A Quiet Place is a 2018 American post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film directed by and starring John Krasinski. Written by Bryan Woods, Scott Beck and Krasinski, the plot revolves around a father (Krasinski) and a mother (Emily Blunt) who struggle to survive and raise their children in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind extraterrestrial creatures with an acute sense of hearing.
While in college, Beck and Woods began developing a story that would lead to the film. In July 2016, Krasinski read their spec script and was hired to direct and rewrite the script in March the following year. The film drew inspiration from other films, such as Alien, No Country for Old Men, and In the Bedroom. Krasinski and Blunt were cast in the lead roles in May 2017. Filming took place in upstate New York from May to November 2017.
A Quiet Place premiered at South by Southwest on March 9, 2018, and was released in the United States on April 6, 2018, by Paramount Pictures. It became a major box office success, grossing over $340 million worldwide, and received critical acclaim for its atmosphere, direction, acting, and sound design. It was described as a “smart, wickedly frightening good time”, and chosen by both the National Board of Review and American Film Institute as one of the top ten films of 2018.
The film received several award nominations, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture, Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay, and Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for Blunt, which she later won. It was also nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Sound at the 72nd BAFTA Awards as well for an Academy Award for Best Sound Editing at the 91st Academy Awards.
A sequel, A Quiet Place Part II, is scheduled to be released on April 23, 2021, with Krasinski again directing and the main cast also returning; the film was originally slated for a March 2020 release, but was postponed to September 2020 and later April 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Throughout the year 2020, most of Earth’s human and animal populations have been annihilated by sightless extraterrestrial creatures. The creatures, which attack anything that makes noise, have hypersensitive hearing and are covered in armor which is invulnerable to bullets and explosives.
The Abbott family – wife Evelyn, husband Lee, congenitally deaf daughter Regan, and sons Marcus and Beau – silently scavenge for supplies in a deserted town. Going barefoot while out in the open, the family communicates in American Sign Language. Four-year-old Beau is drawn to a battery-powered space shuttle toy, but Lee takes it away due to the noise it would make. Regan returns the toy to Beau, who also takes the batteries that his father removed from it. Beau activates the toy when the family is walking home while crossing a bridge, giving away his location to a nearby creature that kills him before Lee can save him.
A white wooden three-story house with a scaled mansard roof, lit by the sun from the left, viewed at a three-quarters angle amid a landscape with wooded hills in the background under a clear blue sky
The house used as the Abbotts’ in the film
Over a year later, Regan struggles with guilt over her brother’s death, Evelyn enters the final stages of pregnancy, and Lee fruitlessly tries to make radio contact with the outside world. Lee attempts to upgrade Regan’s cochlear implant with scavenged miniature amplifiers to restore her hearing, but the devices are ineffective. Later, Lee takes Marcus to a nearby river with a large waterfall to teach him how to fish, while Regan abandons her mother to visit Beau’s memorial. Lee explains to Marcus that they are safe from the creatures in the presence of louder and constant sounds, as the sounds mask over their voices and do not attract creatures. Marcus then reveals that Regan blames herself for Beau’s death and needs her father to tell her he still loves her.
Alone at the house, Evelyn goes into labor. While making her way to their basement, she accidentally steps on an exposed nail with her right foot. In pain, Evelyn accidentally drops a glass picture frame and alerts a nearby creature. Evelyn flips a switch that changes the exterior house lights to red as a danger signal to the others and struggles to remain silent during her contractions.
Arriving at the farm and seeing the lights, Lee instructs Marcus to set off fireworks as a diversion. Arriving at the house, Lee finds Evelyn hiding in the bathroom with their newborn son and, along with Evelyn, makes his way to their improvised soundproofed basement. Lee leaves to find the other children, promising Evelyn he will protect them. Evelyn then falls asleep but soon wakes to discover that the barn basement is flooded with water from a broken pipe and that a creature has found its way inside the basement hideaway.
Regan, hurrying back to the farm, takes refuge atop a grain silo with Marcus, lighting a fire to alert their father of their whereabouts. However, they run out of lighter fluid and the fire dies before they can attract Lee’s attention. A hatch door then suddenly gives way, and Marcus falls into the silo. The sound of the door falling distracts the creature that was stalking Evelyn and it targets Marcus and Regan. Regan, who has jumped in after Marcus, sinks into the corn and nearly suffocates, but Marcus saves her. Regan’s cochlear implant reacts to the proximity of the creature by emitting a high-frequency sound that drives it away. The children proceed to escape from the silo and reunite with their father.
The creature returns, attacking and wounding Lee, while Marcus and Regan hide in a pickup truck. After seeing his father wounded, Marcus shouts impulsively, attracting the creature to the truck. Lee signs to Regan that he loves her and always has, before yelling to draw the creature away from his children; the creature, hearing Lee’s voice, attacks and kills him. Regan and Marcus roll the truck down a hill to escape and reunite with Evelyn and the baby at the farmhouse.
The four retreat to the house’s basement. When the creature returns, Regan, who realizes that the sound made by the implant distresses the creature, switches the device back on and places it on a nearby microphone, amplifying the feedback. Painfully disoriented, the creature exposes the flesh beneath its armored head, allowing Evelyn to fatally shoot it with a shotgun. The family views a CCTV monitor, showing two creatures attracted by the noise of the shotgun blast approaching the house. With their newly acquired knowledge of the creatures’ weakness, the members of the family arm themselves and prepare to fight back.
John Krasinski (left) and Emily Blunt (right), who play the lead roles in the film
John Krasinski as Lee Abbott, an engineer, husband of Evelyn, and the father of Regan, Marcus, Beau, and baby Abbott. Krasinski described his character as a survivalist who focuses on getting his family through each day.
Krasinski also provides the motion-capture for the extraterrestrial creatures.
Emily Blunt as Evelyn Abbott, wife of Lee, and the mother to their four children, Regan, Marcus, Beau, and baby Abbott. Krasinski describes her character as wanting to ensure that their children “be fully-formed, fully-thinking people.”
Millicent Simmonds as Regan Abbott, Lee and Evelyn’s deaf daughter, and Marcus’ and Beau’s older sister. Krasinski said he sought a deaf actress “… for many reasons; I didn’t want a non-deaf actress pretending to be deaf. Most importunely [sic] though, because a deaf actress would help my knowledge and my understanding of the situations tenfold. I wanted someone who lives it and who could teach me about it on set.”
Noah Jupe as Marcus Abbott, the eldest son of Lee and Evelyn, and Regan’s and Beau’s brother. Krasinski noticed Jupe in the 2016 miniseries The Night Manager and later saw an early screening of the 2017 film Suburbicon to evaluate Jupe’s performance.
Cade Woodward as Beau Abbott, the youngest son of Lee and Evelyn who was killed by an extraterrestrial creature after activating the sound of a toy space shuttle.
Ezekiel and Evangelina Cavoli as newborn baby Abbott.
Leon Russom as a man in the woods.