Sommerleigh Pollonais, Horror Head Writer
Plot: Following the tragic events at home the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realise the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond the sand path.
Review: The best modern horror movies deliver not just thrills, but thought-provoking stories that leave you wanting more. The Babadook, The Witch, Hereditary are all examples of this kind of quality storytelling but those films don’t need sequels. Their stories are pretty conclusively told. What writer and director John Krasinski did with his surprise hit A Quiet Place back in 2018 was not only tell a great story but leave audiences with the kind of questions that not only needed another movie to answer, but basically demanded a sequel as those who had experienced one of the most immersive genre movies of the 21st century were left hanging (in the best ways possible).
So could it be done? Could we get a sequel that was just as good, if not better than the first film? The answer, my horror-loving friends, is a resounding yes!
I love it when a movie doesn’t waste my time and A Quiet Place II immediately wins points for picking up right where we left off. The Abbotts have lost their home after a devastating attack that left father Lee dead, and it’s up to survivors Evelyn (Emily Blunt), Regan (Millicent Simmonds), and Marcus (Noah Jupe) to find a new place to not only survive in a world overtaken by creatures whose hearing rivals that of Superman, but hopefully a place to live and raise the newest addition to their family, a baby boy.
Once again the sound editing and smart directing puts us sitting squarely on the edge of our seats. From the moment this family steps off the quiet sand-covered paths they know on to the crunch of leaves and debris of the unknown I found myself tensing up. A smart choice indeed as we the audience are right back where we started in Part 1—not knowing what to expect. It’s a great way to keep the tension building and with an atmosphere that’s always filled with dread, even in the “quiet” moments, I was never bored with what came my way.
The actors also didn’t let me down. Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada, Edge of Tomorrow) has the ability to convey so much emotion with just a look or a few whispered words. Her maternal instincts shine through in this role and made her extremely believable as a mother who has to overcome her own fears and find her inner strength to not only protect her kids, but to teach them how to protect themselves. Millicent Simmonds shined in the first film and continues to prove her abilities here as Regan, a young girl who refuses to allow her disability (deafness) to prevent her from being an asset to her family. My only concern was for the character of Marcus, played by Noah Jupe. It could’ve been so easy for this character to become a horror movie cliché. He’s the one who’s always scared, a bit of a coward who has to be protected at all times. The writers do a great job of using these flaws in ways that felt natural and realistic (we are talking about a child here) and the character growth and development was well-handled and very much appreciated by this viewer.
Cillian Murphy is no stranger to horror, his debut to the genre 28 Days Later has gone on to become one the highest regarded horror movies of all time, and one which, the more I think about it, has very similar tones to this movie. His character Emmet is a broken man, hiding out from the world and the people who have managed to survive it, and who’s forced to step back into it once the Abbotts come into his life. Murphy doesn’t have that much to do here, but what he does, he does well. Hopefully we’ll get to see more from him in the inevitable sequel.
If there’s anywhere they may have stumbled here, it may be some of this ground feels retread (if it ain’t broke right?) and, like another post-apocalyptic world found in The Walking Dead, the rest of the people here only fall into two well-worn categories: either one-note violent thieves/rapists or peace-loving folk who don’t know how to defend themselves properly. Still, Krasinski has shown he likes to play his cards close to his chest when it comes to this story, so I’m sure we’ll get more depth from these characters as we go along.
Because it’s been one mediocre film after another recently and with half the year almost gone I was really worried, but thankfully A Quiet Place II (a movie I was eagerly looking forward to) lived up, nay, SURPASSED my expectations. And with the tease of a showdown coming between humanity and whatever the hell these Demogorgon-looking creatures are, I feel confident Part III will be just as stellar. Bring it on!
Sommer’s Score: 8 out of 10
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Sommerleigh of the House Pollonais. First of Her Name. Sushi Lover, Queen of Horror Movies, Comic Books and Binge Watching Netflix. Mother of two beautiful black cats named Vader and Kylo. I think eating Popcorn at the movies should be mandatory, PS4 makes the best games ever, and I’ll be talking about movies until the zombie apocalypse comes.
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