A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place ★★★★

Paramount. Cinema
2.39:1
Color 
35mm 
15

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Krasinski’s A Quiet Place is a stoic horror delight. Reminiscent of last year's enigmatic and eccentric It Comes At Night, with echoes of silent German expressionist cinema at the dawn of the 20th century, Fritz Lang’s early work and Universal horror pictures of the 1920’s are a clear influence. A Quiet Place subverts the genre and one of the most effective conventions it holds, that being sound-design, turning the genre convention and evolving it to play a far greater and unique role in the central plot, with the acute effect accentuating the astonishingly atmospheric ambience. Performances are terrific in-particularly from Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe, both undoubtedly could and possibly should have led the film themselves. The stoic and mumbling score of curt sounds from composer Marco Beltrami complement the desponded images on the screen. However, A Quiet Place falls into the hindering trap of horror cliches, the biggest culprit being the diabolical jump-scare. 

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