In A Quiet Place, people have learned to live in silence. Thank God for subtitles! 1990’s Tremors had creatures sensitive to vibrations. Those in A Quiet Place are attracted to sound. That being said, the two films are nothing alike. A Quiet Place goes in dark places. It is tense from start to finish, and it is extremely dreadful. It is cruel, and it is upsetting.
Gimmick considered, editing this film must’ve been a delight. Music, sneaking and whispers aside, A Quiet Place is virtually silent. The key concept involves survivors having to walk barefoot, scavenging in silence, talking in sign language, eating without dishes or utensils, and the list goes on. There are strange mathematics to all this, and we learn the rules as the story unfolds.
There are conditions and exceptions to this hook, and there’s the occasional plot hole. The film suffers from what afflicts most post-apocalyptic stories; it doesn’t appear to build-up to anything. It is without hope. It has no beginning or end. It’s a passage. Cinematically speaking, this movie is spotless, though. It is brilliantly written and skillfully rendered.