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A Quiet Place Part II (2021) – Noise Equals Death

Rating: ★★★☆☆(3/5 Stars)

Released 05-28-2021

Watched 06-09-2024

Reviewed 06-19-2024

Watched on Paramount +

"There Are People Out There. People Worth Saving."

“A Quiet Place Part II,” directed by John Krasinski, picks up right where its predecessor left off, plunging us back into the tense, silent world where noise equals death. The Abbott family continues their struggle for survival, this time venturing beyond the safety of their farm and encountering new threats and allies.

Emily Blunt delivers a strong performance as Evelyn Abbott, balancing fierce protectiveness and vulnerability. The children, played by Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe, also shine, with Simmonds’ character Regan stepping into a more central role. Cillian Murphy joins the cast, adding depth and complexity to the narrative.

The film excels in building tension, leveraging silence and sudden bursts of sound to keep viewers on edge. The opening sequence is particularly gripping, offering a harrowing flashback to the onset of the alien invasion. Krasinski’s direction ensures that the atmosphere remains suffocatingly tense throughout.

However, while the film succeeds in maintaining suspense, it struggles with originality. The plot treads familiar ground, with many scenes echoing the first movie. Some may find the sequel lacking in new ideas, as it relies heavily on the established formula of its predecessor.

In conclusion, “A Quiet Place Part II” is a solid continuation of the story, delivering intense moments and strong performances. Yet, it falls short of surpassing the impact of the original, earning a respectable but unremarkable three stars.

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