New film worth the hype

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A new movie receiving a lot of hype and attention lately is “A Quiet Place” directed by John Krasinski, who is popularly known as Jim from “The Office.”

“A Quiet Place” stars John Krasinski and Emily Blunt as parents living in a futuristic society where it has become dangerous to speak or make loud noises due to blind, strong-at-hearing, man-eating monsters who will flock to wherever noise may hint at prey.

In the film, audiences see how Krasinski and Blunt’s characters live day to day with their young children while balancing on the edge of death.

The film, like the title suggests, is a very quiet one. The characters spoke mostly using sign language or didn’t talk at all for most of the movie, aside from some moments of quiet speaking or shouts.

Some audiences will find themselves trying to be as quiet as possible for fear of missing something or making too much noise. In a way, it gives you a taste of the edge the characters are balancing on.

It is a tense and chilling story. There is no explanation of where the monsters came from, what they are exactly, or how many are out there. All we know is that at the slightest noise, they’ll come running to kill any living thing they can reach. If these things were real, very bad things would ensue.

The film starts in the year 2020 and skips about a year or more in advance. It brings the question of if the people in the movie were warned ahead of time of the monsters and their strong hearing, could they have built hearing-proof structures or prepared weapons or some type of repelling forces?

Since there weren’t many characters and they didn’t have means of killing or avoiding the creatures aside from shotguns and living life as quietly as possible, it is suggested that the world in the movie was probably not warned of the invasion.

But it’s still an interesting question to ponder whether humans would be able to fight these creatures more effectively if warned ahead of time.

“A Quiet Place” also shows interesting family relationships and themes of sacrifice and love. It shows characters with fierce love and protectiveness, as well as having strength in the most terrifying of times.

Another aspect of the movie I loved was that the daughter of Krasinski and Blunt’s characters was played by a deaf actress. You don’t see many deaf actors and actresses in films these days, so it was really cool to see the diversity and the family interacting in sign language.

It inspired feelings to learn sign language and reminded of the importance of it.

“A Quiet Place” is pretty much worth the hype. It was an enjoyable movie that keeps people tense, but not nearly as tense as the characters must have felt. It was a thrilling and thought-provoking film on survival, family and sacrifice. If you have the chance, definitely consider watching it.

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)