Within the Sound of Silence

In 2018, John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place 2 was a small “hidden gem” that went under the radar for most and became a big reward for its endeavour. The movie, which star (and was directed by) John Krasinski and his wife/actress Emily Blunt, centres around a family that struggles to survive and raise their children in a post-apocalyptic world inhabit by savage, blind monsters with an acute sense of hearing. Surprisingly, A Quiet Place received both positive and critical praise from critics and moviegoers. Garnishing crucial praise for its suspense, story, sound editing/mixing, and focus characters, and raking in over $340 million at the box office against its modest production budget.

The Story

Picking up immediately after the events of the first movie, the remaining members of the Abbott family, including Evelyn (Emily Blunt), Regan (Millicent Simmonds), and Marcus (Noah Jupe), prepare to leave the destroyed farm domicile. They are seeking shelter nearby from the sound-sensitive creatures that stalk the lands. Making their way into a steel refinery, Marcus is wound, causing a scene that attracts some of the vicious creatures nearby.

But it attracts the attention of Emmett (Cillian Murphy), a former friend who’s lost everything to the invaders and has become a very fragmented and troubled individual. Understanding a coded radio signal and with knowledge of weaponizing sound to weaken the creatures, Regan decides to seek refuge on an island, heading into the wild on her own.

The Story

The Good / The Bad

I wasn’t expecting to like 2018’s A Quiet Place. From the trailer previews and marketing campaign that the movie was presenting, it looked like (to me at least) your stereotypical suspense horror movie, which is almost like a “dime a dozen” in this day and age of theatrical feature films. So, while I was intrige by the film’s premise, I went into A Quiet Place with a bit of scepticism. However, I was completely wrong after watching it during its opening weekend. I loved it. As mentioned above, I felt that the movie was quite the “hidden gem” of 2018 as I didn’t expect it to remain as good as it was, giving a lasting impression on me and many others. I liked how the movie is (more or less) focused on the characters (i.e., the Abbott family) and the struggle to survive rather than the expansive narrative of the post-apocalyptic setting.

John Krasinski

A Quiet Place Part II is a sequel and prequel to A Quiet Place. It begins on day one, allowing Krasinski’s Lee Abbott to return to the big screen for a stellar opening sequence. Krasinski, who also wrote the screenplay, is commend for his excellent directing style, reminiscent of Spielberg and other big names. Krasinski’s camera work often focuses on family. The flats are vast and held long before being cut.

Strong Characters

None of John Krasinski’s masterful accomplishments would matter if we didn’t take care of the characters. Fortunately, Krasinski lives up to A Quiet Place Part II’s storyline by fleshing out the Abbott family’s characterization. Emily Blunt may have the best ratings in the movie, but that movie belongs to Millicent Simmonds, who plays Regan, Abbott’s deaf daughter. As a deaf actress, Simmonds plays the role of someone who, in the monster invasion, wants to do more for society while coming to terms with the fact that her father is no longer alive.

The Silence

As in A Quiet Place, silence controls the duration. Spending so much time with Regan allows us to hear the world as he would, and that strident cut to silence during the performance is wonderfully tense. Likewise, the distant roars and clicks are wonderfully spooky and primitive. But, again, it’s a movie that begs to be seen on the big screen with a superior audio mix.

Is it Worth it?

A Quiet Place Part II is a more giant movie than the first, with many more action shots and heavy effects. But the film doesn’t feel shoddy, bloated, or suffer from “consequences.” It’s still very much about the Abbott family (and Emmett), and the characters are endearing and exciting to watch. The decor and the universe are pretty interesting, and fortunately. There are still many questions about extraterrestrials since John Krasinski refrains from giving us all the answers.

A Quiet Place 2 Release Date: When Will Chapter II Hit Theatres?

The film was initially schedule to be release on March 20, 2020. However, after the coronavirus pandemic swept most of the world earlier this month. It underwent a series of release date changes over the past year.

The first delay was to September 4, 2020, before being push back to April 2021. A third change was then announce earlier this year, pushing the film’s release back to September 17, 202. Before being brought forward again. At the beginning of this year.

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A Quiet Place 2 Plot: What Will Happen in Part II?

From the trailer, it appears that A Quiet Place: Part II will follow the proven format of its predecessor. The concept suited horror fans well, and it looks like this sequel will see Evelyn and the kids travelling the land in search of safety. However, as Cillian Murphy’s character warn, the rule of law has broken. Which means that not everyone they know wants to help. There are more than monsters to consider in Part II…

Conclusion

Horror, suspense, and danger lurk around every corner (and in silence) as the Abbott family continues. Their journey through a fragmented post-apocalyptic world in the film A Quiet Place Part II. Director John Krasinski’s latest film continues what he established in his 2018 film. It expands the film world and brings new thrills and excitement to the Abbott family.

The film has familiar beats and a certain kind of repetition that can’t top the previous movie. However, this sequel still packs plenty of thrill and suspense into its continued focus on story, characters, and sound design. I liked this movie. Sure, there are repeating beats from the previous entry (part of the genetic makeup of the film’s themes/settings), but I expected that and enjoyed Part II.

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