A QUIET PLACE PART II
Dir: John Krasinski (15, 120 mins)
Following the nerve-shredding events of the first film (a surprising and worthy critical and box office smash), the family at the centre of this sci-fi horror return. The Abbotts live in a world of silence pursued by aliens who react to any noise, a brilliant conceit executed expertly in A Quiet Place under the unlikely but assured direction of The Office’s John Krasinski. Heading away from their farm refuge, the rest of the quiet world unfolds, and it seems as if the aural aliens might not be the only threat. Emily Blunt plays the strong matriarch, Evelyn, overcoming loss as well as caring for a new baby. Millicent Simmonds is her hearing-impaired daughter Regan, whose sign language skills prove a continued godsend, and Noah Jupe is her son Marcus, growing awkwardly into a man. Kicking off seconds after the first film finished, the family leave their homestead and the sandy paths that protected them in search of fellow survivors. They come across Cillian Murphy’s steel mill dwelling Emmett, who may or may not be a friend, and other damaged individuals struggling to exist in a world turned deafeningly quiet. Expect the same tension-fueled scares, hopefully brought to life in a sequel that will continue the classy original rather than be a cash-in. Shhh.
Opens Mar 19