2018’s A Quiet Place was that rare beast; both a box office smash and a critical darling. So it’s safe to say that A Quiet Place Part II, which returns to the story of a family resisting the attacks of creepy creatures who use extra-sensitive hearing to hunt their human prey, was highly anticipated.
Director John Krasinski’s real-life wife, the wonderful Emily Blunt, is back as Evelyn, picking up the pieces after the dramatic climax of the first film. Forced to venture outside the well-fortified safety of their soundproofed home, the Abbott family, including son Marcus (Noah Jupe), deaf daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds) and a newborn baby, undergo a journey which will bring them into the heart of their monstrous hunters’ territory, as well as face-to-face with another survivor, Emmett, played by Cillian Murphy.
The film uses sound design brilliantly, making sure that we the audience felt the tension of every onscreen breath, gasp or stifled scream. Now with a crying newborn in tow and away from their familiar surroundings, A Quiet Place Part II tests the nerves of its central family and its audience alike.