- THE blue CORNER REVIEW
blue Corner Review June 3rd, 2021
"The Aliens are still roaming the earth, with Evelyn Abbott now being solely responsible for fending for her children."
RATING: 6.5 / 10
It's more of Quiet Place, yet it manages not to simply retread the first movie. Shame it's very just the first installment of part 3, rather than being self-contained.
It's been three years since A Quiet Place was released, generally to highly favourable reviews, suggesting that a sequel was perhaps inevitable, even if not required. We had a solid and coherent story, with the film doing enough to warrant our caring of the primary characters against their foes - the limited environments being used to great effect, highlighting both the ability of the alien creatures and the nightmarish situation the Abbots find themselves in. We had limited details about the invasion itself or much on the situation outside of the local area, but were given just enough to keep us happy and focused on this family and the peril they find themselves in - the movie endeing with a fairly satisfactory conclusion. A Quiet Place 2 picks up with a flashback scene, re-introducing the Abbot family (including the since departed father Lee (John Krasinski)) on 'day 1' - the day the aliens first arrived - before jumping back to the very end point of the first movie.
The four remaining Abbots - including the newborn - are forced to set off from the charred remains of their home to seek the assistance of family friend Emmett (the always dependable Cillian Murphy), as briefly introduced during the earlier flashback. We know just how perilous any journey can be from the first movie, with each step outside being painfully loud in the otherwise deathly silence. Whilst the Abbots now have a weapon of their own, able to paralize the aliens and expose the one weak area, the last thing they want is to attract them to begin with.
Between the initial flashback and eventual ending on XX, A Quiet Place 2 abandons the slow, methodical sneak-and-run approach from the original in favour of out-and-out action, although a few jump scares are still managed. This was possibly required to prevent the sequel from feeling stale, with a simple rehash of the original unlikely to introduce much that's new or original at this point.
Reluctant father figure, very Last-of-us setup
Blunt underused? Just given birth in the first movie
Docks - the remenants of civilisation turned into a scourge
No real ending, part 1 of 2
BLUE CORNER'S RATING FOR A Quiet Place Part 2 (2021): 6.5 / 10