A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place ★★★★½

We are too used to going to the movie theater and having to endure people in the audience either talking, using their smartphones, or eating loudly their over-priced popcorns. A testament to how effective A Quiet Place was is that, from beginning to end, nobody in the theater I was in made a noise (except for one guy who fell asleep halfway through, which lightened the mood for everybody). Since the creatures are fast and very sensitive to even the lightest of noises, the family in the film barely utters a word, using ASL (American Sign Language) to communicate (one of the kids, Millicent Simmonds, is actually deaf in real life). The sound design is fantastic, as it should in such a film, and there are so many quiet moments that even the slightest noise sounds like an explosion.

Overall, A Quiet Place is one of the best creature-features and thrillers to be released in quite some time: excellent pacing and sound design, solid direction, smart storytelling, and committed performances make this one of the best films of the year, and among the finest thrillers of the past two years.

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Story: 8
Directing: 8.5
Cinematography: 8.5
Acting: 8.5
Sound: 9.5
Visual Effects: 8

ENJOYMENT: 10
BORINGNESS: 0

PARENTAL GUIDANCE
Violence & Gore: 7
Sex & Nudity: 3
Drugs & Profanity: 2
Intensity & Horror: 7.5

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