Don’t make a sound … because the monsters are back and bloodthirsty as always. A Quiet Place Part II hits theaters a year late. I am happy to report that the wait for the film was worth it. The Abbott family has fled their farm and must find refuge in a terrible world. You will continue to be hunted by the evil creatures, but you will learn that humans are just as merciless. The sequel is a tight, visceral thriller that will keep you in suspense. The plot falls into the usual horror tropes, but the fear never subsides.
A quiet place part II first examines two timelines. We see “day one” of the attacks and then the immediate aftermath of Lee’s (John Krasinski) Hero’s death. Evelyn (Emily Blunt) weighs her newborn baby as she guides Regan (Millicent Simmonds) and Marcus (Noah Jupe) through the woods. They carry an oxygen canister for the baby. While Regan mounted a portable speaker to amplify the high frequency distortion from her hearing aid. She also brings her father’s cards with her.
The Abbott’s bare feet carefully step toward the source of a distant beacon. Arriving at a dilapidated factory is not without its problems. A life or death situation leads to another survivor. Emmett (Cillian Murphy) is an old family friend but not happy to see them. He lost all hope. There is no more room for friendliness. Emmett gives them a day to go, but a mysterious song on the radio sparks Regan’s determination. When other people are out there, they need to know about their gun. But survival of the fittest means that the creatures are not their only opponents.
A Quiet Place Part II lets the tension flow seamlessly from the first film on. The characters are constantly exposed to some form of coercion. Writer / director John Krasinski inspires with situational awareness. The baby is not a support and must always be held still. They need medical care and food. There’s safety in an oven, but the oxygen will run out. The Abbott’s communicate using American Sign Language (ASL). Emmet has to remember to look Regan straight in the face and “announce” when he speaks to her. They are all emaciated from the eternal ordeal. The cast of the ensemble does a banner job that takes the arduous toll of staying alive.
There are several flaws in John Krasinski’s script. The narrative suffers from the same illogical behavior that plagues horror films. The characters, all of whom are very smart and capable, act impetuously and foolishly when they obviously shouldn’t. No spoilers here, but I’m using the analogy of teenagers breaking up and running blind into a forest when they are followed by an ax murder. There is no reason for such a drastic step, it is taken by filmmakers to create cheap conflict. You have to factor in the willful exposure of disbelief for this genre. The original was so intelligent that I was hoping the sequel would be on the same level.
A quiet place part II dramatically expands the scope of the overall story. We learn a lot more about the creatures, especially a critical new weakness with a big impact. But there is still much unknown that teases several future films in this universe. A quiet place part II is a must in cinemas. The cold, dark ambience increases the fright factor. I saw the film in a state-of-the-art Dolby theater. The audience was glued to the screen. You could have heard a mouse fart. A quiet place part II is a production by Platinum Dunes, Sunday Night and Buffalo FilmWorks. Paramount Pictures will release the film on May 28th, followed by a streaming premiere on July 12th on Paramount +.
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