Don’t make a sound

Grant Beltrami, Arts & Entertainment Editor

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In the recent suspense horror film “A Quiet Place,” a family attempts to survive in a world where making the slightest sound could cost them their lives; a world where vicious creatures with hypersensitive hearing have wiped out most of the human population.

Most monster-centered horror films tease viewers with subtle hints the monster for what seems like the majority of the film. “A Quiet Place” shows the audience exactly what they need to be afraid of almost immediately. The monsters are big, fast, and strong enough to tear through steel.

The husband and wife, played by real-life married couple John Krasinsky and Emily Blunt, have carved out a peaceful existence on a picturesque rural farm with their three young children. However, every aspect of their lives is dictated by the need to be silent.

They communicate by sign language and light signals, there is sand covering the pathways to muffle their footsteps, and squares painted on the floorboards of their home to mark where it is safe to step without making the boards creak.

The family’s existence is made even more difficult because their daughter is deaf and unable to recognize when she may be in danger. The mother is also pregnant and counting the days until the baby is due.

Blunt and Krasinsky are phenomenal in this film. They manage to convey their thoughts and emotions vividly using only their expressions and body language. Their fear, panic, sadness and love are contagious through the screen without the need for words.

The film is short, approximately 90 minutes, but it packs a powerful punch. The premise is eerily plausible. Although the creatures are unlike anything in reality, their form and abilities do not seem supernatural or impossible. Unlike many horror and suspense films, “A Quiet Place” is not riddled with plot holes and does not have any “why didn’t character X do obvious thing Y moments” that detract from the narrative.

“A Quiet Place” is certainly not a ‘popcorn’ horror film, and not only because chewing popcorn is too loud and liable to get you killed by one of the creatures; the film is deeply emotional and will likely stick with you for at least several days after watching.

One of the most unique films of the year, “A Quiet Place,” will be shown tomorrow at 9 p.m. in Ice Auditorium.

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