Article by Putra Wibowo
Year after year, blockbuster movies engulf the cinemas, preventing us from spotting hidden gems that equally deserve recognition and success. With Avengers: Infinity War premiering in the Philippines this last week, one would assume a mass showing in all theaters and cinemas. However, there is a movie that has stood its ground and made a name for a itself against the blockbuster culture: A Quiet Place. Set in a post-apocalyptic Earth, this horror film directed by and starring John Krasinski follows the Abbott family, who must live in total silence and communicate through sign language in order to survive in a world where humans are hunted by sightless creatures with ultra sensitive hearing.
The film was met with critical acclaim from a variety of critics. James B. from ReelReviews praises the film’s diversion from overused horror movie conventions, stating, “A Quiet Place is a superb exercise in understated terror that puts to shame “horror” films that rely on jump scares and cheap theatrics.” Silence was an integral component in creating the film’s haunting atmosphere, Stephanie Z. from TIME Magazine commenting, “Krasinski has made one of the most poetic horror movies of recent years. Its sound design alone is glorious, locating the infinite gradations in that thing we so casually call silence.”
Members of the ISM community have been mesmerized by the film’s seemingly simplistic technical features, yet emotionally driven narrative. Junior Seo Young O. explains, “”It’s weird because I usually love the fast-paced action in films with booming music as it gives me a thrill. I felt that same sense of anxiety throughout the film’s silent and sentimental moments. You could hear every popcorn bite in the theater, it was insane!”
Other than being a technically and emotionally excellent film, Krasinski provides a striking step-forward towards the representation of deaf characters in cinema; 15-year-old actress Millicent Simmonds, playing the role of Regan, is deaf in real-life, just like her character. Kristin L. from SlashFilm applauds the film’s authentic representation of this physical disability, elaborating, “The eventual reveal of her as deaf would then compel the audience to question whether this changes how they feel towards the character, and whether the use of sign language is connected to her or not. It would have demanded the audience look at their own stereotypes of disabled characters.”
Grossing over $214 million worldwide, it’s a film worth watching that tugs on one’s heartstrings, while also serving as a thrilling ride for any audience. For those who enjoyed the film, be on the lookout! A sequel to the film is currently under development!
Zacharek, Stephanie. “‘A Quiet Place’ Is a Terrifyingly Effective Horror Movie.”Time, Time, 5 Apr.