You make a sound and you die! That was the one-line premise of the 2018 sleeper hit – A Quiet Place. Starring real-life husband-wife pair John Krasinski (also the director) and Emily Blunt in the lead roles, the film managed to capture our immediate attention with its gripping narrative about a world where four-legged monsters will shred you to pieces if you make the faintest of sound.
While A Quiet Place ended on a cliffhanger with Evelyn (Emily Blunt) now heading the Abbot family after losing her husband Lee (John Krasinski) in what was a sacrifice made to save his family from certain death, the second part focuses on their kids Regan (Millicent Simmonds) and Marcus (Noah Jupe) who get to lead most of the action. There is also a fellow survivor (Cillian Murphy) who gives refuge to Evelyn and her kids. Mind you, this time around the family has a new source of sound-producing threat – an infant whose howls and cries are tough to mute.
The film does a bit of time travel, tracing the point when the creatures reached the planet and their exact moment of wrecking mindless rampage to the family trying their best to stay alive as they navigate through rough terrain. Krasinki wastes no time and cuts to the chase with the monsters making their first appearance minutes into the film’s opening. Perhaps aware of why the audience has bought this ticket, he is totally unapologetic about his monster obsession in this follow-up.
The kids in the film have more to do than you would think. Maybe the success of the cult classic Stranger Things, which again has a bunch of kids battling creatures from a parallel universe had something to do with the scale of VFX and special effects in A Quiet Place 2. The cat-and-mouse chase between the creatures and the family is the main focus of the film. Unlike the predecessor, this one has the family cover massive grounds as they find ways to combat the alien invasion.
The acting is top-notch. Blunt lets her facial expressions and her eyes do most of the talking. Since the scope for dialogue is limited, the cast goes all out to ensure they make their characters believable and invoke empathy.
On the flip side, the idea of adding more survivors and parallel stories to an already tense narrative takes the focus away from the main action. Sound effects, background score and cinematography are as important in A Quiet Place 2 as its lead cast. Full marks to Krasinski for going all out in paying attention to minor details. Simmonds gets extra points for making Regan utterly relatable, and you will be rooting for her each time she makes a dash to escape the monsters.
A Quiet Place 2 is a solid follow-up to its first part and will give you enough bang for your buck.
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