A Quiet Place, which was directed by John Krasinski, is a solid horror movie that resonates because of its firm belief in the power and love that a family can share. This isn’t new thematic ground; it’s inherently compelling, time-tested stuff which makes it easy for the viewer to get engaged. The gimmicky-premise concocted by original co-writers Bryan Woods and Scott Beck (Krasinski re-wrote them) invites logistical scrutiny at almost every turn (just HOW loud can you ACTUALLY be?), and I’m pleased that the creative team answered some important rules-based questions because, for the first 20 minutes or so, I had a lot of “Well, wait…” questions floating around in my head.
Krasinski and real-life wife Emily Blunt make for a strong on-screen couple, Millicent Simmonds was superb as their deaf daughter, the visual storytelling is aces all throughout, and the finale is appropriately downbeat and menacing given the rather dire circumstances that the plot introduced. And because Michael Bay POWER, when you get close-up shots of the aliens, the CGI looks photo-real and nasty-fabulous, because you know THE BAY doesn’t settle for anything less than the best in that department.