A Quiet Place Part II

Marking the momentous return to cinemas for the summer movie season is A Quiet Place Part II, the much-anticipated and oft-delayed follow up to one of 2018’s biggest films. Set to originally open in March of 2020, the film was shelved when the Coronavirus pandemic shut down theaters worldwide.

"extremely intense while never relying too heavily on jump scares or cheap frights"

And what better film to encourage we sequestered humans to peek outside and venture cautiously into a post-pandemic cinema era than one which features characters burrowing from beneath their hidey-holes and into a post-alien invasion world? This is just what we needed. And given the fact that this second installment is as effectively scintillating as the first one was, I’ll be the first to welcome audiences back to the cinema. Well played Hollywood. Well played.

The first film ended with the Abbott family - wife Evelyn (Emily Blunt), husband Lee (John Krasinski), young son Marcus (Noah Jupe), young daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds), and a newborn – confined to the basement of their rural farmhouse, having discovered the presence of deadly invaders who stalk their prey by sound. Make even the slightest noise, and you’re toast. Ripped apart like a rag doll and spit out in a bloody mess.

Part II opens with a sequence marked by a title card indicating Day 1 that actually takes place before the events of the first film in which the tranquil town’s baseball game is abruptly disrupted by a giant fireball that pierces the Earth’s atmosphere and explodes in the distance.

Soon after, a horde of leggy, spider-like creatures ravages the town, forcing its inhabitants to hunker down inside stores, homes, or any place they can find to escape the wrath of these deadly creatures. It isn’t made clear why they’re here, but it is perfectly obvious what they want: human flesh.

We then flash forward to day 474 where Lee is dead (settle down, he died in the first film), and his widow and three children are venturing out to find food, other survivors, or any sign of life. They end up running into family friend and former neighbor Emmet (Cillian Murphy) who has holed up at an abandoned factory.A Quiet Place Part II

All the while, Regan has taken over the role of amateur monster investigator from her late father and comes up with a plan to locate where a coded radio message is broadcasting from. Could the message offer the clue to defeat these deadly creatures, or is it a trap?

Part II carries with it all the things that made the first installment so effective. Namely, tension, intrigue, mystery, and that same palpable intensity that is enhanced by the audio track’s deafening silence. In addition, director-co-writer Krasinksi’s (Scott Beck, Bryan Woods) script is whip smart and ultra efficient while never relying solely on what worked in the first one. He offers a completely different take this time around, with the humans stealing the upper hand. Defeating the enemy won’t be easy though, as these toothy tyrants are fast, agile, and hungry, and will stop at nothing to investigate even the slightest peep.

It was made perfectly clear in the first installment that Krasinski understands the importance of character and plot, particularly in a film with so little dialogue. That claim is made even more evident this time with the added emphasis of Murphy’s Emmet and the brilliant performance of Simmonds who steps up and proves she is more than capable of holding her own against the veteran cast. Something made even more admirable considering the fact that she is deaf in real life. Paying attention Hollywood?

Like the first installment, Part II is extremely intense while never relying too heavily on jump scares or cheap frights. The tension level is ratcheted up to an even higher level this time which makes the film’s quieter moments even more intense. There’s also some brilliant double and triple layering of multiple story lines that turns up the action and keeps things moving along.

With very few flaws and a wickedly disturbing presence, A Quiet Place II is the perfect summer blockbuster guaranteed to take you on another white-knuckle rollercoaster ride and a surefire bet to get butts back in the seats. Welcome back to the cinema, America!

5/5 stars

Film Details

A Quiet Place Part II

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for terror, violence and bloody/disturbing images.
97 mins
: John Krasinski
John Krasinski
Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Cillian Murphy
: Horror | Thriller
Silence is Not Enough.
Memorable Movie Quote: "Enunciate. Remember?"
Theatrical Distributor:
Paramount Pictures
Official Site: https://www.aquietplacemovie.com/home/
Release Date:
May 28, 2021
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
No details available.
Synopsis: Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe) must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.


A Quiet Place Part II