A QUIET PLACE PART II is a worthy sequel that stays true to the factors that made its predecessor such a success. At the box office, the film could face stiff competition.

A Quiet Place Part II (English) Review {3.0 / 5} and review rating

A QUIET PLACE PART II is the story of a family trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. After Lee (John Krasinski) dies, his wife Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and their deaf daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds) are able to eliminate the creatures that attack their residence. The two, along with Evelyn’s son Marcus (Noah Jupe) and their newborn baby, leave when their home is destroyed. They try to search for other survivors and this leads them to a fenced off area. Evelyn accidentally sets off an audible alarm as Marcus enters a bear trap and the pain forces him to scream loudly. A creature runs to attack them, but they kill it when Regan disorients it using her cochlear implant while Evelyn shoots the creature. They come across an abandoned steel foundry where an old friend, Emmett (Cillian Murphy), leads them to his soundproof underground hideaway. Emmett reveals that he lost his family, including his wife, in the attack. At the hideout, Marcus discovers that the song ‘Beyond The Sea’ is playing on the radio. Emmett says that it has been playing on the radio continuously for four months. Regan realizes, based on Lee’s research, that this song hints that the survivors are “beyond the sea” on a nearby island. She shares her idea with Marcus that she wants to get to this island and meet the survivors and then plan a way to eliminate the creatures. A scared Marcus asks him to stay put. Regan, however, flees. Evelyn begs Emmett to find Regan and get her back. What happens next forms the rest of the movie.

The story of Bryan Woods and Scott Beck is in sync with the first part. Some new characters and elements are introduced and it helps to maintain interest. The script by Bryan Woods, Scott Beck and John Krasinski also does justice to the setting and mood of the franchise. However, some plot points are not easy to digest. Also, in terms of novelty, the sequel offers little and that might not bother a section of fans. The dialogues are conversational. The first part hardly had any dialogue but the sequel has many.

John Krasinski’s direction is excellent and as good as in the first part. The first part showed that you know your job well. With the sequel, it becomes clear that he, too, knows how to boost the thrill and fear factor. Some scenes, as expected, are handled exceptionally. But watch out for his expert execution in the first 10-15 minutes; It’s one of the first beginnings of a horror movie! The other thing to keep in mind is the beauty with which you use silence. Horror movies are all about sound, but for some scenes of Regan, who is deaf, not a single sound or piece of music has been used and yet it creates an impact. On the other hand, some of the developments in the script disappoint him. Some of these plot points are questionable and not entirely convincing. Second, one would have expected the movie to have a lot more action and excitement and possibly newer ways to destroy the creatures. In this sense, some may feel disappointed as the sequel does not go up a notch. the ‘brahmastra’ that the Abbott family discovered in the first part to kill the creatures remains paramount throughout the film. However, this part can also go in its favor, as the movie stays true to the first part. Third, the film has a very late release in India. It premiered in the US on May 28, 2021, and was released digitally on July 13. Hollywood movies started releasing in India from July 30th and ideally, A QUIET PLACE PART II should have been released in Indian theaters in August. You will face the same problem faced by FAST & FURIOUS 9, THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL WHO MADE ME DO IT, JUNGLE CRUISE etc, has already been seen by many viewers in pirated copies and thus your footsteps would be affected .

A QUIET PLACE PART II begins on a wavering note, showing how the attacks began on Earth. It sends a chill down your spine and also references the supermarket and space toy that were a big part in the previous movie. The attack on the Abbott family outside the foundry draws attention. The attack on Regan inside the train car is predictable, but it’s pretty funny nonetheless. The sequence in which the wild humans attack Regan and Emmett gives a good shake, but it also raises questions about how they managed to survive. Second, the way the creature manages to sneak into the boat and attack alone the next day on the island is highly unconvincing as it goes against the creature’s impulsive and reckless personality. The ending is a bit similar to the first part, but using a parallel track here is a great idea. The movie ends with a hint that a third party is in sight.

Emily Blunt delivers an excellent performance once again. But surprisingly, she is relegated to the back seat in the second half. Millicent Simmonds emerges as the best performer and gets the most screen time. John Krasinski, also the director of the film, appears at the beginning of the film and he is great. Noah Jupe provides capable support. The character of Cillian Murphy is not well defined but offers an excellent interpretation. Djimon Hounsou (leader of the colony on the island), Okieriete Onaodowan (policeman on day 1 of the attack) and Wayne Duvall (owner of the grocery store) are decent.

Marco Beltrami’s music increases the impact. Polly Morgan’s cinematography is to be commended, especially in the opening scene. Jess Gonchor’s production design is authentic. Kasia Walicka-Maimone’s wardrobe is in bad shape and works well for the movie. VFX is top notch, while the action is a bit gory but not disturbing. Michael P Shawver’s editing is skillful.

Overall, A QUIET PLACE PART II is a worthy sequel that stays true to the factors that made its predecessor such a success. At the global box office, it is already one of the biggest hits of the year. But in India, your collections could be affected due to late release as your pirated prints have long flooded the internet.


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