By Jordan Brown, Section Editor
“A Quiet Place” debuted in theaters in early April, and it’s already being hailed, by critics and multiple celebrities as one of the best horror films ever made.
The film, directed by The Office’s John Krasinski, tells the tale of a family of five who has to live as quietly as possible due to an invasion of aliens called Death Angels who hunt only by sound.
The cast was perfectly balanced with veterans like Krasinski and Emily Blunt (“The Devil Wears Prada,” “Mary Poppins”) and newcomers like Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe. Krasinski and Blunt are married and parents in real life, which makes their on screen chemistry just as real and palpable as it is off screen.
Blunt brings a stunning combination of motherly love and badassery that I haven’t ever seen on the big screen and should be talked about more. Krasinski breaks the mold of “Jim Halpert” by beautifully portraying a father who will do anything and everything to protect his family from the monsters that have destroyed their lives.
Jupe plays his character incredibly, despite having only been in a few major projects before this one. Jupe finds a way both to fit in with the rest of the powerhouse cast and to shine on his own.
Simmonds brings something to this film that is rarely seen on the big screen: a deaf character. Simmonds, deaf in real life, uses her affliction to channel it into her character and puts the film on a completely different level that’s higher than 90 percent of current horror films.
Unlike majority of today’s horror films, “A Quiet Place” has very little dialogue. The absence of dialogue forces the cast to use alternative methods like facial expressions and heavy use of American Sign Language to portray emotions and build suspense.
Since making sound is a deadly thing in that world, Krasinski cleverly uses it as a way to make you jump out of your seat and hold your breath at the same time. It also successfully infuses sci-fi concepts like alien invasions in the future with surefire horror concepts like narrowly avoiding death, which is very hard to do.
When I heard that a horror film would be directed by a guy who’s known for playing in rom-coms and a satirical comedy show, I had my doubts. Those doubts went away after watching for about 10 minutes. The level of acting that comes from the cast, especially Simmonds and Blunt, and the concept in itself makes this movie very unique and wickedly terrifying to experience in a pitch black theater where no one wants to make a sound.