Richard’s Pick: A Quiet Place – Wed & Thur @ 1:30 & 7pm
Imagine living in complete silence. Never raising your voice over the level of a faint whisper. No music. No heavy footsteps. You can’t even sneeze. Silence. Then imagine your life depends on staying completely noiseless. That’s the situation for the Abbott family—and the rest of the world—in the Emily Blunt thriller “A Quiet Place.” The silence of the first half of the movie is deafening. There is no spoken dialogue for forty minutes, just dead air. In the way that many filmmakers use bombast to grab your attention Director John Krasinski (who also stars and produces) uses the absence of sound to focus the audience on the situation. Very little information is passed along. We don’t know where the deadly blind aliens who hunt their prey through sound came from, why they’re terrorizing earth or how many there are. Ditto the Abbotts. We know nothing about them. The connection the family feels is transmitted through looks and actions, not words. This isn’t a story where character development is important, it’s a tale of survival pure and simple. Uncluttered and low key, it’s a unique and unsettling horror film.