Stars: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Cade Woodward.
Director: John Krasinski
Screenplay: John Krasinski, Bryan Woods, & Scott Beck.
Rustling of popcorn, crunching of potato chips, crinkling of plastic coke bottles; this is all I could hear from a packed movie theatre as we collectively watched a family who could at any moment be attacked by a tiny human sound as if any sound that we would make could impact their safety. They live in bare feet, walk on sand, eat off leaves, speak in sign language in an effort to make no sound. Their enemy; an unexplained monster who hunt only by sound are fast and deadly with no remorse.
John Krasinski has created a suspenseful family drama that uses gesture, facial expressions, and sadly a tad too much suspense music to tell his tale of a family forced to live in fear of noise. Every scene is heightened by the attention of sound, or the lack there of. You keep thinking to yourself, is the rustling of the paper on the seat caught by the wind enough to grab the monster's attention. Is her heavy breathing enough to give away her hiding place. Is the creak in the floor boards enough to raise concern that even bare feet is not enough to dampen the sound of human life. And the thought crosses your mind of why they would choose to procreate when a baby is one of the loudest creatures on Earth.
The cast are fantastic with Emily Blunt & John Krasinski showing off their amazing married life chemistry. They feel like parents and parents that would do anything for their children including baring through the loss of their youngest while preparing for a new life who will enter such a cruel world. Their parenting style could at time be better though; intentionally or not Lee (Krasinski) comes off as a bit of a dick at times that has a few gender stereotypical issues when it comes to raising his son and daughter.