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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that A Quiet Place is a horror movie about a family that avoids deadly monsters by staying quiet and communicating via American Sign Language. The family survives through teamwork and bravery, even when they're scared or unsure. Expect monster violence, including blood spurts and puddles (a character steps on a nail and leaves bloody footprints), as well as guns and shooting. Children, including a baby, are in peril, and one child is swept away and killed (offscreen) by a monster. A mangled corpse is briefly shown, and characters commit suicide by shouting. There's also some arguing and a few jump scares. A pregnant woman goes into labor and gives birth (offscreen). This is a clever, gripping, satisfying horror movie that should appeal not just to horror hounds but to casual viewers as well. John Krasinski (who also directed and co-wrote) and Emily Blunt co-star.
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What's the story?
In A QUIET PLACE, the world has been invaded by monsters that are attracted to sound and attack anything that makes noise. The Abbott family has managed to survive by staying very quiet; this is partly thanks to eldest daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds), who's deaf; the family already knows how to speak American Sign Language. Practical father Lee (John Krasinski) and mother Evelyn (Emily Blunt) have built a stronghold filled with stored food, surveillance cameras, warning lights, and even a Monopoly game with soft, silent playing pieces. But Regan blames herself for an earlier family tragedy, and son Marcus (Noah Jupe) is deathly afraid to go out and risk facing the monsters. Things get more difficult when the pregnant Evelyn must deliver her baby in silence. Her situation is further complicated when the baby is ready to come, and she finds herself alone, with the monsters circling...
Is it any good?
This gripping, clever monster movie is one of those rare genre treats that seizes on a simple, unique idea and executes it so perfectly and concisely that it elicits satisfying squeals of delight. It's directed and co-written by Krasinski, who's best known for his work in comedy but translates his experience in that genre to the expert building and releasing of tension here. A Quiet Place is, in many ways, like an extended classic horror movie sequence, such as famous ones in The Birds or Aliens, wherein the heroes must try not to disturb packs of resting monsters.
At the same time, Krasinski uses his quiet moments like music, ranging from moments of restful beauty -- including a father-son trip to a waterfall, where it's noisy enough that they can talk and even shout -- to moments of pause. A loud noise can cause a jump, but it's immediately followed by tension and dread: Will the creatures come this time? The real beauty is the movie's primal quality, based on the most basic elements of life, such as survival and protection of the species. No explanation is given for the monsters' existence; they, like us, are just here. Images of water, sand, bare feet, crops, and plant life serve to underline the theme of life itself. A few overly familiar horror movie clichés keep it from being perfect, but otherwise A Quiet Place is so good that it will leave viewers speechless.
Talk to your kids about ...
Is the movie scary? What's the appeal of horror/monster movies? Why is it sometimes fun to be scared?
Do you think it would be hard to stay quiet for long periods? How long have you gone without making a sound?
How does the deaf character come across? Is she strong? Admirable? Does the movie make you interested in learning more about American Sign Language?
- In theaters: April 6, 2018
- On DVD or streaming: July 9, 2018
- Cast: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds
- Director: John Krasinski
- Studio: Paramount Pictures
- Genre: Horror
- Topics: Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Run time: 90 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: terror and some bloody images
- Last updated: February 10, 2020
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