Don't Let Them Hear You

Updated: Mar 9, 2019

- By Emma Gomes, Staff Writer -

If you were forced to stay quiet for the rest of your life, could you do it?

I’m not a fan of sci-fi thrillers, but A Quiet Place, directed by John Krasinski, definitely earns my approval. The film concerns the Abbott family, who is forced to live in complete silence to avoid being killed by predators who are hungry for human flesh. They communicate largely through sign language, so audiences are forced to assimilate into a silent atmosphere. While sitting in the theatre, every noise felt like a potential threat alongside the family.

What makes this film truly brilliant is that words aren’t needed to convey fear or build suspense; the need for silence is what’s truly terrifying about it. Even the slightest noise could result in death, so the stress factor is extremely high. Many horror films aim solely to scare their audiences, but A Quiet Place actually tells a story. Yes, you will be scared, but you will also be captivated by the storyline. For me, this is what differentiates a successful horror film from the plethora of bad ones. A Quiet Place is both creative and original, and the climax of the story is ingenious.

If you’re wondering whether A Quiet Place is worth the watch, it is. Plus, it stars Emily Blunt, Krasinski’s wife in real life, and they have serious chemistry on screen. A Quiet Place is more than a few jump scares; it is a well crafted survival story.

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