A Quiet Place (2018) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)

A Quiet Place (2018) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: John Krasinski
Starring: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds
Rated: PG-13/Region A/2:40/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 2
Available from Paramount Home Media Distribution

A true cultural phenomenon that transformed the film-going experience for millions of viewers, A QUIET PLACE is a taut and original thriller that follows a family who must navigate their lives in silence to avoid mysterious creatures that hunt by sound. Knowing that even the slightest whisper or footstep can bring death, Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and Lee (John Krasinski) are determined to find a way to protect their children at all costs while they desperately search for a way to fight back.

A Quiet Place is a very different kind of horror film and for that, I will applaud it greatly. Here we have a movie where some time in the future blind monsters have taken over the world apparently, and if they hear you they kill you. This puts us right in the thick of things with a family who have lost a child, gained another, and are expecting another. You could probably pick at some of the plot holes to death if you wanted to, like how come since the movie establishes you can be as loud as you want with a louder sound to down you out that they don’t live down by the water and all of that, but you probably shouldn’t. That would just kind of cheat you of a different type of thriller and you really don’t want that. My biggest complaint is that the monsters here look like smaller version of the Cloverfield monster, but when you take into account that this one was once meant to be a Cloverfield movie you can kind of understand that a bit. Of course, it isn’t and stands on its own.

The movie also feels kind of short. Maybe that’s because with the credits it runs around one hour and twenty-seven minutes when you are used to most films of this nature coming from a bigger studio to run longer. I welcome this pace and this running time as I feel it doesn’t leave anything to drag it’s knuckling as we move along from start to finish. The ending does kind of leave you wanting to continue, but that could very well be just a plot to make sure they get another movie down the road and if not, that ending could bother a good deal of you but also seems sorta fitting when you take the slightly artsy nature of this one into account. It isn’t an all in your face artsy movie, but you can see the seeds planted in it from time to time. All in all, it’s a good thriller with horror elements and it’s one that can make you get a bit nervous while watching. That’s good enough for me.

Extras

– Creating the Quiet – Behind the Scenes of A Quiet Place
– The Sound of Darkness – Editing Sound for A Quiet Place
– A Reason for Silence – The Visual Effects of A Quiet Place

QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 98%