A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place ★★★★★

A Quiet Place represents one of the most ingeniously crafted and confidently directed genre filmmaking debuts since The Babadook, It Follows, The Witch, and Get Out. Where do I even begin with this one? The sound design is absolute perfection, some of the best I've heard in a horror film, right up there with Don't Breathe. The storytelling is incredible, not only making phenomenal use of its high-concept premise but also executing it in such a clever and unique way. John Krasinski's direction is outstanding, oozing everlasting atmosphere and non-stop tension and dread out of every single frame. The character development is masterful, with the film's portrayal of a family struggling to survive being handled in such a remarkably authentic way that it helps make us care about them, which in turn ratchets up the suspense because we're invested in them so much and we don't want anything awful to happen to them. The performances are superb throughout, especially from Emily Blunt and Millicent Simmonds, the latter proving herself once again to be one of the best new talents we have in the industry. Charlotte Bruus Christensen's cinematography is gorgeous, full of stylish visual flair and yet it's also incredibly haunting and eerie, which just adds to the tension. The world-building is brilliant, relying more on visuals and sounds than on expository dialogue and they give the film so much depth without having to spoon-feed anything to the audience. Christopher Tellefsen's editing is top-notch, taking full advantage of the slow-burn pacing that pays off beautifully. The ending is one of the most satisfying conclusions to a horror film in years. The jump scares are actually very well-handled and feel earned; not since It, the Insidious and Conjuring films, and Sinister have I seen jump scares so genuinely effective and unnerving. I never thought I would ever say this about a film produced by Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes, but here it is, from the bottom of my heart: A Quiet Place is a modern horror masterpiece.

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