I rented a couple of Redbox movies for a quiet evening in, one of which was A Quiet Place. I had heard great things about it, and I had been wanting to see it ever since it was in theaters.
In case you haven’t heard about it, watch the trailer here.
Basically, it’s a horror movie that involves sightless monsters that attack using their hypersensitive hearing, so the protagonists are forced to stay extremely quiet. The protagonists, a family of five (including a deaf daughter), use sign language throughout most of the movie.
I was also very happy to find out that the actress who plays the deaf daughter, Millicent Simmonds, is, in fact, a deaf actress.
The director, and the father of the family in the film, John Krasinski purposely sought out a deaf actress for the part.
“… for many reasons, I didn’t want a non-deaf actress pretending to be deaf. Most importantly though, because a deaf actress would help my knowledge and my understanding of the situations tenfold. I wanted someone who lives it and who could teach me about it on set.” – John Krasinski
Because of the minimal amount of spoken dialogue, the sounds that do occur in the movie are much more intense, and since you have to watch the screen to not miss any dialogue that does happen, you are forced to stay very focused on the movie.
I’m someone that gets very distracted watching movies at home, but it was impossible to do so in this case. I really can’t compare this movie to anything else I’ve ever seen, and it is definitely worth the watch.
When I took a screenwriting class in college, I learned how dialogue is really NOT the most important part of your pieces (which I had previously thought). After this point, most of my writing contained little (and sometimes no) dialogue. It was really fascinating to see this kind of idea played out in an actual movie.
While this movie won’t make you jump out of your seat, it will keep your eyes glued to the TV. And maybe you’ll jump during a very quiet moment when your phone goes off (like I did… more than once).