This is critique of the movie ‘The Quiet Place.’ Do not read on if you haven’t seen it as there are some spoilers contained within this post.
Just saw the movie ‘The Quiet Place.’ Since its release, I have been intrigued by it. I also heard great things from people who have seen it. IMDb gives it 4 stars out of 5. Rotten Tomatoes gives it 5 stars out of 5. I give it 2 stars out of five and here is why.
First of all I heard the quietness of the movie is disturbing. Now I am one who has no problem in a space filled with quiet. Matter of fact, I love it when a space I am in, whether at work or at home, is totally quiet. Unlike most, I am extremely comfortable being by myself in quiet. So you get the point…
What bothered me, was despite the critique I was given, there is limited parts of the movie that are actually quiet. Instead the silence is filled with music, nauseating music, music that really does nothing, at least in my opinion, to add any element to the theme of the movie. At one point, I turned to my son and said, “The movie would be more effective, if there wasn’t any music.” After all, it is titled the quiet place.
Second, there were parts of the movie that didn’t make sense. One in particular was when the wife was giving birth, in the bath tub, and profusely bleeding. Even my son asked, ‘Why is she bleeding? Is she miscarrying?’ My answer was yes. But I was totally confused after she had a ‘healthy’ child. My son then commented, ‘Could it have been the placenta?’ I told him I didn’t think so as usually the placenta follows the birth. Not sure if this bloody scene was to make the movie, at that point, more scary or not. I am still confused.
Third, I found occurrences to be pretty predictable. Yes, I did jump once or twice but not in the times that were supposed to make me jump. For instance, in the beginning of the movie, the family is pilfering through an abandoned store looking for items to help them keep surviving. The youngest child finds an airplane, that not only lights up but makes noise. Before leaving, the dad, the ultimate ‘hero’ of the movie, takes out the batteries, places it on the counter and lets the boy know he can’t have it as it is too noisy. As the family leaves, the oldest daughter, who is deaf and a rebel, gives the plane back to her brother. As a result, he swoops up the batteries and follows along. So what do you think is going to happen? The boy ultimately gets it from the alien beings. A train wreck waiting to happen.
Another scene, in the last part of the movie, is when the dad attempts to put down an alien being by shooting it to save his children. Instead the being attacks, leaving the dad with a gaping hole in his midsection. As a result, the being goes after the kids. The dad ends up saving the day by sacrificing himself, screaming as loud as he can so the being is deterred. Result? The dad gets it. And in front of his kids. That will cause nightmares!!! At least for the kids!
And, another occurrence is when the viewer realizes the mom is pregnant. My son’s comment was, ‘Geez mom, don’t they know better than to have a baby when you are supposed to be quiet?’ I guess the store they were pilfering didn’t have birth control.
Fourth, this movie reminded me ALOT of The Walking Dead. Same concept, same level of surviving, but with alien beings instead of zombies. The concept of living in an environment of total quiet was creative. However, I found a good portion of the movie wasn’t that creative but a borrowing of other zombie films.
Fifth, I found the acting to be mediocre. It just didn’t catch my interest or pull me in. After about 5 minutes, I was bored. If my son hadn’t been watching, I would have shut it off. As I commented to him, ‘I’m glad I didn’t pay $10 at the movie theatre to watch this.’ I think the trailer was better than the movie.
Yes, there were some things I liked, rare as they are. I liked getting a perspective from the deaf daughter. The movie would go totally silent when a scene involved seeing it from her eyes. That added a level of thrill which, only momentarily, kept my interest. I found the scene, when the mom is in labor then steps on a nail, pretty intense. The actress really gave a good impression of how to act in a quiet world during intense pain. And I found the end, where the deaf daughter discovers the key to alienating the beings. As my son said, ‘Mom, she is a badass.’ Yep, she was.
Overall I would give the movie 2 stars out of 5. It was entertaining, in some parts. But not memorable. I also wouldn’t label it a horror thriller. It was more like a roller coaster off the rails.