Wonderful film but I have to say, it bears a striking resemblance to a book I read last fall. One that is in no way affiliated with this movie.
A Quiet Place (Release Date: April 6, 2018)
In a post-apocalyptic world, a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing.
Director: John Krasinski
Rating/ Runtime: PG-13 1hr 30
When I first saw this trailer I immediately thought it was the adaptation of Tim Lebbon’s The Silence, which I read last fall (It’s bloody fantastic btw!). The author had said it was in the process of being made so I thought, “here it is and it has some big names attached to it!”. I was very impressed and excited to see it.
As time went on, I learned more and more about it but what was never mentioned was that it was adapted from Lebbon’s book. Still, I was very excited to see it, especially as Krasinski had directed and produced it and I’ve only ever associated him with “The Office”.
Well, I loved it! Considering it has almost no dialogue, it goes to show that strong acting chops coupled with a riveting storyline is all you need to captivate an audience. It’s beautifully shot, possessing an art house quality and it is in no way gratuitous in terms of violence, which is amazing when you see these monsters. The cast was brilliant and it says a lot about Krasinksi’s capabilities when I say I never once thought of him as “Jim Halpert”. Not once!
Seriously, this is an A+ film for me but for one thing, and that is that it is far too big a coincidence that this film has an almost identical plot to Lebbon’s book, and as I learned from the author’s website, it is NOT the adaptation that is coming out. “The Silence” is still set to hit the big screen. This has many of the author’s fans in a bit of an outrage. Telling him to sue etc… but he handled it gracefully, saying that The Silence will be a wonderful movie and will stand apart.
Anyway, I did really enjoy it but it seems impossible to me that someone at some point didn’t read this book and become “inspired”. That said, maybe it is just a really big coincidence.