Cert: 15 Runtime: 90 mins Director: John Krasinski Cast: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe
Who are we if we can’t protect them? we have to protect them
A Quiet Place has been on the watch-list for sometime now, after the slight disappointment of It Comes at Night I was craving for another family focused horror. This is John Krasinski’s major movie directorial debut and his first screen appearance with his wife Emily Blunt *LIKE YOU DIDN’T KNOW THAT ANYWAY*. The trailers gave a simple premise of a horror/drama with not much dialogue. That was more than enough for me to want to see it. So what is A Quiet Place about you ask? A family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. If they hear you, they hunt you.A Quiet Place has is the reason you go to the cinema. It was such an immersive experience, full house, jumping bodies, awkward laughs and surround sound. I haven’t had such an experience for some time now, it was a breath of fresh air.
John Krasinski is able to do what all great directors do, orchestrating the audience with tension and pacing. He knows when to make you laugh, when to cry, and most of all, when to scream. Just like Jordan Peele last year with Get Out, this U.S Office Alumn knows how to create a horror social commentary film. Between tackling parenthood during tough times and tackling life day to day politically, Krasinski has created a very intellectual film.The psychological element is played simply and effectively, the set pieces come one after another, in different locations of the farmland where the characters live, one situation is more unsettling than the other. The appearances of monsters is cleverly played out, they are always just one glance away and for most of the film you cannot see them up close. When the creatures are finally revealed they are eerie and disturbing. As a horror fan I have seen it all, but these vicious buggers have their own wicked personality. They are creepily spectacular and fun to watch.
The sound design is excellent, as well. Very little is actually spoken in the film, leaving large gaps for the sound to just drop from the soundtrack completely, which makes the jump scares mostly earned. And when the sound does come in, it’s decidedly booming and intense. Emily Blunt and John Krasinski are superb in this film. They are faced with many tough moments and raising a family in this environment only makes it that much harder! They do provide great emotional value and keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe give strong performances too, Simmonds does really show the frustration and anger through out the film, but her heroism just shines. As a quartet it feels like a strong family unit with survival a priority. I found myself caring for the characters (rare in horror) and hoping for a positive outcome.A Quiet Place is simple, yet effective horror movie and the reason you should go to the cinema to watch it.
Cert: 15 Runtime: 161 mins Director: Martin Scorsese Cast: Andrew Garfiled, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano, Yosuke Kubozuka and Ciaran Hinds
The price for your glory is their suffering!
Silence a film 28 years in the making! Martin Scorsese one of the last few true masters of cinema has returned. Silence has had a frustrating build up, no trailer or promo until literally a few months before release. Most of us questioned will it ever be released? As mentioned Scorsese has tried to make Silence for some time now and finally we are here. So what is Silence about? In the 17th century, young Portugese Jesuit priests Sebastiao Rodrigues and Francisco Garrpe (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) travel to Japan to locate their mentor, Father Cristovao Ferreira (Liam Neeson). On a journey to preach the Gospel and the word of Christ, they come face to face with appalling Christian persecution in an unfamiliar land.
Scorsese filmed Silence in the mindset of Akira Kurosawa in my humble opinion. This is why I believe Silence works as a film. Scorsese pays homage to Japan’s greatest director in Silence. Scorsese is reminding us that nature is never silent throughout, and rarely is the human mind. Just like The Last Temptation of Christ. Andrew Garfield’s Rodrigues is humanised. He’s temperamental, doubtful, even hopeless at times. Always burdened by this divine responsibility. Garfield brings great warmth to the role, and an agonising, largely internalised passion. We are left with more questions than answers – which is fine, because they are questions we can all ask of ourselves.The main question of Silence is, if a person’s faith is not permitted how do you continue within that belief? One might argue, is actually given strength by repressive rules, driven deeper, into the soul of the individual.
The entire cast in this movie is great. Liam Neeson isn’t in much of this film, but when he is the subtlety of his performance is outstanding, specifically his interaction with Andrew Garfield, the awkwardness and genuineness of it is great. Andrew Garfield once again takes the role of a religious man who has his faith tested and is hunted by the Japanese in Japan. In all honesty, The characters and the films are very different. Adam Driver stole most of the scenes he was in, particularly towards the back end of the film. Tadanobu Asano and Yôsuke Kubozuka special mentions too great casting indeed.Silence is a deep and thought provoking piece and establishes a lot of questions we must ask ourselves.
Cert: 15 Runtime: 81 mins Director: Mike Flanagan Cast: Kate Seigel, John Gallagher Jr, Michael Trucco and Samantha Sloyan
When you wish you’re dead… that’s when I’ll come inside
Everything that falls under the Horror label has a reason for being frightening. Usually, it’s derived from basic human fears which in most cases relate directly to survival instincts. Hush’s main story line deals, obviously, with Home Invasion, but aside from that it deals with the loss of senses. Usually, as we’ve all seen and read in Horror films and stories, the sense of sight is the one focused on. This time – a film has set out to show us just how scary the loss of hearing could be, and has done a wonderful job! What is Hush about? The story is quite simple. Maddie (Kate Siegel) is a deaf writer living on her own, with very little human interactions, mostly her friend and neighbour Sarah (Samantha Sloyan) and her sister Max (Emilia Graves, with whom she chats online). There are also references to an ex boyfriend by name of Craig. One night, out of nowhere, a killer (John Gallagher Jr.) arrives at her doorstep with the sole intention of toying with her, and finally killing her.
The acting is very impressive, especially Gallagher as a profoundly creepy and unnerving killer, and Siegel as a deaf woman fighting for her life. However, the greatest feature is by far the direction (Mike Flanagan). The focus on certain sounds to emphasize Maddie’s deafness, the cutting of all audio in certain scenes to show things from her point of view (or more appropriately hearing), the wonderful use of a single location in the project – all have added value making this good film great.Hush is not a masterpiece, especially because of the over-simplified plot and lack of any twists or actual turning points. A smarter story, with half the thought shown to given by Maddie to her books’ endings, would have really made the film exquisite. However, even with the story as it is, Hush is suspenseful, authentic, relatable and on in all manners fun and rewarding.
Cert: 12A Runtime: 106 mins Director: J.C Chandor Cast: Robert Redford
Never Give Up
When watching cinema you expect action, drama, love and horror on the big screen with multiple people. Imagine just a film with one man on a boat. Well you don’t, as All Is Lost with Robert Redford exists in the world. A few months ago there was a lot of buzz about this film. Finally I have watched it and I can share my thoughts. What is All Is Lost all about you say? Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man (Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. Despite his success in patching the breached hull, his mariner’s intuition and a strength that belies his age, the man barely survives the tempest. Using only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his progress, he is forced to rely on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling and his meagre supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face.
All Is Lost is a fascinating story about the indomitable will of the human spirit to survive against all odds. The film opens with a monologue (after which almost no words are spoken throughout its 106 minutes of runtime).The concept is a brilliant one; one character, one sinking boat, surrounded by ocean & yet striving to live whichever way he can. The absence of dialogues does add more responsibility on the actor’s shoulder as he is our only source to connect with the story, which we do from his reactions in the face of danger. And who would’ve thought that the 77-year old Robert Redford will be up for that incredible task, but he manages to do exactly that & that also in a great style as he takes us on a journey of emotions without uttering a single word from start to finish. The most impressive part about the cinematography was its underwater photography & the calmness it adds to the entire film. Music has a slight presence in the film with few strong cues but it somehow felt undeveloped in the final film nonetheless.Even though the film isn’t without its flaws, most of it can be brushed away as the director doesn’t try to narrate a story here but asks the audience to feel it through our only source, the solo character. On an overall scale, All Is Lost is an amazing survival feature that has no boredom to it despite the absence of a human voice throughout its runtime, has a far more tragic tone than what I was expecting, and works solely due to a spectacular, age-defying performance from Robert Redford who, at 77 years old, was still able to maintain a solid grip on the viewers’ emotions in a way that most actors half his age have been unable to do in their careers, so far. Absolutely worth your time & money.