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A Quiet Place Operates in Total Silence

John Krasinski and Emily Blunt in A Quiet Place.

Imagine a world where sound is the Enemy.  Where loud noises lead to immediate death.  Knowing that if They hear you, They will Kill you.  Where survival breeds in utter silence.  This is the reality of the Abbott family. They are the main characters in the new horror movie “A Quiet Place” starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt.

The year is 2020.  Over the past three months most of the Earth’s human population has been wiped out by stealth, sightless creatures with hypersensitive hearing known as “Death Angels.”  Boasting considerable size, speed and a seemingly impenetrable armored exterior, they use their auditory perceptiveness to locate and attack anything that makes noise.  They are vicious killing machines that do not stop till their prey has been consumed.

The Abbott family consists of husband Lee (Krasinski), wife Evelyn (Blunt), congenitally deaf daughter Regan and sons Marcus and Beau.  The family is in full survival mode scavenging for supplies in a deserted town, operating in total silence.  They only communicate in low whispers and sign language.  When young Beau accidentally powers on his loud space shuttle toy, the family dynamic will be changed forever.

Ripped by guilt and grief the surviving family of four have continued to make a living in a picturesque but paranoid routine at a nearby farm a year after Beau’s death.  The family is shattered.  Regan is still in the guilt-ridden throws of her little brother’s death.  Marcus lives in constant fear of the “Death Angels.”  Evelyn is in the last stages of her pregnancy and is struggling with protecting her remaining children from the sightless creatures.  “Who are we if we can’t protect them?  We have to protect them.”

Lee tries to hold the family together by instituting an elaborate survival strategy adhered to by the entire family. He spends his days trying to contact the outside world and cure Regan’s hearing by trying to fix her cochlear implant.  The implant does not cure Regan’s hearing, it just pulsates a high pitch scream that seems to affect the “Death Angels.” Lee has figured out that his family will be safe from the creatures so long as louder sounds mask their audible movements.  He proves this to Marcus by screaming under a waterfall while the two are fishing.

As the two return back to the farm, Evelyn has given birth and the crying child has attracted the creatures who begin to descend upon the farm.  Rushing to his wife’s aid, he instructs Marcus to light off fireworks to draw the creatures away from the house.  This seems to work initially, however, it only attracts more “Death Angels” to the barn.  Panicked and seemingly out of options Lee and his children rush back to the house to confront the ever-growing number of creatures. The final battle between the Abbott’s and “Death Angels” will be one of valor and sacrifice.  A Father’s promise to protect his family is all the Abbott’s have between salvation or death.  Either way this battle will change life as they know it forever.

I am a huge Horror movie fan.  I love the chills and thrills that are the integral part of every horror movie ever made.  Ever since I sat frozen on the couch with my brother Mark watching “The Exorcist” at 11 years old I have loved the Horror genre.  “A Quiet Place” is a very different Horror/Thriller movie.  I mean there is literally no dialogue to “speak” of…..pun intended.  It frightens with the unseen and quick action that makes the viewer jump around every corner.  The cinematography is masterful. The camera draws you in from the opening scene and puts you in the unbelievable predicament of the Abbott family.  You find yourself fantasizing about what you would do given similar apocalyptic circumstances and how you would react to the unknown.

I highly recommend this film to any Horror enthusiasts.  “A Quiet Place” will not disappoint.  I give it a solid 3 out of 4 stars.

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