It’s not often that you get an original sci-fi concept as just about everything has been done at least once before. Sure, A Quiet Place borrows it’s ideas from films like Day of the Triffid’s but I cannot remember a film where so little sound has led to such suspenseful situations.
The whole plot is the heart of the film so all I will say is that there is a family trying to survive by being quiet (or else there is trouble….). The good thing is that the “rules of survival” are established within the first 10 minutes or so and from then on you just ‘get’ why the family take the actions that they do. That is good film making.
All acting is good with some great work by the kids and you really do feel sorry for the whole family as they try and live in a “if it can go wrong, it will go wrong” scenario. The suspense just racks up through the whole film and you feel really nervous as every action has a consequence. Talk about living on tenterhooks.
There are some discrepancies here and there and you can’t help but wonder how “we” would have let this scenario happen, however, you can forgive most of those as in general it makes sense and you aren’t that bothered as you are too busy being carried away. I was tempted to go for a 9 but one thing that I was disappointed with was the run time, a meagre 90 minutes (with probably only 80 minutes of actual film). It just felt very short and finished way sooner than I expected. I think a bit more thought could have given us more back story and built up the “Quiet” world a bit more (perhaps there will be an extended version, lets hope so).
When we finished watching the film at the cinema the older couple sitting next to me looked at me and said “now that wasn’t what I was expecting”……….I wonder why?
Verdict: A neat and original, sci-fi survival film that benefits from being seen in total darkness and silence.