Lead Actors: Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds
Producer: Michael Bay
This movie takes place in a post-apocalyptic setting. While that is nothing new for television shows and movies these days, this particular version of the end of the world is quite unique. In this setting, one cannot make a sound, or they will be swept up, crushed and devoured by giant monsters, immediately.
The effect this tension has had on our protagonists is apparent the minute we meet the Abbotts. They are a family unit that consists of John Krasinski as the patriarch, and Emily Blunt as the matriarch, along with three children and another in the belly of a very pregnant Blunt.
The stress of not being able to make a sound is written all over their faces.
The Abbott family seems to have an upper hand in surviving this world, because they all speak sign language. Their oldest child, Regan Abbott, is hearing impaired. This ability to communicate without sound, and an extra bit of skill and ingenuity seem to have help preserved the Abbotts longer than the general populis.
The Abbotts also live on farmland in what looks like upstate Pennsylvania. The father, Lee Abbott, has used quite a lot of ingenuity to trick his property out with security cameras, a color-coded warning system on his outdoor lights, and a hard-wired basement that serves as the command center.
Eventually, though, this family must make a sound. Evelyn Abbott is very pregnant. Also, let's face it, children are clumsy and they knock things over...
Who Would Like it and Why
This movie will have mass appeal. It goes beyond just horror. I think it can be classified more as a thriller. Since much of the story is about the family and their dynamic, this movie can be recommended to a larger swath of people.
Who Might not Like it and Why
The premise is grim and there is real loss. Although very well played, each family member deals with real grief and loss in their own way.
The family's ability to adapt to this dangerous world and still survive in one of this movie's key points. They fish for food. They go to waterfalls to yell. They knit small board pieces for monopoly that don't make any sounds.
There is also a quite beautiful scene from the top of the family's corn seed Sai, where Lee burns a fire as night falls, and he looks around and sees similar fires burning all around him: signs of human survival.
These beautiful scenes are of course the handy work of first time director John Krasinski. He shows a deft and sensitive touch.
Also worth noting is the acting of Millicent Simmonds, who is deaf in real life. She does a tremendous job with her role and is a definite highlight in the movie.
Emily Blunt as an attentive and doting mother, a grieving mother, a mother who would literally go through hell to give birth to her baby, and then a mother who would do anything to protect her brood was nothing short of magnificent. She is mesmerizing to watch but also very believable.
Three Mike and Ikes