Movie review: ‘quiet place’
David green spoke with the Los Angeles times film critic Justin zhang about the quiet place of the new horror movie. Silence looms large in the gruesome plot.
David green, host:
A movie opened today that caught our attention because of the sound, and so did our ears.
Yes, it was the voice of silence. The film is called a “quiet place” – a creepy futuristic premise. The creatures were hunted by sound, and a couple tried to protect their children.
(movie voice, “quiet place”)
EMILY BLUNT :(as Evelyn Abbott whispered) if we can’t protect them, who are we? We have to protect them.
Edward green: Justin zhang is a film critic for the Los Angeles times. He was brave enough to see the film for us.
JUSTIN CHANG: an alien race of this kind has been going on. The only thing you know is that this movie actually brought you in – these monsters are blind, they are hunted by sound. They have extraordinary hearing. And the whole movie we have with this family – it’s one of the few surviving families that seems to survive. But they are continuing. They have to – just like – go to basic movies on eggshells (laughter).
Edward green: but, what’s worse, it’s like, if you do – if you even breathe out loud, like these creatures are attracted to you.
CHANG: yes. There are rules that work. You know, like the faintest whisper. But in most cases, anything – you drop a glass of water and you die. You say, you’re dead. So…
Edward green: god, that sounds terrible.
Long :(laughing) yes, yes. This is – I like this movie about its world architecture. You know, it’s about rules. It’s about learning the rules of the world, and you can learn from them. That’s why I’m just – I think, when you impose restrictions on producers, and – in this case, you eliminate a lot of conversations – at least there’s almost no dialogue in the movie. Yes – they learn sign language. They know sign language, because one of the key roles is deaf-mutes. But when you impose rules on it, you automatically have to think creatively.
Edward green: well, that silence actually makes this different experience not just for the audience, but also for the filmmakers – really having to work within limits.
CHANG: I think so. I mean, this is – I think both are valid. And, I think the film for their own set of challenges and they have the same for their characters, basically, you is how to get rid of – both in telling the story and keep vitality – when. ..
Edward green: yes.
Often:…… Don’t you have the luxury of talking or making noise?
Edward green: Justin, we should say that John krasinski is the director of the film. He’s also a star, probably the most familiar Jim from the office.
Edward green: so it’s a different role.
Chang: he will always be Jim from the office. But, you know, I think it just shows how talented he is. Before that, he directed two films, neither of which gave you any hint that he had the film. I mean, he’s — the goal of this movie is, you know, this is a very skilled old Hollywood craftsman style. You’re just — you don’t think John krasinski, Jim from the office, the horror director. But, yes. He plays with Emily blunt, who is part of real life – they are real lovers. B: yes.
Edward green: they are real husbands and wives. Like, is it – how does this relationship work on the screen, and how does it differ from your actual spouse in a creepy movie?
CHANG: you didn’t even think about it. You’re just — you’re — you’re really going through this journey with them. This is a very beautiful film because these characters are forced to unfold and attract the attention of the monster. It’s really smart, it’s creepy, it’s good.
Edward green: you convinced me.
Edward green: I think I need to see it. Thank you, Justin.
CHANG: you’re welcome.
Edward green: Justin zhang is a film critic for the Los Angeles times.
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Movie review: ‘quiet place’