One of the biggest horrors to be released this year is A Quiet Place Part II which has been deemed a precursor to the state of cinema following the reopening of cinemas around the globe. Like its predecessor, A Quiet Place Part II is written and directed by John Krasinski. Following the remaining members of the Abbott who aim to reach a fellow survivor’s hideout. With Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe returning as the Abbott family and Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou joining the franchise as survivors. A Quiet Place Part II sees a more expanded world where the creatures have taken hold and follows on directly from where the last film left off whilst also giving insight into how the apocalypse began.
Directed and written by John Krasinski, A Quiet Place Part II seeks to give a wider view of this universe than its predecessor and opens with a flashback that takes place on the day of invasion before shooting back to the moment where the events of the first film ended. Due to the death of Krasinski’s character in the first film, he is only onscreen during the flashback sequence but then is able to commit fully to direction for the remainder of the film. This helps enormously, especially as we are introduced to new characters whilst also seeing the development of returning characters. Like the first installment, this film is highly impressive in its script and has the perfect balance of horror and drama as it gives the leading characters a fully rounded arc, especially Regan (Millicent Simmonds) who aims to be more active and independent in her search for a solution.
As expected, Emily Blunt is fantastic as Evelyn and proves that she can lead this film with ease. An actress who has acted flawlessly across many genres and with A Quiet Place bringing her a SAG Award, Blunt ups the ante in this sequel. Bearing the weight of familial responsibility solely on her shoulders following the death of her husband, Evelyn tries to find safety through any means possible for her children. However, just as it seems that Evelyn is the only one capable of taking care of her family, daughter Regan shows that she is more than capable of fighting off the creatures as well. Millicent Simmonds proved herself as a fantastic newcomer in the first film and only grows more as an actress in this film. Captivating and gripping, Simmonds’ performance is impeccable and hopefully is the sign of a long lasting career in film beyond the franchise.
In support, we have Cillian Murphy as Emmett who is the survivor that the Abbott family have been searching for. Initially reluctant to let them stay for fear of being found and killed, Emmett begins to open up and finds himself helping the Abbott family find supplies for Evelyn’s son, Marcus, who is injured on the journey. Whilst the characterisation of Emmett isn’t as organic as it could be, Murphy brings a great performance and having already had experience in horror films like 28 Days Later, he makes a great onscreen pairing with Simmonds. Another great supporting turn comes from Djimon Hounsou who makes a welcome appearance later on in the film. As we can expect from Hounsou, his performance is controlled as he leads a survivors’ colony that has found a solution.
In a film where the characters are forced to live in silence, the score is the only sound we have to convey the emotion and intensity of the scene. Marco Beltrami returns to compose the score for this sequel and it feels like an extension of the previous installment’s sound. With the score starting out extremely quiet and gradually building in intensity and volume as the film begins to unfold, the music becomes as much of a character without being onscreen. The score alone could play alongside the film and still bring that horror and characterisation that the script provides.
Overall, A Quiet Place Part II is just as good as its predecessor and shows Krasinski’s strength as a writer and director. Allowing the world to gradually expand and introducing new characters while allowing existing characters to develop in their own right makes A Quiet Place Part II a rather packed film but its impeccable pacing and gripping direction grabs your attention and allows you to become immersed in the world and invested in the characters. The only thing left is waiting for a third film to round up this trilogy.
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