A Quiet Place (1)
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John Krasinski’s third film as director is a remarkably self-assured piece of cinema. Coming in at a tight 90 minutes, he builds a world, sets up a clear and simple premise, and delivers fascinating characters in such a way that the tension is almost unbearable, and the scares are pretty scary. This is undoubtedly due in large part to the quality of the writing – in which John Krasinski also had a significant hand, along with Bryan Woods, and Scott Beck. So, it’s a movie written and directed entirely by men – and yet, it doesn’t fare too badly in the feminism stakes. In the context of a Hollywood movie – particularly one produced by Michael Bay – that’s noteworthy in itself.

A Quiet Place is a kind of post-apocalyptic story, in that it centres on one white...

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