A Quiet Place: Part II
Run time: 1h 37 minutes
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
A Quiet Place: Part II opens on day one of the disaster. The Abbott family is in town for a baseball game. As Marcus takes his place to bat, a flaming object passes over everyone’s head. Mass hysteria begins, as people scramble over each other to return to their homes. As the monsters touch down on the ground, even more chaos ensues as the family tries to escape. Flash forward back to the present day, the movie picks up where the first one ended with the remaining Abbotts leaving their home towards a new safe area.
Regan Abbott is the daughter from the first film who knows has taken over her father’s role in the family. Regan is resourceful, smart, and just as determined as her father to find others who may have survived. Emmett has given up hope and just wants to be alone. When he gets the chance to help the Abbott’s he reluctantly agrees and slowly begins to warm up to Regan. Evelyn Abbott is just trying to keep her kids alive the best she can while still recovering from the birth and injuries from the first film.
As our first big film back in theatres I’m actually pretty glad it was this. I just recently saw A Quiet Place for the first time and quite enjoyed it and in my opinion, this sequel is an improvement on that first film which is always a good sign. For one the opening to the film is fantastic, it’s a flashback with tons of great acting and some really great suspense throughout where the characters feel as though they are in constant danger. The story itself is relatively simple with the main goal just being to survive and find safety. The movie has a really good sense of atmosphere like I mentioned where it constantly feels like the characters are narrowly escaping deadly scenarios. I think that John Krasinski does a really great job building the tension throughout and keeping that fear and anxiety level high throughout. I really liked the characters in this with my favourites being Emmett and Regan who both have this journey where we see Regan step up and Emmett find hope again and I thought that the characters served the story quite well being one of my favourite parts. In this genre, if you don’t care about the characters then you aren’t actually worried for them and I can say I was genuinely worried for our protagonists. Though horror films are not my usual cup of tea so I’m generally scared by everything I would still say that this film has some good scares. There were a lot of times where I was on the edge of my seat and there were times when I jumped out of my seat. The emotional beats in the film also worked for me and because I cared for the characters, I understood their dilemmas and just wanted them to make it through. I definitely feel the theatre experience was warranted for this film just for the atmosphere alone that the silence in the theatre creates.
All in all, this is a great film that will keep you on the edge of your seat with suspense and that I’m quite glad I saw and would definitely check out again. If you feel like heading to the theatre again this is definitely worth checking out.
A Quiet Place: Part II is a very captivating movie, and an absolute treat to see in theatres. As someone who didn’t enjoy the first one very much, I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into with this one. I’m pleased to say it’s a much better movie. The suspense is some of the best in recent memory, and the characters are awesome. I loved the flashback at the beginning of the movie because it gives a lot of backstory as to how we got here, and it also explains away how we know one of the more prominent characters. Outside of that, it’s also one of the most intense, action-heavy scenes in the movie.
I thought the plot of A Quiet Place: Part II was one of its best features. Coming off the emotional ending in the original, the direction of the second was a little bit unclear. That theme disappears once the movie gets rolling. It is entertaining, heart-warming, gut-wrenching, and sometimes a car crash you can’t look away from. The moments of terror or high tension are relieved really well by character interactions, but because of the idea behind the movie, to begin with, the tension doesn’t ever really go. It’s more of a constant build-up, and then something happens. And then the suspense starts building again. It’s a wonderful cycle, and the movie is so, so captivating. The ending is super sudden, and I didn’t love it, but with the third movie in mind, it does leave a lot more open for interpretation by the director who takes over the series.
Due to the amount of silence, this is a spectacularly made movie. The attention to detail and the focus on every small sound made it a blast to watch in theatres. The characters are well-written and relatable. I thought Emmett, Cillian Murphy, and Regan Abbott, Millicent Simmonds, were the best characters and the best actor/actress in this movie. The emotional moments shine through because we become emotionally attached to their journey and what they have gone through, something that is often missed in horror films.
A Quiet Place: Part II is a great movie. The plot is really solid, and I loved the constant attention to detail. It isn’t the scariest movie in the genre, and I could feel the jump scares coming, but that didn’t stop me from jumping anyways. Overall, a much better movie than the first and you should strive to see it in a theatre-like environment.
It’s been a while since I’ve touched a horror movie, but I’m glad that this one was the one I watched to return to the genre. Compared to the first movie, I’ve got to say that this one was a lot more enjoyable. From the suspense, to characters, to even the action sequences, this movie had a bit of everything that I could want from a sequel to A Quiet Place.
Starting off with the negatives, there were some character choices in the movie that seemed too dumb. In the movie, Marcus makes a stupid decision that only seemed to be there to add suspense to the plot. Now, suspense isn’t a bad thing, but in this case, it just seemed out of character.
Anyways, that’s about it on the negatives. Honestly, this was a great movie and there isn’t too much I can fault it for. Now, positives, the first thing that comes to mind is all the suspense. Throughout the movie, Krasinski mastered the art of suspense. There were plenty of scenes that mixed sound and silence to create a tense atmosphere. Even if I could see the jump scares coming, I was so on edge from the scene that it still got me. On the note of jump scares, the jump scares themselves weren’t the most blindsiding. You can see them coming. But for some reason, they still got me. Now, besides those aspects, I enjoyed most of the journeys the characters took. This movie was more about Emmett and Reagan, and I enjoyed seeing their development throughout the movie. The ending was also very powerful, as it gave the children a powerful scene to finish off the movie.
Overall, this was a great movie. Good suspense, good characters, good plot, good scares. It’s a good horror movie and a nice follow up to the first. Watching this in theatres with some good friends will be icing on the cake for this experience.