A Quiet Place (PG13)
Starring Emily Blunt, John Krasinki, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds
Directed by John Krasinki
Silence is golden, so the saying goes. And in this lean and intense Michael Bay-produced supernatural thriller, it’s the golden rule to surviving a global cataclysm (look out for a reference to Singapore).
The Office's John Krasinki (also the director and co-writer) and wife Emily Blunt play a couple who must protect their two children (Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds) from hyper-sound-sensitive predators (these vicious abominations, created by Industrial Light & Magic, look like they flew out of the Cloverfield universe) not of this world.
Their sanctuary is an isolated farm where the family walk around barefoot (their no-shoes policy sets up one of the movie’s most squeamish moments), and talk to one another using sign language (one of the kids is deaf) and in hushed whispers.
How they navigate their lives in silence is likened to playing the wire loop game — the slightest misstep will set off alarm bells. You can scream, but the characters can't. Krasinki’s first genre picture as director (his two earlier movies were indie dramas) works not only as a terrifying creature-feature, but as an evocative metaphor for the perils of parenting. (***1/2)