Survival through keeping mum

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SILENCE: Emily Blunt plays Evelyn, a wife and mother trying to survive in a soundless world.

A Quiet Place

  • Horror; Cert M, contains violence, horror scenes and content that may disturb; 1hr 30mins
  • Starring: John Kasinski, Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds and Cade Woodward
  • Director: John Krasinski

BACKGROUND sound takes a starring role in this film starring and directed by John Krasinski.

Barely recognisable from his best-know role as Jim from The Office, Krasinski is Lee, the rugged and beardy father of a family preyed on by otherworldly predators.

Set in the near future, in which Earth has been overrun by blind creatures that hunt by sound, the family have learned to survive by being very quiet.

Apart from being interesting due to the way the story has been layered in through use of sign language, whispers and visual cues such as newsclippings and, of course, background sound, this is fairly tame horror.

The quietness of the film does much to add to the suspense and give the jump frights more impact. Tension is orchestrated through a soundtrack by horror maestro Marco Beltrami.

CHILD ACTORS: Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe keep quiet as they are hunted by monsters.

There was some speculation that this could be the next sleeper episode in J J Abrams’ Cloverfield series, and it does have that sort of feel about it.

The monsters have a similar look about them to the dungeon dimension invaders from those films and I found myself looking for Cloverfield links even though I knew the film had no connection to Abram’s Bad Robot productions. You can just never be sure with Abrams.

Emily Blunt does superb work opposite her real-life husband as the heavily pregnant mother of three. But the real hero of the film is 15-year-old deaf actress Millicent Simmonds, who plays the couple’s oldest child, Regan.

Regan has a cochlear ear implant, which her father has been trying to fix and her profound deafness can be thanked for the family being able to communicate through sign language.

8/10

diane.mccarthy@whakatanebeacon.co.nz

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