For those of you who may not have Amazon’s Prime streaming service, or like me, and love physical media, Paramount Pictures has released the much anticipated follow-up to the horror thriller A Quiet Place directed by John Krasinski. The sequel, A Quiet Place Part II, written and directed by Krasinski, is now available on 4K, encased in a beautiful steelbook.
The sequel takes us to before the events of the first film, in a pre-credits sequence, and then carries on the story from where it ended. Lee (Krasinski) is dead, his wife, Evelyn (Emily Blunt), daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds), son Marcus (Noah Jupe) and their newborn baby, have made the decision to leave their home, there are still some of the creatures about, hunting them by sound.
The group falls afoul of a previous friend and neighbor, Emmett (Cillian Murphy) and Regan decides to set off on her own, having traced a radio signal, and seeing the possibility of perhaps stopping the creatures with the method discovered during the climax of the first film.
But it’s not going to be an easy journey, and Krasinski not only keepts the camera and the story-moving as he follows all the characters, but he makes sure to up the tension as the film progresses, while never losing sight of the human aspect of the story. We’re not going to go on this journey if we don’t care about the characters, and Krasinski and his actors ensure we do.
Simmonds is wonderful, and completely engaging in her performance. In fact both she and Blunt play very strong women, in fact all the characters have layers, and histories, whether revealed on camera or not. There’s the weight of reality on these characters, which allows the viewer to buy into the horrors going on around them.
The special effect of the film are solid, though there’s one at the end that is very obviously VFX which was a little jarring considering how strongly I’d bought into the rest of the film (that’s the beauty of 4K you see everything – and the transfer in this case is beautiful), but Krasinski has proven himself a very able director, so I’m more than happy to let that go.
The 4K comes with a blu-ray copy, which includes all the requisite special features, one more reason to collect physical media. The extras include a Director’s Diary, a look at Reagan’s Journey, a look at the Marina sequence, how the sound and visual effects were designed and incorporated into the film, and a making of featurette.
Both films are incredibly well done examples of how the horror genre can be thrilling, scary and tell a good story without neccessarily going into the hard R territory which is the usual avenue for the genre.
Smart, well-crafted, and emotionally engaging, A Quiet Place Part II is available on 4K today from Paramount Canada!