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REVIEW: ‘A Quiet Place’ lives up to hype

By Danielle Boxill

“A Quiet Place” is no stranger to the public. It has been getting good reviews and has a 95 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes and 8.1/10 rating on IMDB.

Considering that the director for this film (John Krasinski) played Jim from “The Office” and then churned out this suspense/drama movie is amazing. By now, most of you reading this have probably already seen it, but for those of you that are still skeptical or thinking that horror movies are not your thing, hopefully this review helps!

Going to watch the film, I was very skeptical. Horror is not my thing, and I had heard that there is no dialogue in the movie so you are always on the edge of your seat in suspense.

To be honest, I would hardly classify this as a horror movie. It was more like a suspense-thriller. The only viewers that might see this as a horror movie are ten, maybe twelve-year olds. This, however, is not to diminish the scary or suspenseful parts, which were well done.

From a technical aspect, the movie was very well shot. I liked the build-up of the plot (although it seemed to be bordering on boredom in the first few scenes), and the characters are well developed. As there is no dialogue, the characters use sign language. The audience is forced to read subtitles and facial expressions to know what the characters are communicating. It is amazing how that simple thing forces the audience to be more engaged and focused on the relationship in the family and what is going on with them. It brings you into the film on a more personal level, as there is also not much background score except when the aliens arrive on the scene. The sound design is genius — simple, everyday sounds are amplified.

If you haven’t been swayed by the eye-catching trailer and the “rave” reviews, I would say this film is worthwhile. It can be thoroughly enjoyed  by horror lovers and “scaredy cats” (like me!). It was not just an edge-of-your-seat-film, but a film with a powerful message of the importance of family and looking out for one another. It developed the grit, love and strong will of the characters in such a beautiful way and ended with such a powerful ending. It is definitely worth a watch and is not just a hyped-up film.

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