John Krasinski offers new sensations in ‘A Quiet Place 2’ (review)
John Krasinski catches you off guard in the first moment of “A Quiet Place Part II”, inviting you into his film with the most terrifying thing of all in this universe: Noise. It is a testament to the effectiveness of “A Quiet Place” which is guaranteed to make you immediately uncomfortable: the crumpling of a bag, the cracking of an apple, the closing of a door. car. Krasinski begins the sequel, which he wrote and directed, in a flashback to the day the monsters arrived, and boy, are we STRONG.
It’s a bit of a punch, and not just because he doesn’t waste time before taking action. We know he and others won’t be around when the film moves to the present. And you might be surprised at how far a little glimpse of their pre-disaster happiness goes when it comes to reminding you of what they’ve lost and what they’re trying to hold onto.
And this one picks up where we left off. Emily Blunt’s character, Evelyn, didn’t have time to star with Sarah Connor in “A Quiet Place Part II”. Like John Wick, the Abbotts have no respite. And she and her family – a newborn, son Marcus (Noah Jupe) and daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds) – are on the move to find another place to stay. They put together a terrifying coffin-shaped infant box with an oxygen tank and a baby’s breathing apparatus so they could move around without worrying about the baby’s crying. Obviously, this was mostly thought of by people who are parents themselves, but it is best not to ask too many questions about the logistics of all of this.
Suffice it to say, introducing the baby ensures that your stomach will never be knotted for the duration of the skinny movie. Krasinski makes a choice with the baby bordering on indecency, but it’s terribly effective.
It’s somewhat amazing that they were able to find enough new stuff in this world to warrant a full sequel, but unfortunately for everyone, Regan’s inspired hack to knock out monsters using high frequency sounds is only effective. in the immediate environment. In other words, there are many more.
The family finds another place, and a once friendly face, in Cillian Murphy’s Emmett. But like many of Murphy’s characters, it’s not clear whether or not he can be trusted and he doesn’t seem to want to help.
Blunt, Simmonds, and Jupe are all once again formidable in their roles, using sign language and their expressive, empathetic faces to brilliantly convey terror, love, and pain. The nail is also reprising its role and is just as good at creating tension as before, but unfortunately Krasinski has something more brutal in store for one of the Abbotts.
But the reason these movies work isn’t because of the scares. They work because, in their hearts, they are a high concept meditation on parenting. Sure, surprises keep your heart rate going and stuff, but the real terror, the one that sinks into your consciousness, comes from that deep, uncompromising fear that you won’t be able to protect your children. Many monster movies boldly claim to be about something bigger and rarely are. These films succeed.
After being delayed for over a year, “A Quiet Place Part II” only hits theaters for the first 45 days, until it hits Paramount +, and that might sound cliché, but it it’s hard to imagine seeing it anywhere other than on the big screen. This is the kind of film that demands it.
“A Quiet Place Part II,” theatrically released May 28 from Paramount Pictures, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for “terror, violence, and bloody / disturbing images.” Duration: 97 minutes. Three out of four stars.
MPAA Definition of PG-13: Parents are strongly cautioned. Some content may not be suitable for children under 13.