The first A Quiet Place left me kind of cold. Once you get past the conceit — aliens that attack based on sound attacking a mostly hearing impaired family — and the nail to the foot scene (repeated in the movie Haunt, which was also written and co-produced by Scott Beck and Bryan Wood), I came away feeling alright about what I watched. However, so many people absolutely adored the first movie, so when the second came out, I decided to give it an open-minded watch.
I’m glad I did.
Written, produced and directed by John Krasinski — who makes a cameo in the opening flashback — this film brings back the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe) while adding Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou as survivors.
The beginning of the film is astounding, showing the initial invasion of the creatures which transforms a small-town American Main Street into carnage before slamming us into the events of a year later, as the family tries to navigate the hostile world that is left behind.
As for Beck and Woods, they didn’t return for the sequel. Woods said they were not interested in a franchise approach and that they would rather “create original ideas” whole Beck claimed that his goal was “…investing back into the ecosystem of original ideas in a massive marketplace.” Krasinski had told the produces to find another writer and director before finding the idea and meaning behind this sequel.
An important team that returned for this film was supervising sound editors Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn and re-recording mixer Brandon Proctor. Their ability to drop sound and then bring it back make the noises in this film anything but wallpaper and dramatically show the experience of the film’s hearing-impaired characters.
On May 29, 2021, director William Friedkin referred to this movie as “a classic horror film” and ended his tweet with “Cinema is back.” How about that for high praise?
You have so many ways to watch this movie. Digitally, the film is available on Paramount Plus and on demand. If you want a physical copy, you can get the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, as well as Blu-ray and DVD. Or, if you’d like to have both films in the same place, you can get the 2-Movie Collection, available to buy exclusively on Digital or Blu-ray with bonus content on both films. They’re all available from Paramount Home Entertainment.