theme buried deep in the film’s heart revolves around mankind’s determination to live. Speaking of the horror genre, it has two major (and a LOT of minor) variations. They are psychological and slasher. Psychological uses your mind to send the chills where slasher overwhelms you with blood, lots of blood. This film is primarily a psychological thriller/horror film. And it’s a pretty good example, a 4.5-stars effort.
Director: John Krasinski
Cast: Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Djimon Hounsou
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for terror, violence, and bloody/disturbing images)
Selig Rating: 4.5 Stars
Runtime: 97 Min.
Movie Site: A QUIET PLACE PART II Official Site
Trailer: A QUIET PLACE PART II Trailer
Theatrical Release: In Theatres, Dolby Cinema and Imax on May 28, 2021
The Selig Rating Scale:
5 Stars – Excellent movie, well worth the price.
4 Stars – Good movie
3 Stars – OK movie
2 Stars – No need to rush. Save it for a rainy day.
1 Star – Good that I saw it on the big screen but wish I hadn’t paid for it.