There are very few movies that are deemed gripping without any dialogue and sound. It takes a lot of insight to ace a movie this beautifully, using sound as the backdrop, making each audible breath, each creak, a stab of anxiety. John Krasinski, who directed, co-wrote and also starred in this thriller, cleverly produced a rare treat that seizes on a simple and unique idea, effectively executing it perfectly.
Although best known for his work in comedy, Krasinski proved with this flick that he is a jack-of-all-trades. A terrifying 95-minutes thriller about the sound of fear ironically gives us a whole lot more to listen to. It is smart, nerve-shredding and consists of some of the best acting in recent cinema history. The cast, which includes Krasinski’s real-life and on screen spouse, Emily Blunt and their on screen children played by deaf actress, Millicent Simmonds, along with Noah Jupe, really aced the tension and the trauma of living in a world full of monsters which will kill them in seconds if they make even the slightest sound. Set in a post-apocalyptic era, this movie, as Krasinski stated, is his love-letter to his kids to show them how far parents would go to protect their children. Consisting some of the most memorable and anxiety-inducing scenes in cinematic history, the movie essentially follows the family of four who are survivors of a monster attack, forced to stay silent to keep alive.
Krasinski has dared to experiment and color outside the lines, creating a satisfying horror experience. The film refrains from over-explaining the situation, which adds to the mystery and intrigue of the audience. This film taps into human fears emerging out of just sheer anticipation. The spectacular visuals add to the films edge-of-the-seat nature and it beautifully portrays shared human experiences between a close-knit family struggling to survive in a world full of monsters. Skillfully filmed, the flick is a must-watch, not just for horror fanatics, but for movie buffs all around. The movie came out on 3rd April and has been receiving rave reviews already. Watch the trailer below.