When I entered the movie theatre to watch A Quiet Place, I knew I was in for an unnerving viewing experience.
But I had no idea I would emerge an hour and a half later so unsettled and so suddenly accustomed to eerie silence.
John Krasinki’s A Quiet Place tells the story of a family who are living in silence while being hunted by creatures who are attracted to sound.
The movie is set in a post-apocalyptic version of the year 2020, where Lee Abbott (Krasinski), his wife Evelyn (Emily Blunt), and their three children are some of the only survivors.
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They live in an isolated cabin in the woods and communicate solely through sign language, which they very handily learnt because their daughter, Regan, is deaf.
What makes this movie so unsettling is its deafening silence. There was only about eight lines of dialogue in the whole movie. But that was all it needed.
Sitting in the cinema watching A Quiet Place was unlike any movie experience I’ve been through before.
It was so goddamn quiet.
And the whole theatre was so aware of the eerie quietness.
Which just made it quieter.
Grabbing a handful of popcorn and carefully chewing it made me feel like I had just started up a chainsaw in the middle of the cinema.
I wanted to whisper something to my friend beside me but soon realised it would sound like I was shouting at her.
On screen, the momentum slowly built and built to the point where I hoped someone would laugh out loud or get a phone call just so it would break the tension.
But the tension never really broke.