A Quiet Place (2018) Review with Ending Explained


The Review (Spoiler Free)

In the realm of horror, few films manage to reinvent the wheel, but John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place” does just that by turning silence into a source of terror. The 2018 thriller is a masterclass in tension and storytelling, where the absence of sound is as chilling as any ghost or ghoul.

The premise is deceptively simple: Earth has been overrun by creatures that hunt purely by sound. This single, unyielding condition forces the Abbott family to live in a constant state of muted fear, where even the slightest whisper can mean death. The film opens with a harrowing sequence that sets the stakes high and the volume low, immediately pulling the audience into its quiet apocalypse.

Krasinski, who directs and stars alongside his real-life spouse Emily Blunt, crafts a narrative that is as much about family and resilience as it is about scares. The couple’s chemistry is palpable, lending authenticity to their on-screen relationship and the familial bonds that are tested throughout the film. The performances are bolstered by the young actors, particularly Millicent Simmonds, who delivers a standout performance as the deaf daughter, Regan.

“A Quiet Place” is a testament to the power of non-verbal storytelling. With minimal dialogue, the film relies on strong visual cues and the actors’ expressive performances to convey its story. This constraint breeds creativity, resulting in a film that is innovative in its simplicity. The tension is meticulously crafted through the use of natural sounds and the characters’ efforts to remain silent, making every footstep, every breath, a potential call to doom.

The creatures, though sparingly shown, are terrifying in their design and execution. Their presence is felt more than it is seen, creating an omnipresent threat that looms over every scene. Krasinski’s direction ensures that the audience is always aware of the precariousness of the Abbotts’ situation, using clever auditory setups that pay off with nail-biting suspense.

Critics have lauded “A Quiet Place” for its ingenuity and its ability to play on elemental fears. It’s a film that doesn’t rely on gore or jump scares to unsettle its viewers; instead, it builds an atmosphere of dread that is as immersive as it is quiet. The movie has been described as a no-nonsense, lean thriller that ticks like a clock on a bomb, perfectly balancing scares with scenes that set up the emotional stakes and the world of these characters.

In conclusion, “A Quiet Place” is a standout entry in the horror genre, one that eschews the traditional trappings for a more cerebral, yet heart-pounding experience. It’s a film that proves that sometimes, the most powerful screams are the ones that are never heard. For those who appreciate a thriller that engages the mind as much as the pulse, “A Quiet Place” is a must-watch, a film that will leave you afraid to make a sound long after the credits roll.

Ending Explained (Spoiler Warning)

We don’t know too much about the creatures.  It looks like the creatures are some kind of aliens from out of space.  It appears that they have taken over the world and wiped out the military and most of the population.  The movie is set in apocalyptic world.

Obviously this family somehow survived, and we see that there are few other people survived in the world.  There is a scene in the movie with an old man, but we don’t know too much about the old man and his dead wife.  It just tells us that there are other who survived and struggling to live day to day.

In the beginning of the scene, it appears that Lee (John Krasinski) is communicating on top of the power by lighting the fire.  But the movie doesn’t really get into why he is doing it and who he is communicating with.

Like I mentioned earlier, it is well executed movie, but there are lots of plot-hole which made me frustrated specially the dad.  Dad supposed to protect the family but when you think about it, he hasn’t done a great job.

First of all, if you live in a very dangerous world where you can’t make any sound, wouldn’t you do much as you can to not get pregnant?  They ended up preparing for months for arrival of the baby and obviously, everything went wrong.  If you are a dad, why would you live the pregnant wife alone near the due date on this dangerous world?  They have created so many problems and risk safety of other family members by getting pregnant.  It’s one of the selfish thing they did to the family.

The nail that stick out on the stairs in the basement caused lots of damaged to the pregnant wife.  But the problem is that the nails on the stairs are nailed down from the top down.  You might see top of the nail pulled loose, but it will never puncture the feet like it did in the movie.  At the same time, when dad noticed the nail on the stairs, first thing he should have done is remove it so that other members in the family don’t get hurt by it.  But he just left it there.

In the opening scene, we see the little one get snatch up by the creature.  It appears that he is still too young to understand the dangerous environment he is in.  Knowing that why would you let the youngest one follow them at the very end of the line?  Dad or mom supposed to be the last one on the line, so he of she can watch over watch over the kids specially the youngest one.

We see later in the movie that they are able to speak softly around the river, and even scream near the waterfall because the creatures are used to that sound of nature.  So how don’t you live near the river and waterfall?  They even travel long distance to get fish from the river, so why not just live near by?

The creature appears to be easily distracted by any sound, so why not setup speakers or horns all over the area and blast them remotely.  In fact, I would have some fun with the creature by blasting music all over the place randomly and watch the creature run in circle all day.

We see that there are lots of electrical equipment in the basement and lights are hung all over the house.  So where does the electricity comes from?  If it is from the generator, the generator should have made lots of noise.  It will definitely attracts the creatures.

It is really frustrating to see how the dad died.  I understand that he scarified himself to protect the kids, but the way he died didn’t make sense to me.  When the dad saw the creature on top of the roof, why did he trying to kill it? The creature obviously didn’t see him yet.  Only thing he has to do is stay silent.

The kids eventually roll down the hill inside the truck to their home.  A truck, rolling down the hill in a high speed, makes lots of noise.  It should have brought more of the creatures to the house by following the truck.

Finally, the deaf daughter accidentally discovered their weakness.  It turned out they are sensitive to certain frequency.  You mean to tell me, all the smart scientists in the world couldn’t figure this out earlier?

At the end of the movie, we saw Evelyn kills the creature using only her shotgun.  Earlier in the movie, we were told that the creature is indestructible.  It is hard to believe you can kill the creature with a shotgun but all of the more powerful military weapons can’t kill them.

The sound of shot gun brought more creatures to the basement.  The movie ends here but we all know what happens next.  They finally figured out the weakness and they are able to eliminate all the creatures and save the humanity.

If you can get pass all this plot-holes, it is very good movie.

In the Nutshell

A Quiet Place is great movie if you can get pass all the plot-holes in the movie. [4 out of 5 stars]

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Genre: Monster / Creature

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