A Quiet Place Part II

A Quiet Place Part II ★★★½

If you're like me, you haven't seen A Quiet Place since it came out in theaters in 2018. If you plan on seeing A Quiet Place Part II, I would encourage you to watch the first film again before going. Why? Because the events in Part II start immediately after the events in the first movie.

A Quiet Place Part II begins with the Abbott family learning that they can kill the aliens with their daughter's hearing aid. They decide to leave their farm and trek to a nearby neighbor's location. They encounter some problems, unfortunately—the worst of which is that the son steps in a bear trap and begins screaming. One of the aliens comes around. They are able to dispatch it with a portable speaker and the hearing aid, but it's a close call. The neighbor, Emmett, is less than willing to help them. He claims that he doesn't have enough food or supplies. (He's clearly traumatized from losing his own family.) Evelyn appeals to his better nature. While Emmett agrees to help, complications quickly ensue.

A Quiet Place Part II is a good, solid horror/sci-fi film. We like this family and want them to survive. The odds seemed stacked against them, but we can't help but root for them.

The one strike against the movie is the beginning—which, paradoxically, I really liked. The movie begins before the events in A Quiet Place. Life is still normal. The father, Lee, goes into a store and then to his son's baseball game. Then we see a meteor—or something—streak overhead. Alien chaos almost immediately begins. These scenes of the aliens first landing in the town and causing havoc are thrilling, but they only take up the first ten minutes of the movie. I wanted to see more about the alien attack, how the family survived, etc. This was my favorite part of the movie, but it was also the shortest.

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