Imagine living in a world of complete silence. No laughter, no crying, no yelling, no singing — no nothing. Not to mention, you've got to learn sign language to be able to communicate with your family. And to top it all off, if you do happen to make a sound, a human-eating, invincible monster will attack you in seconds. The monsters can't see, but boy they can hear — really well. Make a noise, and the odds are very high that you will die. Welcome to the Abbott's world. Evelyn, Lee, Marcus, Regan, and Beau all live in this nightmare turned reality.


Aside from sign language and screen captions, to translate those signs (sorry to those of you who hate subtitles, this time you'll have to watch and listen), there are probably about 50 spoken words in this entire movie. The silence is deadly. It's unnerving.

Great horror movies make use of silent parts. If it gets silent, you can bet you're about to be scared out of your seat. What about when there is nearly always silence? Moviegoers have been conditioned to expect the "jump scare" when the scary movie gets silent. So when it is entirely silent, the intensity increases. You always expect something during 90 percent of the movie.

When the loud noises and sudden images do happen and shatter the pervading silence, it's terrifying.

You can't really close your eyes to avoid what you think is coming, because the movie is predicated on visuals. You have to see it because you won't really hear it. The only escape from being terrified is closing your eyes, but you can't do that here. Bravo, John Krasinski, you've successfully bamboozled all of us.


Why would you go see a movie with minimal dialogue that is truly terrifying? For starters, the reviews are amazing. People who have seen it are raving. And the reviews aren't wrong. It's a fantastic movie. The family storyline is beautiful. The plot is thrilling. The end seems to point to a sequel, which I think would be great.

When the credits roll, aside from being relieved that you don't have to be tight and fearful anymore, you walk away wondering. What would you do? How would your family react? Where would you go? What types of defenses would you have? How long would you be willing to be silent before it drove you insane?

The cast is short; there are only six credited cast members. They are great, though. They feel like a real family, maybe because real-life married couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt are on-screen husband and wife here, too. They struggle like a real family, as well. It feels real - like we are in there with them.

The real surprise, however, comes from the director role. It's John Krasinski.

The goofy guy from The Office. "Wait, Jim from the Office directed, produced, and starred in this?" Same feeling I got from "Get Out." "Wait a second, that guy from Key and Peele made this?" There must be something about comedic actors breaking away from their typical comedic roles and into the horror genre. "Get Out" was thrilling, horrifying and incredibly profound. "A Quiet Place" was riveting, terrifying and very intricate. Go see it. It won't disappoint.