A Quiet Place
Directed by and Starring John Krasinksi (The Office), A Quiet Place tip toed into theaters and the silence was deafening. Heh? HEH? Play on words… ain’t I the clever bastard? Eh? Anyway, moving along- we are following a rural family of five (With one on the way) in the aftermath of some sort of devastating invasion. The ldest daughter was born deaf, so the family communicates via sign language, they’re tip-toeing on sand, they’re trying to see to their medical needs in the wasteland around them and they are desperately afraid of the slightest noise. It’s the noise that attracts… something.
A tense film that smothers the theater in silence, “A Quiet Place” pulls no punches and stretches taut the razor wire through your nerves. Every jostle, every breeze, every single creek of a leaf or sharp intake of breath could mean certain doom. Kasinski proves himself with an adept skill in true fear and delivers the goods for emotional pay-offs. As a father myself, it’s very easy to identify with Kasinksi’s character as he’s forced to make necessary decisions to keep his family safe. He’s a good man with a good heart, but his nerves are exposed and raw. He is joined by his real life wife, Emily Blunt, as a mother who is trying to plan for the birth of a brand new CRYING baby and trying desperately to preserve the lives of all her children. Millicent Simmonds, a deaf actress, plays the eldest daughter and carries much of the emotional weight of the film- Her malfunctioning cochler implant means she can’t hear what noise she could be making- she can’t hear the danger approaching, but she is resourceful and intelligent and she wants to do more than her father seems ready to teach. Noah Jupe and Cade Woodward are the younger brothers, each carrying a different responsibility to the emotional devastation the family is experiencing.
10 out of 10, A Quiet Place is a perfect horror experience with deep chills, tension, and an emotional climax that releases the gauge with explosive relief. Don’t miss this one.
READY PLAYER ONE
Based on the runaway bestselling novel by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One takes all the nostalgia from the novel and shuffles the story up a little and recreates the intended feel of the pop culture love letter. Steven Spielberg’s latest film virtually boils with Easter Egg references, planting the bulk of the film’s narrative in the Virtual Reality landscape of The OASIS where anybody can be whatever they want to be. Fantasy fulfillment is just a click away. Not only has it become a form of entertainment for the overpopulated earth, it’s become the primary economic resource with large corporations “mining” game resources and trapping indebted players with indentured servitude in the game. (Not as farfetched if you know about the World of Warcraft mining industry in third world sweat shops.) After the death of the games creator, he’s left a puzzle game behind that will allow a random player the opportunity to gain controlling shares in The OASIS and, essentially, control the world.
Tye Sheridan (X-Men: Apocalypse) is cast as Wade Watts (AKA: Parzival), a player in the game who has devoted the past several years to tracking the founders clues and attempting to solve the riddles and defeat the game in order to escape his unfortunate life amongst the dregs. Through his obsession with the life of the games founder, Wade discovers the mistakes his idol has made and ultimately comes to make decisions that will pull him away from a similar path.
The film moves along briskly and explores the nostalgic effect of pop culture, speaks lightly of the dangers of escapism, and ultimately delivers what one friend refers to a “treat for the senses” with its engaging visuals and f/x.
7.5, and a high recommend.