Release Date: April 8, 2018
In the near future most of the population has been wiped out by monsters who hunt by sound which causes a family to live in constant fear of making any sounds lest they be killed too.
The trailers made the premise clear so I would say I knew what I was getting into, but I wasn’t exactly prepared for what the experience would be. Acting wise, I wasn’t sure what to expect from John Krasinski as I haven’t seen much of his work outside of The Office and nothing where he did dramatic work. He was great in this part. So good in fact I am interested in seeing some of his other dramatic work now. While John and Emily Blunt were very good in their roles, the star of the film for me was Millicent Simmonds who played the couple’s deaf daughter. The young lady is deaf in real life as well which likely helped make the character more believable, but she wasn’t good just because she was playing a deaf girl. She conveyed the terror and heartbreak of the story as well, if not better, than the adults who have been successfully acting for years and this was only her second role ever (I have made a note to see her other film Wonderstruck as well). Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think she is gonna get nominated for a major award here, but it does show she has the potential to become a star.
I am a fan horror, as I have said in other reviews, and I do like monster movies, but this takes monster movies to another level when it comes to tension and dread. I would put it on par with the original Alien film. With any good monster movie, we need a good monster, and the creature design here was top notch. It was apparently designed by Krasinski and ILM and I have read a couple of articles stating that it was changed in post-production. I say it paid off, but the one gripe I had about the monster is that it was digital. I vastly prefer practical effects when possible, and in monster movies such as this I would think it would have been.
This was a great movie that because of the premise and overall atmosphere was an excellent experience.
Rewatchability: Medium (I will watch it one more time on DVD, but not sure after that)