The new thriller flick “A Quiet Place” does something fairly extraordinary in the same way that Don’t Breathe did back in 2016 (no, I’m not talking about giving away the store in the trailer). The movie relies heavily on fiddling with one of the two senses that movies have to play with.
Don’t Breathe played with the whole “sight” thing by making the implacable antagonist of the movie blind and thus unhindered by complete darkness while the protagonists of the movie were sighted and the antagonist used this to his advantage. So the audience was sitting their seats holding their breath and not making a sound in unconscious sympathy.
A Quiet Place does something vaguely similar with sound. The implacable antagonists of A Quiet Place hunt based on sound as well. “If they hear you, they hunt you”, the tagline goes. So the thriller portions of the film involve the protagonists being silent (or, at least, quieter than the ambient noises made by the outside world) and they communicate via ASL or different colored lights as they try to avoid the predators chasing them.
So, of course, there are scenes where the antagonists are close by, like, *REALLY* close by and the audience is hoping and praying that our protagonists don’t make a sound and, once again, the audience sits in their seats, holding their breath, and living and dying (sympathetically, anyway) with every noice louder than anything in the environement.
It’s a pretty sweet trick, actually.
So… what are you reading and/or watching?