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How would humanity survive if faced with a Human Extinction Level Event because of the existence of strange monsters capable of hunting you ba…
If Emily Blunt could give advice to her younger self just getting a SAG card, she would tell her younger version to not watch too many movies.
John Krasinski's celebrated mostly-silent horror sensation "A Quiet Place" got only one nomination, and a curious one at that, for Marco Beltrami's score of all things. Krasinski was expected to be a bigger player, for director (his debut), screenwriting, and even acting alongside his wife Emily Blunt, who did get her own best actress nomination for "Mary Poppins Returns."
Director John Krasinski's third feature, and by far his most accomplished, "A Quiet Place" is a pretty crafty small-scale thriller set a few years in the future, with minimal dialogue and maximal, human-eating monsters. The creatures' origin is never discussed or explained by way of the usual sheepish exposition about a meteor or some garden-variety bio-disaster. Produced by Michael Bay, the movie takes them for granted, and then goes about figuring a vanquishing plan. It's a survivalist's dream: living off the grid, close to the land, home-schooling the kids, no modern culture or digital distractions to corrupt anyone's wits. The prologue sets the stakes good and high. Mother Evelyn (top-billed Emily Blunt) has ventured into the decimated town with her husband, Lee (Krasinski, Blunt's husband in actual life) and their three children. A few minutes later, in a swift, violent flash, one is gone. I don't know if I'd call "A Quiet Place" enjoyable; it's more grueling than cathartic. But the upbeat, can-do shotgun-blasting climax gets the crowd going. 1:35. 2 1/2 stars. -- M.P.
Millicent Simmonds is proof you don’t need to say a word to get someone’s attention.