Interest Level: Young Adult
Main Performers: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds
Director: John Krasinski
Studio: Platinum Dunes
Run Time: 1 hr 30 min
MPAA Rating: PG-13
The Earth has been overrun by aliens who are hypersensitive to noise. If they hear you, they kill you. A family, still grieving the loss of their youngest boy who was killed by an alien, lives in silence, taking every precaution to avoid even the slightest sound. They communicate in American Sign Language, which they already knew because the oldest daughter is deaf. The mother is about to give birth to another child, and so the family must make preparations for a soundless birth. Things go awry and the whole family is put in danger, and to save them the ultimate sacrifice must be made.
The power of this film lies in its silence. The deafening quietness when coupled with the intense suspense makes even slight noises a huge, startling scare. The story is absolutely compelling and completely driven by the characters, who are developed extremely well. This speaks to the enormous talent of the actors, who utter few words throughout the whole film and manage to communicate an impressive depth of emotion purely through facial expressions and sign language. While there are some unexplained elements about the alien-filled world, the story is so trained on the characters that with any plot holes, the viewer may not notice and will not mind. This well-told, brilliantly executed film is a must-see for lovers of thriller and horror movies.
* Contains moderate violence.