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Expect to be mesmerised: Rashid Irani reviews A Quiet Place

A winning idea - a family forced to live in total silence, to avoid monsters drawn by sound - and stunning execution make this a truly terrifying film.

movie reviews Updated: Apr 05, 2018 16:45 IST
Rashid Irani
Rashid Irani
Hindustan Times
Rashid Irani,A Quiet Place,John Krasinski
John Krasinski and Emily Blunt are masterful as the couple trapped on a deserted farmstead with their two children, forced to live in silence.
A QUIET PLACE
  • Direction: John Krasinski
  • Actors: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski
  • Rating: 4.5 / 5

A genuinely shuddersome horror-thriller, A Quiet Place establishes actor-turned-director John Krasinski as one of the leading new exponents of the genre.

To begin with, the concept is a winner. And Krasinski, who also co-wrote the screenplay, sustains a sense of foreboding right through.

He and real-life wife Emily Blunt play the parents of two at an eerily deserted farmstead. The family is always barefoot and communicates only in sign language. You wonder why, and gradually discover it’s a ruse to evade monstrous creatures drawn to their prey by sound.

The film’s acoustic design, augmented by the spare use of music, is chillingly effective. The nerve shredding suspense-over-jump scares approach is striking too.

The film’s acoustic design, augmented by the spare use of music, is chillingly effective. The nerve shredding suspense-over-jump scares approach is striking too.

The entire cast is convincing, with the young Millicent Simmonds a standout as the hearing-impaired daughter still haunted by the death of her younger brother.

For sheer cinematic ingenuity, A Quiet Place merits comparison with Alfred Hitchcock, who would probably have enjoyed this deeply disturbing film.

First Published: Apr 05, 2018 16:45 IST