The sequel to A Quiet Place is finally here, and it has even more to say about the epidemic era. The silent-scare sequel, written and directed by John Krasinski and starring Emily Blunt and Cillian Murphy, is loaded with precision-tooled suspense, yet it doesn’t expand on the first picture as much as you might think. When the COVID pandemic ripped up cinematic calendars, A Quiet Place Part II, which was originally scheduled for March 2020, was only days away from hitting theaters. I saw the movie in a theater with social distancing and health screening procedures in place more than a year later, and you should verify local guidelines and restrictions in your area as well. IMDB
The sequel, which is packed with tension, returns to a world where aliens are good listeners and even the smallest noise can kill. Emily Blunt reprises her role as a postpartum mother, battered and wobbly as she tries to put one foot in front of the other while dealing with loss and pain. It’s a heartbreaking mix of anguish and determination, reflecting the agony of witnessing your children suffer.
Cillian Murphy replaces John Krasinski as a new father figure in an especially astute casting decision. Maybe it’s because of how many episodes of Peaky Blinders I watched during lockdown, but Murphy creates a lot of anxiety just by showing up. He’s introduced as a doting father at a little league game and still manages to make me break out in a cold sweat. The actor who starred in 28 Days Later, Inception, and Dunkirk adds such ambiguity and possible volatility to any character that he’s the polar opposite of Krasinski’s fatherly dependability.