Jim from The Office US has stepped back behind the camera again with John Krasinski directing and co-starring in horror thriller A Quiet Place. Starring Krasinski’s wife Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place feels akin to this year’s It Comes At Night (don’t watch the trailer) with a slightly abstract approach.
“If they can’t hear you, they can’t hunt you.”
Blunt and Krasinski star as a married couple raising their two children under slightly unusual circumstances. The near silent household has adapted to live a life of hush and quiet, they communicate through sign language, even the children’s toys are made from soft material, and nobody wears shoes. At first glance, their stripped back way of life is confusing, but when the silence is broken by a lamp crashing to the ground, an unseen force makes its presence known.
There is a lot to be excited about Krasinski’s third directorial effort, after indie flicks The Hollars, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, and co-writing Gus Van Sant’s Promised Land, his move into genre territory is well timed. While Hollywood has always loved a low-budget horror with bags of box office potential, the recent success of Don’t Breathe, Get Out, and to a lesser extent (genre-wise) Split has helped pave the way for studios to make more of them.
A low-key high-concept horror is exactly what Paramount Pictures needs right now, forget Transformers smashing into each other, A Quiet Place looks way more exciting and will likely generate more profit than The Last Knight. Krasinski is a busy chap presently, as well as directing and starring in this, he also stars as Jack Ryan in Amazon’s forthcoming TV series based on Tom Clancy’s popular character. Jack Ryan launches on Amazon early next year.
A Quiet Place is released in cinemas on April 18, 2018.
A family living out in the countryside has relegated themselves to living in total silence, along with the use of sign language, in an effort to hide from an unknown entity that thrives on sound.