Honest Movie Review of A Quiet Place
Overall rating: 3/5 stars
A Quiet Place is a creature horror movie that follows a family as they try to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. The creatures hunt through sound and have super sensitive hearing; thus, the new world the characters must survive in is a silent world. One of the children in the family is deaf, creating an intriguing conflict in a world where hearing equates to survival.
Let me say that I wanted to love this movie so much. I was thrilled to see it on DVD since my husband and I didn't make it to theaters to see it. I sat down, drink in hand, ready to be wowed.
And I was wowed.... by the issues with this movie and major inconsistencies.
There are amazing things about this movie. The acting was phenomenal, and the cast worked well together. I adored the concept of a movie where there was little dialogue. To watch a horror movie that had to be visually exciting and stunning was a unique concept, one I enjoyed very much. I also loved the overall concept. Putting myself in the protagonists' shoes was intriguing; would I survive in this silent world? How much would my life change?
Also, the opening scenes are exciting, scary, and well-done. The conflict is immediately expressed as well as the family dynamic. I settled in and expected an intricate plot, exciting events, and thorough explanations of this new world.
However, the movie fell short for so many reasons. Below are some of my issues with the movie. Please feel free to disagree with me in the comments or tell me what you thought! I'd love to hear from you.
1. Inconsistencies with sound
One of the biggest issues with the sound inconsistency. The creatures could hear a raccoon scuttle across the field, but they couldn't hear heavy breathing of the main character when they were right next to her. Also, in this kind of world, wouldn't everyone die unless they never sneeze? The family is super quiet in certain moments, but then show everyday living in other scenes.
In addition, the one scene shows the family by the river and waterfall, talking about how it is a safe area because the noise from the water covers their own noise. Wouldn't it be smart to set up a base/home somewhere near the river or a similarly noisy area?
2. So many questions
I am okay with a movie leaving certain aspects up to interpretation, but this movie left way, way too many unanswered questions. Where did the creatures come from? How did this family survive when few others did? Why didn't scientists find out about the weakness uncovered at the end when they had newspapers full of other information?
There were other smaller questions, too--like where all that sand came from for the trails and how the main character managed to make an entire town of sand paths with just one bag for carrying.
3. Can we please be more careful?
For being one of the few families to survive, this family was reckless in their survival methods. Children were allowed to just roam the farm aimlessly and play outside. In a world this dangerous, wouldn't there be more precautions? In one scene, a boy plays in a truck outside, the horn precariously close to his small fingers. In addition, the family never closes doors. Ever. I think that may go back to the family trying to be quiet, but couldn't you take precautions to cover doors quietly or close them very carefully? At various points, creatures just slip into the house because no one shuts doors.
4. The ending
I know a lot of people like the twist ending, but I didn't really think it was that much of a wow factor. We all figured it out earlier in the movie when the daughter had several encounters with the creatures. I also hated how the movie just stopped....there needed to be more closure.
All in all, I had way to many questions about this movie to give it a high rating. I liked the concept, but there needed to be more answers and more attention paid to some of the inconsistencies.
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