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Why “A Quiet Place” Doesn’t Live Up to the Noise

Sam Fisher, Student Journalist

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Recently making its way into theaters nationwide, “A Quiet Place,” directed by John Krasinski (also an actor in the movie), has captured the attention of countless Americans and has already made tens of millions of dollars in the box office. There are good parts to this movie, don’t get me wrong, but I feel that it comes up short in several other ways.

To begin, the plot and background of the movie are extremely shallow. It opens with the Abbotts, the family around which the movie revolves, silently searching through a drug store. Just before this, the screen reads “Day 89.” Day 89 of what? Along with this unanswered question, the audience also is not provided with any background on what is currently happening. This kind of superficiality is seen over the course of “A Quiet Place” as the killer-aliens are never given a name, we don’t know where they’re from, it’s unknown how many other survivors there are (if any), and more.

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Perhaps what bothered me the most out of all this was that we never know what happens to the Abbott family at the end of the movie. After they kill the alien, other ones are seen rushing toward the house, but then the film abruptly ends. On a different note, I also disliked the fact that John Krasinski’s character, Lee Abbott, was killed off. I understand that he is trying to save his kids from an alien, but he probably didn’t have to sacrifice his life in order to do so.

All together, I think “A Quiet Place” has much more potential than what is actually seen on the screen. The shallowness of the movie, which only takes place over three days, and its plot are disappointing. Not only this, but I didn’t even find the film to be all that scary. It consisted of primarily jump scares, which are all too predictable. In fact, the movie as a whole is very easy to predict. At the end of the day, I just don’t think “A Quiet Place” has lived up to the hype or is worthy of all of the praise it is receiving.

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2 Responses to “Why “A Quiet Place” Doesn’t Live Up to the Noise”

  1. mark on April 18th, 2018 1:55 pm

    ha good one

  2. mark on April 18th, 2018 1:59 pm

    the audacity of your story is incomprehensible. It makes no sense as the whole point of the movie was to leave you on the edge and you weren’t supposed to know everything.

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