A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place ★★★★

A Quiet Place is a serious nerve-shredder of a film that utilises its ingenious central concept to perfection, never once descending into the realm of either the ridiculous or the mundane, instead teetering delicately on the edge of chaos and carnage and forcing the audience to do so with it. Krasinski has crafted an experience that is all but relentless, yet one where the terror comes not from the creatures themselves - they're simply an instrument - but from the threat to the fragile domesticity of the family that sits at the heart of the drama. The dread is palpable, never letting up, and there's an acute sense at all times that the characters are in genuine danger and that anyone, at any minute, could be savagely torn to pieces by whatever it is that lurks in the silence, waiting for them to breathe too loudly, and it is this unpredictability that makes the film so acutely thrilling.

Praise too must go to Blunt, Krasinski, Simmonds and Jupe, all of whom excel here and draw the audience into the fractured dynamic of their nuclear family. Simmonds, who is deaf in real-life (extra kudos to the film for hiring a deaf person to play a deaf character), is a particular highlight, and is more than capable of holding her own in the presence of Blunt and Krasinski, though it is the work of the whole ensemble that makes this family so easy to empathise with and fear for.

The phrase "edge of your seat" was made for films like this. It's a riot.

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