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A Quiet Place Day One Review: Solid Entry In The Franchise

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As a child, I recall playing hide-and-seek and trying not to breathe too loudly or make a sound while hiding. What happens in the A Quiet Place franchise is ten times worse. We already know that blood-thirsty monsters are sensitive to sounds, therefore we know the basic rule: you must remain silent. Yet, Michael Sarnoski manages to surprise and stun in the third chapter, A Quiet Place: Day One. Written and directed by Sarnoski, the film is both exciting and touching. Despite a few bumps along the road, it’s an engrossing entry that will keep you on the edge of your seat. 

A Quiet Place Day One review

Paramount Pictures

When mysterious creatures attack New York City, Samira (Lupita Nyong’o), a terminally ill woman, and her devoted cat, Frodo, must seek refuge. As the city’s survivors realize they must remain absolutely silent as the monsters react to sound, Sam joins forces with a timid Eric (Joseph Quinn) and, together with a relentless pet, they attempt to survive in the ruins of New York, which is now completely surrounded by silence. The rescue is close, but it all depends on Sam and Eric, and their ability to keep quiet.

A Quiet Place: Day One is the summer’s best surprise. With an exciting storyline and striking special effects, the picture also scores high with an outstanding cast. Nyong’o, recognized for her role in Jordan Peele’s Us, is extraordinary. As a woman with only a little time to live, she attempts to make the best of her current position. Through Sam’s plot and Nyong’o’s sympathetic portrayal, we get a new perspective on the apocalypse and how it impacts other people. Quinn, best recognized for his depiction of Eddie on Stranger Things, isn’t far behind. His character is not only compassionate and kind to Sam and Frodo, but Eric also demonstrates the impact of panic attacks, particularly in extreme situations. 

A Quiet Place review
Paramount Pictures.

Finally, it’s time to talk about the shining star of A Quiet Place: Day One. Frodo, portrayed by cats Nico and Schnitzel, is a delightful addition to the cast and the film’s storyline. He’s not only resilient but also loyal. In the most heart-gripping scenes, he will also have you at the edge, while you cover your mouth as if it helps sound to escape. Another nice addition is Alex Wolff and Djimon Hounsou whose character ties the second and third installments. 

Despite a few bumps where the scene is too long or perhaps slower, the film manages to keep the viewer engaged and throw another twist at its audience. In effect, you can’t stop watching and rooting for the survivors on their journey to safety. At the same time, the film delves into issues like mortality and illness during the apocalypse. 

What’s more, the film is cohesive and makes sense within the franchise; it doesn’t stick out or feel disconnected, but quite the opposite. It also stands strong as a standalone apocalyptic film. If you like the previous installments, particularly John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place, and enjoy action-packed flicks that keep you on the edge, this is the one for you.

Grade: A-

A Quiet Place: Day One

A Quiet Place: Day One

As New York City is invaded by alien creatures who hunt by sound, a woman named Sammy fights to survive.

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