It’s 2020 and an unknown invasion or attack by monsters that hunt by sound has left the world desolate. The Abbotts survive by being silent, but Evelyn is pregnant and preparation to bring a new life into this world presents very specific dangers.
A Quiet Place is a perfect intense thriller. It focuses purely on the Abbott’s, only giving us enough information to understand the threat posed to them. An opening sequence brutally explains what they are up against and from that point on it is 90 minutes of pure tension.
The Abbott’s daughter, Regan is hearing impaired, something that has saved them by virtue of their knowledge of sign language. And also something that mirrors the monster, where Regan can hear nothing, the monsters can hear everything. Virtually the entire film is played out in silence and the sound design is spectacularly good at wringing out every ounce of tension.
Co-written, directed by and starring John Krasinski (best known for the U.S. version of The Office) this is an accomplished film. With a small cast featuring his real world wife Emily Blunt as Evelyn and Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds as their children, all of whom turn in fantastic performances.