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.
Once the movie was over I popped my headphones in my ears on the way to the train station. It wasn’t until I was almost all the way home that I realised I hadn’t pressed play on the podcast I had planned to listen to.
I had been sitting in silence the entire time and hadn’t even noticed.
I’d been sitting in silence and thinking about the silent movie about people who had to live in silence.
It was pretty much a silence inception.
With a 100 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, A Quiet Place is definitely the kind of movie you need to see on the big screen.
Its eerie, silent tension will keep you quietly on the edge of your seat until the final credits roll.
And once you leave the cinema, that silence will follow you around for days, continuously bringing your thoughts back to that isolated cabin in the woods.
A Quiet Place is screening in Australian cinemas from Thursday 5 April. It is rated M.