I'm familiar with John Krasinski as a decent if understated lovelorn Office worker and news of his first outing as a movie director should be blared out from giant speakers, if it isn't a sci-fi thriller where one must be quiet.
A family struggles to live their lives in a world where the slightest noise out of place will bring death in the form of sound sensitive creatures.
As sci-fi horror goes, A Quiet Place does rather well. There's the reliable jumpscare or three but it generally relies on the tension related to sound or lack thereof. Admittedly, it's mostly the atmospheric music that makes most of the edge-of-your seat moments because, even with the gimmick of silence, the thrills are still successfully created by the ambiance. The film still falls for the some of the standard horror tropes (why run there?) and some lapses in movie physics (are they that fast, they stopped caring about noise in the field, what about the water?) but it can be forgiven I suppose because, horror.
The beginning, in addition to the tense unknown factors dropped on the viewer, is actually pretty artistic. The quiet and stillness lends to some beautiful and serene scenes performed with the underlying, yet undefined terror lurking about. The lighting and tone, the gorgeous rural landscape and even the quick empty town are shot quite beautifully. Along with the loss of verbal communication, it could have been another experimental film altogether. Good job.
John Krasinski stars and directs but it is Emily Blunt who gets the most difficult of scenes to perform, which she does admirably. I suppose her husband brought the best out of her. The daughter, portrayed by Millicent Simmonds gets a pivotal role as a handicap. She and her brother, fellow child actor Noah Jupe, produce adequate frightened reactions, though possibly more muted by circumstance and perhaps being deadened/hardened by the new paradigm of contact vigilance.
A Quiet Place has a lull in the middle which breaks the flow somewhat but it stoically carries on with nary a word. A gimmick horror goes, I hear no complaints. There's more then just a whisper that the director is capable of grander projects, if he is 'aloud'. And A Quiet Place is a great place to have started from.