By Josie Clark, E23 Reporter

This review contains minor spoilers for “A Quiet Place.”

For a first time director, John Krasinski proves brilliance doesn’t always come from experience with “A Quiet Place.” The film is a breath of fresh air for the horror genre. It blends creativity and terror to create a fantastic moviegoing experience. In the film, the world has ended due to terrifying creatures that hunt using sound. A family has survived by a system of sand trails, sign language and color-changing lights. This unique approach gives Krasinski a lot of room for ingenuity, and he definitely delivers.

The plot begins a few months into this new, silent world with a family of five scavenging for supplies. Without giving too much away, a devastating plot point occurs that changes the family.

This shocking introduction captivated me and had me on edge for the rest of the film. The creatures were instantly feared and even the possibility of them showing up had the audience holding their breath.

I will say, in a post-apocalyptic world where you can’t speak, it helps to have a deaf daughter. Millicent Simmonds, who plays Regan Abbott, gives a brilliant and emotional performance. Casting a deaf person for this role was a crucial decision and shows how much representation matters. A deaf girl as the hero of a film is uplifting and a great decision on Krasinski’s part.

Many horror movies choose scary elements over interesting characters. This is not the case in “A Quiet Place” because the Abbott family was genuine and believable. The chemistry between the parents and the children is the best part of the whole film. Of course, it helps that Krasinski and Blunt are married in real life. You can see the love between them throughout the movie. Along with being a close family, they are also very intelligent. The movie shows their creative solutions for all sound problems that allow them to live a fairly normal life. Seeing their smart problem-solving in the film kept the plot interesting.

The main critique I have is an attention to detail. The movie tends to break its own rules for the convenience of a character. These monsters are supposed to be almost unstoppable if they have sound to guide them. But, there are multiple occasions where those rules do not apply to the characters in order for them to live. Also, for very smart characters, there are some dumb decisions made in the film. While the decisions were made to further the plot and add exciting details, they weren’t very believable. I would like to see Krasinski take a few more risks in his future projects.

Overall I give “A Quiet Place” an 8/10 for its original and fresh concept. I can’t wait to see what Krasinski will make in the future.

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