A Quiet Place might be the most masterful opening to any horror film ever made. With no dialogue, music or exposition, the audience learns almost everything they need about the apocalyptic implications of the film’s central idea and meets every character essential to the narrative…all before the opening title. Had the film been a short subject and ended right there, it would still come to a shocking, satisfying conclusion. The whole sequence is a triumph of minimalist storytelling.
This film is really nicely animated. It is aesthetically pleasing and the animation feels very smooth.
The actual premise of the film is rather simple. It’s set in the near future of 2020, in a post-apocalyptic enviroment where humanity has been pretty much wiped out in a matter of three months. The cause of this near extinction are multi-limbed, alien creatures dubbed ‘black angels’. These fast moving carnivorous monsters have hypersensitive hearing and despite being blind, are very difficult to take down.
This is a very well directed and well shot film, actually all the tech stuff is great, editing, sound all top notch. I will also give the film a ton of credit for taking a well worn plot, the war against drugs and coming at it from a different angle.
Rian Johnson movie Looper starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis. I have to admit I totally missed the initial release of the film and only got round to watching it in 2014. The movie itself although was still fresh in my mind as I decided to review it, I thought I should view it once more as this is a film although complex in many levels goes to great lengths to avoid any glaring plot holes.
With tension like this it’s difficult to like this film. It’s difficult to like feeling tense for almost two hours. But it’s a compelling movie. Riveting, even. With such great acting on display it’s an enjoyable way to feel uncomfortable and frustrated.