When we heard that Jim from “The Office”, a comedy actor on a sitcom, was going to write and direct a sci-fi horror movie, people were pretty tired. But after the first previews dropped and audiences saw the concept for the film on display for just a few minutes, the tide quickly turned.
And after the film’s release, the world generally agreed that “A Quiet Place” – the story of a family in a post-apocalyptic world forced to live in silence while hiding from aliens with ultra-sensitive hearing – was one of the best movies of 2018.
With follow-up in the works shortly after the initial release, the sequel began filming in 2019 and was slated for release in March 2020. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it has been pushed back until 2021, which has not happened. only arouses curiosity and suspense. find out if a second film in the series might work.
Fortunately, “A Quiet Place Part II” was worth the wait. John Krasinski returns as director and sole writer, delivering a fantastic continuation of the series that equates to the first film in every way while continuing to build and expand the world it is set in.
Immediately picking up where the first film left off, the Abbott family discovered that aliens are vulnerable to high-frequency audio feedback. Faced with the terrors of the outside world following tragic events at home, they continue their fight for survival in silence.
After the death of husband and father Lee (played by Krasinski), mother Evelyn (Emily Blunt), deaf daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds), son Marcus (Noah Jupe) and a newborn baby leave their closes and heads for a fire beacon on top of a hill a few dozen kilometers away.
They quickly stumble upon Emmett (Cillian Murphy), a former friend of Lee, and convince him to help them find other survivors. Forced to venture into the unknown, they soon realize that creatures that hunt by sound aren’t the only threats lurking beyond their silent path.
Even if the premise doesn’t sound very appealing, this movie is worth a visit for local readers as most of the production was shot in western New York. Eagle-eyed viewers will recognize scenes set in Akron, Dunkirk, Lackawanna, North Tonawanda and the Port of Barcelona on Lake Erie. One of the most beautifully shot scenes takes place amid dozens of abandoned vehicles on the South Grand Island Bridge, one of the area’s most recognizable sights.
As a premise based on the importance of sound, or the lack of it, the sound design of the film is once again phenomenal. Having the sounds of nature like wind or birds just enough noticeable in an otherwise silent scene provides that little bit of comfort before someone bumps into something or knocks something over and that explosion of sound feels like a death sentence.
On the other hand, the real protagonist of this part of the story is Regan, once again perfectly portrayed by Simmonds. Because she’s deaf in film and in real life, her performance is almost entirely visual, whether it’s with sign language or just the emotion on her face. While all of the actors here are great, especially Blunt and Murphy, it’s Simmonds who is establishing himself as a star again.
As a horror and thriller film, all credit goes to Krasinski whose vision and experience keep improving. Everything from letting a scene unfold in a longer take to the intersection of two or three different scenes unfolding simultaneously helps build tension on many levels. There aren’t as many horrible or violent or dread moments as your typical horror movie, but that tension of not knowing what’s going to happen is the scariest thing of all.
In a quick hour and a half, “A Quiet Place Part II” wastes no time recounting this chapter of the ongoing story while preparing for the inevitable third installment. It does everything the first movie did right and expands to a bigger, more spooky world. If the next one is as good as these two, I can’t wait to see the new thrills and awesome cinema that Krasinski has in store.