Movie review: ‘A Quiet Place,’ a milestone in the apocalyptic movie genre

Lamiaa ElKholy
Lamiaa ElKholy
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Just imagine having to live in complete silence or die a vicious death by man-devouring alien creatures.

This is the simple and innovative story of the horror/alien movie “A Quiet Place.”

The movie starring Emily Blunt and real life partner and the film’s director John Krasinski, will keep you on your toes as you join a small family’s struggle for survival without having the luxury of screaming.

Horror movie lovers will enjoy the novelty of watching a film where characters can’t speak a word in 95 minutes and yet be able to enjoy a range of expressed emotions which artistically deliver thematic meaningful messages about love, family, sacrifice, hope and rebirth.

“A Quiet Place” debuted globally on Thursday , April 6 with $4.3 million at the box office in North America, according to

To the Middle Eastern fans, it might bring some recollections of previous hit alien movies such as Tim Burton’s “Mars Attacks,” M. Night Shyamalan’s “Signs,” and Steven Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds” with Tom Cruise in the lead.

Yet, it’s obviously a low budgeted movie compared to the mega apocalyptic ones that fairly tackled the same story line until the weakness point of the creatures is accidently discovered.

In addition to an impressive performance from the leading cast, there is the rising child talents, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe, whose roles in the film are truly traumatic and full of physical and psychological challenges.

Kraisinski’s movie hit the nail on the head through using body language taking out any means of verbal or vocal communication with only four characters - half of whom are children.

It is the first time such an idea is introduced to modern cinema, and as boring as the concept of silence may seem throughout a movie, silence becomes the main awe-inspiring factor.

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