A Quiet Place Part II (2021)

Three years have passed since the film A Quiet Place, which with its atmosphere and constant tension brought much-needed freshness to the horror genre. Due to the great success at the box office, the people from Paramount confirmed the sequel practically in the first week of showing, but we waited for it for a year longer than planned due to the kovid epidemic. He re-signs the direction and the script John Krasinski, the actor best known as Jim Halpert from the series The Office, and was added to the old cast Kilijan Marfi.

Apart from the introductory prologue in which we see the first encounter of humanity with aliens, the action continues where it left off in the first part. The story of the sequel follows the Abbott family who continue to move and survive in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind aliens with a refined sense of hearing. After the events in their hiding place, they are forced to face the horrors of the outside world and to venture into the unknown. Along the way, they meet Emmett when they know him from before and who is not eager for company, and they soon realize that the creatures that hunt them are not the only threat to their survival…

The first film had its shortcomings, but they were relatively negligible in the overall impression. In the style of a seasoned master of the genre, Krasinski used sound, that is, the absence of the same, as an essence to create an overall atmosphere that kept us in a state of tension until the check-out rush hour. The concept of aliens making meat for stuffed peppers out of noisy people was also quite innovative and bold, and discovering how people can oppose them was a truly top-notch finale.

What was most important to me was that the script was dedicated to its characters and that it very convincingly presented the importance of the family in such conditions – it was not worked out to perfection, but it is more than enough for the horror genre. In addition to the family’s attempts to survive and cope with the common trauma, the characters also struggled with grief and guilt over the loss of a loved one, and all together it seemed that we cared about them and their fate. The script carried a clear message – if we are there for each other, if we love each other, we can win everything.

Below we watch as stubborn Reagan and silent Emmett try to find a radio station to transmit a signal that will disable the monsters, Evelyn sets off in search of oxygen and medical supplies, while the unfortunate Marcus is tasked with babysitting (and making a totally illogical move to accidentally made a big noise). These subplots push the film forward, but I got the impression that that was their only purpose – to make something happen until the next tense scene arrived.

The story below is also a pretty effective mechanism for creating tension, but I have to admit that for most such scenes, the fuel is some illogical decision or a stupid move by one of the characters. While for Reagan everything is somewhat understandable to me because she is presented as a stubborn and persistent girl, for Marcus I did not have much understanding. What to say about Evelyn who doesn’t tell her son that the oxygen bottle is near the end or about a gang that catches people in circumstances where one scream would take them all to God for the truth. I will not give more specific impressions in order to avoid spoilers, but I believe that you will state that yourself.

The sequel is as tense and exciting as the first film, but it lacks that sense of humanity that makes me care about these characters. The individual stories are weaker and the interrelationships in this film definitely generate a smaller emotional impression compared to the first part. While there aren’t some cheap genre tricks, the story essentially pretty generically steps through a post-apocalyptic setting, but it manages to strike a balance between the genre demands of the film and the emotions of the family drama. In essence, the biggest problem with this sequel is that the first film is so good because for most of today’s works from this genre, it is, objectively, a small masterpiece.

A Quiet Place Part II is as intense as the first film, has a tense atmosphere and brilliant sequences of uncertainty, but definitely generates less interest and less concern for these characters – essentially more than a decent sequel, especially if you don’t mind the characters in the horror film making too many illogical moves.

my final grade: 7/10


Source: The Filmske Recenzije by filmskerecenzije.com.

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