RATING: 4.5 out of 5
(Minor spoilers ahead so read only if you’ve seen the movie or wala kang pakialam sa spoilers!)
It’s still pretty early in the year but we can probably say with confidence that “A Quiet Place” will end up as one of the best films of 2018. We’ve had the horror genre ever since the advent of film itself so it’s not surprising that the genre has become repetitive. Ilang movies na ba tungkol sa mag-asawang Warren at manikang si Annabelle ang lumabas di ba? But then “A Quiet Place” comes along and offers audiences a fresh concept and a tension-filled 90 minutes without any let up. It will make you wince, it will have you scratching your armrests, and it might even make the most sensitive among us cry.
The movie is directed by comedian John Krasinski and stars himself and his wife Emily Blunt. In the film, they’re the parents to three children in a post-apocalyptic world where most of the population has been decimated by monsters who are sensitive to sound. In order to survive this new reality, they have to remain silent at all costs. Take a minute to think about that for a second and imagine just how difficult that would be. Ang hirap diba?! And we’re not even talking about the fact that you have to talk to everyone using sign language. Paano kung malakas ka maghilik pag tulog paano mo pipigilan yun? Edi patay ka na!
During the first few minutes of the film, I was a bit unsure if “A Quiet Place” can sustain the story with just subtitles for dialogue, ambient sound, and a musical score. In the last couple of years, only “The Artist” had the balls to make a silent film and for good reason. I don’t think anyone really asks for silent films in this day and age. And that’s where the genius of “A Quiet Place” lies because it’s technically a silent film but it uses silence effectively to create tension. You end up being scared of any and all sudden noise because you know it will mean the end for the protagonists.
The movie works despite the lack of dialogue because it’s well-acted all throughout. John Krasinski is mostly known as a comedian especially for fans of “The Office” but he plays the role of the father who’s out to protect his family in a post-apocalyptic world so effectively. Kung magkaron ng apocalypse, medyo confident akong kaya akong protektahan ni John Krasinski at hindi ko alam kung dahil yan sa ganda ng tubo ng balbas niya. Despite his rugged exterior in this film, he still seems like an all-around good guy.
Emily Blunt also delivers a great performance in this movie and she’s probably the one who had to do the most heavy lifting in terms of acting in this film. But it’s really the children, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe, who shine in this film. Simmonds who happens to be deaf in real-life, has a quiet intensity about her and the look of fear in Jupe’s face is quite contagious. They actually remind me of the kids in the first “Jurassic Park” movie who were instrumental in making audiences fear carnivores.
But if I have any criticisms of the movie that prevents it from being a perfect in my book, it’s that I wish it was just a little bit scarier. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a pretty decent horror movie. But it’s more tension-filled than scary really. It also might have been nice if we knew more about the origins of these monsters. But then again, maybe it serves the movie better that we know less about them which makes them more mysterious. I’m not really sure where I stand on this to be honest but I’m sure most viewers will have a preference that might affect their judgment of the movie.
Though they don’t necessarily take away from the film, “A Quiet Place” has a few plot holes that I found funny. For example, kung pwede silang mag salita pag may katabi silang source of loud sounds like a river or waterfalls, bakit di na lang sila tumira malapit dun? Kung meron silang sound-proof na basement na hinahanda nila pag lumabas na yung baby, bakit di na lang sila dun tumira to begin with? At higit sa lahat bakit nila naisip na magandang idea magka-baby sa mundo na bawal mag-ingay?! Wala bang condom sa post-apocalyptic world na yan?! Bilang bagong tatay, masasabi ko na kung kami ng anak ko yung andyan, sigurado pinapak na kami ng halimaw at hindi kami mapagtatanggol ng galit galit kong facial hair.
The best movies for me are those that make you feel a plethora of emotions. For a horror movie, you expect to feel fear. That’s the basic requirement for me to be satisfied. But it’s even better when it makes you excited, emotional, and contemplative. For me, that’s what makes a movie like “A Quiet Place” a cut above the rest.
A Quiet Place is now showing in cinemas.