A Quiet Place 2 (2021) Review

RATING: 3.5/5

Picking up immediately after the events from the film prior, the Abbott family leave their home to find survivors and hope.

SO GOOD, to FINALLY be back in the theater. To be back and watch a good movie.

Compared to the intro from the first, I got to say I prefer the one presented in this one. The way the entire first act was shot, paced, and the build-up for how things went down, was handled very well. There was hardly any music playing, only environmental noises to help create a foreboding and uncomfortable atmosphere. One felt dread for the citizens in the town, but one didn’t know when the horror was going to strike. Once it struck, it hit hard.

The silent tension was executed nicely. Every step or every noise a character made would send a soft chill up the spine. Especially for the character of Regan (Millicent Simmonds) whenever there were moments of complete silence. That feeling alone made me really root for her into being my favorite character. She’s going far and beyond to rectify her actions from the first.

As far as the rest of her family, they were still good performance wise. There were touching moments for Evelyn (Emily Blunt) when she was revisiting her son’s grave. I definitely felt the pain Marcus (Noah Jupe) dealt with from the bear trap. It was nice to see his character evolve to become someone braver and be more relaxed in a tense situation. Granted, I would have liked to have seen more development. The new character of Emmett (Cillian Murphy) was an interesting character in terms of his fortress and the sentimental things that surrounded him. Again, it would have been nice to see some further development.

As the initial attack was further explored in the first, so was the world after. One got to learn more about the aliens’ weaknesses and how the humans were able to fortify homes on islands.

I did like the parallel stories that were happening all at once. Each character in each were going through their different struggles and I found it interesting on how the movie ended on a bittersweet note. The notable characters survived, but didn’t come together in the end.

While the sequel did do things better, there were some questionable moments. Like the bit where the alien hopped onboard a boat. It must have been very lucky the wind carried him precisely on the island containing the humans. I mean there was no way the alien controlled the boat. These aliens are not intelligent in the least. The leader of the island needed to go back to his family, while completely forgetting the alien was right outside. For the climax, the potted plant was on the table, sitting there, waiting to be used but wasn’t.

When it came to the silent group on the docks, I didn’t feel a sense of dread or worry for the heroes. I kind of wanted the scene to go by as quickly as possible.

Much like with the first film, there were jump scares. Not as much as the first, but still annoying. Thankfully I didn’t jump when they happened.

For the most part, the CG was nice. But other times it can look pretty bad especially in the climax.

Since this was a Michael Bay production, there almost needed to be an American flag waving in the background. Not a negative for the film, but I did chuckle whenever they popped up on-screen.

John Krasinski did it good for the sequel. He kept the same uncomfortable feeling/tension from the first, the performances were all good, and the world building made for some interesting scenes. There were ideas that didn’t quite stick the landing, but it doesn’t ruin the film overall. “A Quiet Place 2” was a worthwhile experience especially seeing this was my first film since the closings last year. So check it out and one would be interested in what the third entry has in store.

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