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So this isnít a review yet as I'm going to see this tonight, and I got to say I'm pretty damn excited. I havenít been this excited about a new horror since The VVitch.

Great cast, excellent premise, and the trailer looks fantastic. It also seems to be rating very well.

What could go wrong? Famous last words.

Can someone please just make a decent horror!

Has anyone seen this yet?


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I saw it Tuesday night in a packed screening.

Pleased to report that it was excellent, incredibly tense in places with a great script and a fantastic cast.

I'll probably see this again on big screen in a week or two.


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So good to hear!


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Though it may not be quite as tense as waiting for the voting announcement


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Literally nothing is as tense as that. Will be stalking the boards all day.


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Watched it the other day. Well worth the price of admission.

I thought it was a little slow to begin with (after one pivotal scene) but then it took off nicely.

Never experienced a quieter audience in a theatre.   The film has a strange knock-on affect of making you stay quiet.

Krasinski did a great job of directing and, (apparently) rewriting a script/story based on an original script by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods. I've read the original script which comes in around 60 something pages. The finished product is much improved on the original idea, now a collaborative effort.

Emily Blunt is always a solid actor imh, and the kids did well too.

The sound design is terrific and the film looks great.

Not for lovers of gore this one, but I prefer suspense anyway.
4 out of 5. Very enjoyable.

P.S. The original script was read and reviewed on Scriptshadow by Carson and I kept reading after the cinema release that JK wrote it, hence my note above. Wonder how much the original writers got for the concept/story.




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That.Was.Awesome!!!

I absolutely loved it, all of it. Honestly couldn't fault it.

What a spectacular piece of cinema.

I don't think it needs it, but if I could change one thing I'd...

SPOILER kind of, not really with out any context

Lose all the dialogue, and only keep the final scream.

But wow, seriously!!


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I thought it was pretty good.

The beginning was a bit dull, partly due to the quiet thing, and the end was lame Imo. The middle but was a decent creature flick and I really felt for Emily Blunt.

It was worth the admission for her alone.

I didn't find it tense, as the fact that they were quiet meant there was no character development so I could only empathise with them on a fairly low level. The only time I was really engaged with them is with Blunt when she was going through her "thing".

They always say that films are just about picking a character and giving them a bad day... Well that was one bad day.

It was hard to buy that these things would be so hard to defeat. Ultimately all you'd have to do was put a stereo on a wire over a big hole and they'd run right in.

Any kind of cage, trap, volcano, hole with a stereo inside would do and the idea that the military had not tried different frequencies in them before when all they can do is hear was a bit silly.

But it was OK. An average story elevated by a good cast, especially Blunt, and decent production.
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Just saw it two nights ago and I was very happy with it, not blown away to the moon, but...

SPOILER

SPOILER!!!

They all definitely still died in the end. Blowing out their ear drums(or whatever) didnít actually kill them, and I donít remember seeing a large quantity of shotgun shells laying around. Plus, Ma just gave birth and neither kid has the ability to care for the family like Dad.

SPOILER OVER

The lighting was superb in this film, but I love the use of a heavy red key light in any movie. I think the sound design could of been pulled back a bit. Like great, no dialogue so you need to rely on other sounds to tell the story, but that doesnít mean those sounds all have to be as emphatic as they made them. Itís kind of me splitting hairs, and Iím not making million dollar blockbusters so who knows, it seemed forced on multiple occasions that noises were so front and center.

The novelty of making emphatic noise a staple part of this movies diet is not lost on me. I think it could of been more brilliantly fine tuned is all.

Overall, I felt connected to the characters, and isnít that all that matters?
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That was so good. I didn't think I could physically make it through it was so tense.


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It was brilliantly simple. Perfectly cast. Kept us on the edge of our seats. I LOVED it. Best horror I've seen in a long while. The only thing I thought was a bit hokey was the monsters/alien/spider things.


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WARNING! Spoilers!

I generally liked it, but it wasn't without its issues for me.

Pros:
-Quite well made, with good performances all-round.
-Good visuals.
-Thrilling sequences.
-Relatable characters who make mistakes and cower, but are also resourceful and commit heroic deeds in equal measure. All of the characters in the film are good, and all of them are very well-portrayed.
-Intriguing enough backbone for the story. Unfortunately, that's also where the cons begin.

Cons:
-Cheap jump scares.
-Movie plays it too safe. It offers absolutely nothing new besides the (relative) lack of verbal communication, and even that idea is undermined by the fact that there's still constant dialogue in sign language anyway.
-Story is a fragile house of cards that falls apart even if you try not to think about it. Do NOT give this film even a little bit of thought--the experience will be ruined for you, because the movie's setting just doesn't hold up at all. Some obvious issues for me were:
   -If the monsters' weakness is the screechy noise from the hearing aid, are we really expected to think the military wouldn't immediately exploit the hell out of it? It's not exactly subtle or hard to figure out--the creatures even have a huge frikkin' ear canal-looking thing on their head. The creatures are obviously extremely sensitive to sound. The fact that they kill one with a shotgun is also ridiculous, if these creatures supposedly conquered the world. There also don't seem to be that many of them (only 3 in a given area from what we know).
   -Hearing aids don't work as portrayed in the film at all. This is less suspension of disbelief and more about the writer completely misunderstanding or being willfully ignorant about how those things work. If you know a deaf person, it completely takes you out of the film.
   -Ending is a total lie. It's played as a sort of hurrah moment, (complete with a knowing, triumphant grin by Emily Blunt) but the reality is that they will all die... and it's not even close, with the baby constantly giving them away, not enough bullets, two kids to watch out for, father dead, etc.
   -Who the hell brings a baby into the world when monsters who kill by sound are around? I mean, fuck. Even if it was an oopsie, that doesn't paint the protags in a good light. With 3 kids of their own, it comes across as grossly irresponsible.

The glaring issues with the plot seem to be a result of combining ambition with simplicity, which is where horror thrives. The movie's not simple or mysterious in the same way Halloween or Alien is... rather, it tries to do too much to achieve the same results as those films. The difference is that Halloween and Alien knew their limitations and turned them into strengths, where A Quiet Place doesn't know what its strengths and weaknesses are, instead coming across as a bit stilted.

I don't regret watching it at all. It was a decent horror flick, but like I said, it's "fragile".
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Well, well, well...maybe horror isn't dead after all!  What a great flick we have here.  Actually, it's great in just about every way, and that's saying quite a bit.

I saw it in Dolby and boy am I glad I did!  The sound was just amazing, and the picture crystal clear.  Normally, I wouldn't pay double for Dolby, but I didn't realize the time I chose was Dolby, so I forked over 10 bones.

Simple story here, just done to perfection.  Great acting all the way around.  Great creature FX - truly scary as shit.  Intense action...even when there isn't any action.

Krasinski nailed this one and he's taking it all to the bank, with almost $210 Million at the WWBO already.

See this in the theater.  If possible, see it in an empty theater.  You will jump and you will be scared.

Grade - A


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Quoted from LC
Never experienced a quieter audience in a theatre.   The film has a strange knock-on affect of making you stay quiet.


The only way I'm ever going to end up in a theater showing a horror movie is if I'm chased there by someone wearing a hockey mask... but I asked a coworker who did see it, and she confirmed that the audience was quiet as if they might somehow attract the monsters.


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