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A Quiet Place (2018)

Be ready to be at the edge of your seat. I was not prepared for how bloody anxious this film makes you feel. 

The second film directed by John Krasinski, this motion picture takes you on a frightening adventure that is not for the faint-hearted. It is day 89 of living in a almost apocalyptic world that almost resembles that of I am Legend, and the Abbot family are doing all that they can to survive. Communicating using sign language, they navigate through the town, picking up the supplies they need. Unsure of what you are about to see and why the family have to keep quiet, you are sitting at the edge of your chair in anticipation of what is about to happen. 

I'm going to try and not give any plot spoilers, but all I'm going to say (as made clear by the trailer), on the way back from the town trip a very very anxious scene occurs. It then forwards to day 472 and the family are seen in their house, still carefully tip-toeing around making sure not to make a sound. Evelyn Abbot (Emily Blunt) the matriarch of the family is pregnant, and you are sitting waiting for the inevitable birth - thinking oh god, what is going to happen when she goes into labour?

A few close calls with the creatures occur, each moment tense and making you want to scream at the characters to run. There are also some very gory parts that make you wince at the screen. As the days pass and more and more creatures seem to appear, you are left not knowing how long they have left. 

[Side note: A part of the film which annoyed me was when their oldest child Regan starts to show pre-teen angst  (I mean who goes for a walk on their own in this town?!) and made me in a way want for the creatures to get her - that is my only rant about this film.]

The acting throughout the film is absolutely brilliant, with John Krasinski (Lee Abbott) giving a stand out performance that is very different to his usual comical self. The children in the film, Millicent Simmonds (Regan Abbot) and Noah Jupe (Marcus Abbot) also give fantastic performances. Emily Blunt as always is amazing, although I have seen her play similar roles in films such as The Girl on the Train. 

Overall the concept of this film is fascinating. It was so different to other horror films that have come out recently and it was executed brilliantly at the hands of Krasinski. I would happily watch this film again and have already begun to recommend it to people. Well done John, and to the whole cast for their outstanding performances. 

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— AW