A Quiet Place 2 (2020) – Review

In this sequel, the Abbott family face the terrors of the outside world, following the tragic events that occurred previously at their home. Venturing into the wild unknown, they each quickly come to the realisation that the alien creatures, hunting any form of sound, are not the only deadly threat on the prowl. A Quiet Place 2 has recently been released to cinemas and certainly boasts more positives than negatives.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Director: John Krasinski
Writers: John Krasinski, Bryan Woods, Scott Beck
Starring: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, Millicent Simmonds

As far as highly anticipated cinematic releases go, A Quiet Place 2 must be up there as one of the most eagerly awaited films of the last few years. With the original date being delayed multiple times, June 2021, finally saw the release of the sequel to ‘A Quiet Place 1 (2018)’ – a flick that was reviewed on the website not too long ago.

It’s fair to say there’s a lot to like about this picture – the filmmakers managed to successfully inject a scary and tense atmosphere that remained from the first minute of the film, until the last, along with using just the right amount of jump scares to accelerate the fear and suspense that was prevalent. The CGI used on the creatures themselves was as impressive as ever too, and I’d certainly say that more action packed sequences were used in this flick, compared with the first.

One or two minor issues I took with the story, however, came in the form of the lack of realism and lack of clarity over certain questions that trailed over from the first installment – A Quiet Place 1 (2018). A large majority of the scenes that were filled with a strong sense of dread, fear and helpless separation, were fueled by some pretty questionable and illogical decision-making skills by certain characters, ultimately leading to more than one predictable scene. The story also lacked any form of advancement from the first movie – very little new information emerged, thus leaving you with just as many questions after the film concluded, than you had prior to watching.

In terms of the cast, that remained largely the same as the first film, with the exception of Cillian Murphy, who was included to portray Emmett – a reasonably likable character but one that had very little backstory and character development. Emily Blunt spearheaded a large portion of the film, starring as Evelyn Abbott, the wife of Lee Abbott, who was portrayed by John Krasinski. Elsewhere, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe also appeared as Regan and Marcus Abbott, respectively.

As mentioned, A Quiet Place 2 certainly presented more positives than negatives, but at the same time, the flick did manage to leave you with a sense of frustration, especially when factoring in the rather debatable ending.

“There are people out there…”

Evelyn Abbott – A Quiet Place 2

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