SXSW Review: A Quiet Place
In this post-apocalyptic creature feature, three vision handicapped creatures manage to whittle the world down ‘til New Yorker’s start dressing like haute couture campers in a Bass Pro Shop ad. They have super sensitive hearing, see? If you make the slightest sound, anywhere, at any distance from them, they’ll arrive in the company of jolting music notes.
They’ve got praying mantis pivoted arms that they gallop on at variable speeds, heeding the characters that will live or die as necessary, and look like lobsters made out of CGI. We meet Jim, in his office, crossing off “Japan” in pink highlighter as he blasts out a distress beacon, via morse code -- to keep it a quiet place.
Jim and Emily Blunt have that survivor movie resourcefulness, really, some oddball abilities they’ve acquired over just a year’s worth of apocalypse, like nursing a broken hearing aid device, or giving birth to your own baby in a bathtub.
Luckily for them, though, they’ve got a military grade radio broadcasting system in their basement. Maybe Jim was a Howard Stern type, prior, on a cornfield. Later, it’ll play into an ingenious scheme to conquer the lobster's anatomy, a code the world’s leading science and superweapons couldn’t crack. Also, shotguns seem to do fine.
Luckily for us, Jim lines the basement with Newspaper Headlines that announce the alien’s emergence, so he can remind himself, and keeps useful notes like “Known in existence: 3” so he can keep count. Three lobsters struggle with one family, how’d they kill the world? Are there only three in upstate New York? Is the apocalypse only happening in upstate New York? If three internationally, this lobster trio killed off all or most of Japan and the ten other countries on Jim’s list that he’s reached out to over the course of a year? Is Jim doling out morse code to one country a month? Or is this a daily routine? If so, does Jim print out lists of all the countries in the world each day, cross them all out in pink highlighter, and print some more? Does Jim only use pink highlighter to cross out the countries on his list? How often does Jim have to go back to town to resupply them?
Jim has a deaf daughter, because: Good mechanic in super-hearing lobster invasion movie. Their relationship arc is explained to us in case we didn’t catch on, by Jim’s son. Call it sonsplaining. Basically, daughter thinks her daddy doesn’t love her. But near the end the twist is, actually, he does. This film is not just about Jim from The Office though. It is directed by Jim from The Office, who is married to Emily Blunt in real life (who is not in The Office) and who’s not married to Pam in real life -- or in the movie -- but who gets his paper and highlighters from Dunder Mifflin.
...Early in we learn, the threat is not lobsters, but startling musical discordance in the face of quiet. When it turns out there are not lobsters creeping outside, but friendly raccoons, the effect of the horror-movie-jolt remains the same, because we’re scared for our ears -- not for the characters. Not by these lobsters.
A Quiet Place
Early in you’ll learn, the threat is not lobsters, but startling musical discordance in the face of quiet. When it turns out there are not lobsters creeping outside, but friendly raccoons, the effect of the horror-movie-jolt remains the same, because we’re scared for our ears -- not the characters.