You might want to turn up the volume on your computer, because this Honest Trailer will be a little quieter than you're used to. Screen Junkies' latest installment in their video series tackles A Quiet Place, the horror movie directed by and starring John Krasinski. Fittingly, the Honest Trailers' regular narrator, known as the Epic Voice Guy, delivers his usually booming voiceover in a Batman-like, growling whisper--and he has an Epic ASL Guy on hand to interpret his commentary. The Honest Trailer has a bone to pick with the internal logic of A Quiet Place, including why some sounds, like footsteps, might attract monsters, while others, like snapping fingers, are apparently fine. He does make a good point, though: If the waterfall in the movie is loud enough to mask people yelling, why don't the characters just live there?
The most extraordinary part of A Quiet Place doesn't happen on screen, but in the theater. In an era of distracted viewing when cinemagoers often treat cineplexes as extensions of their living rooms, John Krasinski's hushed thriller not only compels active viewing but rewards it--or make that active listening. In the movie's near-future (it's some time in the early 2020s), the Earth has been invaded by an alien species that relies on sound to target its prey, which means almost anything louder than a whisper can get you killed. The movie cheats its silences sometimes: There's a score by Marco Beltrami and a scene where Krasinski's character and his wife, played by Emily Blunt, split a pair of earbuds and dance to Neil Young's "Harvest Moon," which fades in a little too desperately. But the movie, whose script is credited to Krasinski as well as Bryan Woods and Scott Beck, is admirably determined to stick to its (silencer-equipped) guns.
What are these "Quiet Place" movies if not M. Night Shyamalan films directed, and in this case also written, by John Krasinski. Well, why should Shyamalan have the market cornered on silly alien invasion flicks. The "Quiet Place" films feature Emily Blunt, Krasinki's wife, as Evelyn Abbott, a post-apocalyptic, shotgun-toting Mary Poppins, who in the first film gave birth to the couple's fourth child without uttering a sound since any noise attracts the attention of fast-moving alien creatures resembling gorillas with much longer limbs and with lid-like flaps on their heads. Oddly enough for a film about staying quiet, "A Quiet Place Part II" begins with hideous pounding, creaking noises that suggest the sound you might hear if a giant were pulling a battleship apart. The 2018 entry "A Quiet Place" has a 96% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
True to its title, A Quiet Place may just be the quietest movie of the year. It might also be one of the scariest. SEE ALSO: The hidden details in'A Quiet Place' that answer your lingering questions In an exclusive featurette, John Krasinski – who directed, co-wrote, and stars in the film – explains how he turned sound into a tool for ramping up tension in every single scene. As star Emily Blunt put it, "Sound plays another character in this film. Every footstep, every sigh is laced with tension, since the premise of the film is that the monsters are attracted to noise.
John Krasinki directs and stars in A Quiet Place, a horror film about a family that has to be quiet to survive sound-seeking monsters. It seems as if he paid tribute to one of his early career productions by throwing in a reference to The Office. And, of course, the internet has some thoughts about the easter egg.