There's always those low budget films out there that decide to spin-off a really good, really successful film. Typically, they are just that, low budget with no name actors, and terrible film quality. So I'm a little surprised that Netflix of all people decided to basically take A Quiet Place and make it their own. Now, I'm not say I think this movie is a terrible, low budget movie in any sense, just that I'm surprised Netflix did this.
The Silence stars Stanley Tucci, Kiernan Shipka, and Miranda Otto. The three of them along with a younger brother and a grandmother flee their home near the city to the outskirts/woods in hopes to survive something unthinkable. Creatures have been released from a cave and are killing everything and everyone that makes noise. If I hadn't watched Patient Zero recently, I would say this isn't a typical movie for Stanley Tucci... well I guess that's still true. Though he's not playing the typical quarky characters in this film, I still think he does an excellent job alongside Kiernan.
Let's talk about Kiernan for a second. I don't really keep up with film gossip a whole lot because I'm sick of tired of people in general, but I'd almost willing to bet there was backlash with the casting of Kiernan in this film - mainly because she's doesn't in "real life" have hearing problems. But I think she's great in this movie. The first thing I saw her in ever (The Blackcoat's Daughter) was absolutely horrible, but luckily I love love love Sabrina on Netflix so that's what I associate when I hear her name or see her in new things. Miranda Otto plays her mother in this film, much like she does in Sabrina as her aunt and guardian.
The monsters in this film look like scary man-eating pteradactyls and I personally liked what they looked like, but I just didn't believe the fact that there were THAT MANY trapped under the Earth's surface in that cave. Especially when the movie hints at how they reproduce. Honestly, there's no way for me to believe they lived down there for that long, but that just my lack of imagination I guess?
The story itself is fine. There were some things I could have done without...
1. Obviously, the dog. The minute this movie started and I saw the dog it was evident that it would not survive. Luckily, I'm good at guessing what's going to happen next and I was able to leave the room at the time this happen. So I can honestly say I did not see it happen and don't know if they even showed anything. I'm happy with that. Don't spoil it for me.
2. I didn't really understand the point of the scary cult guy. I feel like him and his followers were just there to fill the time (the film did have a fairly short run time). There was no context in the sense of why they wanted the girl, or what the importance of her fertility was. I did feel some appreciation for Grandma during those action packed scenes.
3. One thing I really liked was the use of the tree shredded to kill off some of the monsters. Would have been a shame though if the thing didn't break down and all of them just flew right into and died... would have been an epically short movie and it would have been awesome.
4. The ending was interesting and the line of "adapting" was a pretty good ending. Not near as epic as A Quiet Place though.
Overall, I enjoyed watching this movie, however there were many things I felt fell short of the story and/or didn't make sense. I'm going to give it a "Liked It" because it was a short, thrill-seeking film that I didn't hate watching.
"If that boy were an apple, he'd be a delicious"
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