FILM: A Quiet Place: Part II (2020, John Krasinski)

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Distributed by Paramount, horror film A Quiet Place: Part II premiered in March 2020, mere days before cinemas closed due to the pandemic, but now it is playing in cinemas worldwide!!! Picking up exactly where the first film ended, the narrative sees the surviving Abbott family members leave their sand path and head into the wider world again for the first time in 474 days. After encountering their old friend Emmett (Cillian Murphy), they realise that their may be a community of survivors out there, so Regan (Millicent Simmonds) – determined to honour her late father (John Krasinski) – sets out to find them. Meanwhile, Evelyn (Emily Blunt) will have her toughest time surviving against the “Death Angels” and their hypersensitive hearing yet, due to having to look after a newborn baby and a seriously injured Marcus (Noah Jupe).

PROS

  • Director/screenwriter John Krasinski once again proves himself to be a master of tension-building, relying predominantly on silence and diegetic sound, with much of the dialogue being said through sign-language, and the fear factor coming through the suspense, the waiting.
  • By depicting Regan and Marcus as doing things way beyond their young years in an effort to make their late father proud as well as to survive, John Krasinski not only gives the film a whole new level of emotional weight, but also effortlessly crafts a coming-of-age story.
  • Another excellent performance from Emily Blunt, but the true scene-stealers are Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe, who are truly outstanding and show real potential for their future acting careers.
  • Once again, the design of the “Death Angels” is creative and chilling, while the injuries are quite shocking to look at due to the vivid use of fake blood and gory details.

CONS

  • There are some scenes here and there, particularly in the second half of the film which feel somewhat out-of-place with the rest of the film due to their faster pace and louder tone.
  • The film is somewhat predictable at times, due in part to the fact that it lacks the originality and creativity of the original film.

VERDICT: 8/10

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