A Sequel Worth Watching
By Nirupa Mohan Dore Ceylon Today Features
A Quiet Place Part II, the muchawaited sequel to 2018’s A Quiet Place, released recently, as part of A Quiet Place Film series. The horror driven thriller brings back the novel cast, as they brave the unknown, in a search for hope, in a safer place for their family. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, the film this time picks up where things ended, with quick flashbacks that are set before the events of the first film in the series, that explain how it all began.
This is both good for new viewers who are watching the series film for the first time, and for those who enjoy a practical immersion into the events that took place in the past. Released with the taglines, “silence is not enough” and “survival is not a choice” the story focuses on the Abbott family, supported by the lead cast reprising their roles, with Emily Blunt playing Evelyn Abbott, Millicent Simmonds as Regan Abbott, and Noah Jupe as Marcus Abbott, as they continue to fight for survival, in a world where they need to stay silent to survive and not risk getting killed by deadly creatures, that hunt based on sound.
This is a film that many who appreciated the first part in the series will easily enjoy, given that it continues with precision where the previous film ended, and manages to highlight their effort for survival in a new light, emphasising on how previous events have shaped their lives and their behaviour as a family. The way they prioritise what they need to survive, shows viewers how they have adapted in this new environment. While the core concept remains the same, new challenges emerge, and are equally as deadly as the creatures themselves.
This adds to the original film, easily expanding their world, making it a good sequel that has more to offer its viewers. The 97-minute film by director John Krasinski, who produced the film together with producers Brad Fuller, Michael Bay and Andrew Form, working in collaboration with production companies Sunday Night Productions and Platinum Dunes, was made with a budget of 61 million dollars.
The film’s premier was in March last year, but after a series of delays and postponements, the film has finally started making its way to cinemas around the world, amid the global pandemic, that has resulted in cinema closures around the world.
The much-anticipated release easily earned over 80.5 million at the worldwide box-office, with releases in several countries scheduled for the months ahead. The film has received positive critic supported by impressive ratings, with 90 per cent featured on Rotten Tomatoes, 71 per cent on Metacritic and 8/10 on IMDb.
John Krasinski’s role as Lee Abbott, is prominent in flashbacks, that set the tone for a family who is grieving. Krasinski’s creative direction as the director who has been the driving force of the film has been appreciated by many. Meanwhile, the movie also stars Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou, each adding their own personality to their individual characters.
Keeping in mind that the film’s core concept is no longer a novelty, it still offers viewers an entertaining sequel that they can appreciate, with the audiences in cinemas once again staying silent throughout the film, just as they did, during the original.
This is a well-rounded film, even those who did not watch the first film can easily enjoy. Supported by jump scares, this horror sequel is best watched on the big screen for a greater impact, given its skilfully Review: A Quiet crafted sense of storytelling.