Seeing A Quiet Place in a packed cinema back in 2018 is one of the more memorable cinema-going experiences I’m sure many of us have had in recent times. With a central premise that revolves around the idea of sound inviting danger, the many moments of drawn-out silent tension could be felt across the whole room. I saw it on a packed opening night, and there is nothing quite like the collective silence of a large number of people transfixed at what is happening up on the screen, with the whole audience feeling complicit in the world of the movie (making it a quiet place indeed). It is the type of experience that typifies why we have all missed the cinema so much this year, and why it feels so good to be able to start going back.
It is fitting then, that one of the first blockbusters to welcome us back to our cherished multiplexes is the sequel to that memorable cinematic experience. A Quiet Place Part II is one of the many 2020 blockbusters that had to shift its release date, and one that held out for when cinemas reopen their doors, clearly appreciative of what seeing a film like this in a cinema can add to the effect of such a thriller. While this sequel cannot quite recapture the pin drop tautness of the original, this will still be a welcome big-screen experience for many, once again keen to make you squirm in your seat.
Read the full review over at Filmhounds Magazine, originally published May 28th 2021.