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Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond the sand path.

A Quiet Place Part 2 is a 2020 American post-apocalyptic horror film. It is the sequel to the 2018 film A Quiet Place, following the family from the first film as they continue to navigate and survive in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind aliens with an acute sense of hearing. The film was written, co-produced, and directed by John Krasinski. Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe reprise their roles from the first film, while Cillian Murphy, Djimon Hounsou, and Okieriete Onaodowan join the cast, with Krasinski returning from the first film in a new flashback sequence.

Paramount Pictures began the development of a sequel in April 2018, following the box-office success of the first film. By the following August, Krasinski was working on the screenplay, and in February 2019, he was confirmed as returning to direct. Production took place in Western New York from June to September 2019. Krasinski was credited with writing the sequel, based on characters created by Bryan Woods and Scott Beck. The sequel was produced on a budget of around $55–61 million, over three times the original’s $17 million.

The film had its world premiere in New York City on March 8, 2020; after over a year of postponements were made due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was theatrically released in the United States on May 28, 2021. It became available to stream on Paramount+ 45 days after its theatrical debut. The film set several box office records, including the biggest opening weekend during the course of the pandemic, and grossed $297.4 million worldwide. It received positive reviews from critics, who praised the story and the addition of Murphy’s character Emmett.

A spin-off, Day One, is set for a release in 2024, while a sequel, Part III, is in the works and scheduled to be released in 2025.

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A Quiet Place 2 (2020) Reviews

I still cannot believe that John Krasinski got moviegoers to be silent back in 2018. His box-office smash “A Quiet Place” (co-written with Scott Beck and Bryan Woods) went beyond caring about characters trying to survive in quiet—it taught uneasy audiences to follow suit, filling theaters with silent observers. No moviegoer would want Krasinski to repeat this terror exactly for a sequel, but the changes he’s made in this follow-up then feel especially brash: it’s bigger, faster, louder, and more typical for the horror blockbuster genre.

“Part II” has got approximately triple the amount of dialogue as the original, and its horror is far more literal and straightforward. If you were more scared of the sound-hating, generic looking crab/spider monsters with the Venom-like heads from the first movie than you were the visceral challenge of complete silence, “A Quiet Place Part II” is especially for you. 

In writing and directing this sequel, Krasinski proves his intelligence and his non-subversive priorities when it comes to being a genre director. He also asserts his talent at orchestrating tense life-or-death scenes with an exciting sense of when to go slow and when to floor it. In its best moments, “A Quiet Place Part II” reminded me of Steven Spielberg cutting loose with “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” letting his beasts rampage through a new environment in a staggering way. Even if this sequel remains firmly in the shadows of the original, I wanted part three as soon as it was over. 

The first movie ended essentially at its climax, with our heroes, the Abbotts, finally tipping the scales after 400-some days of terror under their noise-slaying captors. “Part II” begins with a deliciously cruel reset, going back to day one of all this, when no one knew anything. We as audience members know what comes eventually (Krasinski’s plotting treats the first movie as required viewing), and that makes a scene at a Little League baseball game—an open field of noise—an especially nerve-rattling, jack-in-the-box sequence in a movie that has plenty of them.

The match is called off when something especially big blows up in the sky; everyone shuffles home. Many citizens don’t stand a chance after the aliens suddenly slam into town, sending Lee Abbott (Krasinski) into hiding with his daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds), while mother Evelyn (Emily Blunt) frantically drives with her two sons.

This is like a high-octane victory lap for what Krasinski accomplished in the first movie especially as its bracing violence reacclimatizes us to fearing sound, while locking us into different characters’ points-of-view with long takes as they try to navigate pure chaos. “A Quiet Place Part II” announces here that it’s playing a different and considerably less interesting game, but it’s a bravura sequence.

“Part II” then jumps right to the end of the last one, moments after Evelyn victoriously cocked a shotgun. With their family’s barn burning, and patriarch Lee dead in the fields, it’s time to leave home. Carrying her newborn baby, Evelyn travels with her daughter Regan and son Marcus (Noah Jupe) off the sand path that had previously been laid by Lee, past the gravesite of their young son from the beginning of the first movie.

Regan has her cochlear implant in hand, looking to further weaponize it after its feedback proved at the end of the first movie to give the monsters debilitating headaches (or something like that). Her search for more people sets them on a course for a signal, and the unknown of humanity. 

With part one focusing on sacrifice for family, this sequel now concerns what one would give up to help others. Cillian Murphy plays the bleary Emmett, the newest addition to the series, a family friend from the ball game who ponders this question when he refuses to help the Abbotts after they step into the abandoned factory he lords over. He is incredibly resistant at first, especially given his own loss and waning food supply. And he warns Evelyn of looking for others, talking about how there are now “people who aren’t worth saving.”

Emmett has an intriguing bitterness, until the film’s overall emotional growth is reduced to Emmett learning to follow the gospel of all-American hero Lee, which is not the only cheesy idea that Krasinski takes too seriously. And yet within the movie’s fear of other humans, it does ramp up a good bit of fear later on with people who are less giving than the Abbotts: it’s scary when a group of people are staring at you, and not saying a word. 

As his characters venture into new territory, it’s solid craftsman Krasinski who is noticeably not taking many risks. He leads with intention, and he’s confident with multiple threads at once, and in putting every cast member (including the baby!) in uncomfortable danger. And yet any time he’ll do something really radical—like bring Regan to the forefront, alone with shotgun in hand—he eventually shirks from it for a development that’s noticeably easier.

Or in some cases, he’ll rely on an easy scare with a dead body popping into frame, piling on the movie’s numerous loud noises for scares. The series’ original appeal of minimal, hushed dialogue is toyed with too, as “Part II” bends some of the rules eagerly enforced all for the sake of quiet-ish conversations that streamline emotions in a way that’s far less eloquent than the sign language in the original.  

The performances remain sound, and intense, even if the story gives little space for them. Blunt is in more of a straightforward action mode, having already proven how bad-ass she was in the first movie, still embodying a great deal of physical stress and the maternal urge to protect.

Jupe and Simmonds are true professionals when it comes to crying, screaming terror, and they both bring out a tenderness to this story of discovery with glimmers of hope. And Krasinski remains good at casting interesting faces for their intensity—Murphy’s face can show a certain weariness in different lights, and here he looks beat, mysterious, but human. Djimon Hounsou and Scoot McNairy also lend their unique presences to this movie, but that’s all that can really be said. 

The only entity that moves faster than Michael P. Shawver’s editing are the monsters themselves. But there’s no love for them from the story—they’re like an actor in an ensemble who has to be there contractually, even though no one would invite them to the wrap party. Aside from falling from the sky, they’re not further developed by Krasinski, and the amount of focus this story gives to them shines a light on how weakly conceived they are (however impeccably rendered by ILM).

Krasinski’s interest in going against explainer fan culture—good luck with this one, YouTube—is intriguing, but the lack of background feels like he just has too little to say about his monsters. They become plainly dull villains here, aggressively silencing human beings with a slash or a toss, and, ho hum, that’s it. Two movies in, and their mystery is starting to hint that there’s no there there. 

What’s surprising about the whole “A Quiet Place” emotional experience largely fades here, especially as all of this unfolds with a numbing amount of max-volume slams, bangs, and bass warbles; Marco Beltrami’s score brings in the original’s meditative themes when it’s not trying to blow you to the back of the theater. But the moments in which humans and monsters clash are incredibly robust and kinetic, and succeed at getting you to think of nothing else in the story but the terror on screen.

Along with cinematographer Polly Morgan and editor Shawver, Krasinski proves highly adept at building and layering in-your-face sequences, especially as three different storylines climax with beloved characters screaming for their lives. One of Krasinski’s best visual touches involves two scenes that trap the viewer into a point-of-view of being in a fast car, like at the beginning when Evelyn is trying to speed-reverse from a hijacked bus.

These thrilling sequences give the film plenty of adrenaline at its beginning and end, and play like a nod from a still-evolving Krasinski: he’s embracing “enjoy your ride” filmmaking, even if that can encourage a viewer’s passivity. Here’s hoping that “Part III” leaves more room for what got people talking in the first place. 

  • Nick Allen  –  Roger Ebert
  • Nick Allen is the Senior Editor at RogerEbert.com and a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association.

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A Quiet Place 2 (2020) Credits

A Quiet Place Part II movie poster

A Quiet Place Part II (2021)

Rated PG-13

97 minutes

Cast

Emily Blunt as Evelyn Abbott

Cillian Murphy as Emmett

Millicent Simmonds as Regan Abbott

Noah Jupe as Marcus Abbott

Wayne Duvall as Roger

John Krasinski as Lee Abbott

Director

  • John Krasinski

Writer (characters)

  • Scott Beck
  • Bryan Woods

Writer

  • John Krasinski

Cinematographer

  • Polly Morgan

Editor

  • Michael P. Shawver

Composer

  • Marco Beltrami

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A Quiet Place 2 (2020) Plot

During a Little League game, the Abbott family – wife Evelyn, husband Lee, deaf daughter Regan, and sons Marcus and Beau – and other spectators witness a strange asteroid-like object hurtle towards the Earth. Hostile extraterrestrial creatures that emerged from the asteroid, attack and begin slaughtering people. The blind creatures possess armored skin, have extraordinary speed and strength, and track victims with hypersensitive hearing, attacking anything that makes a noise.

Over a year later, the creatures have killed much of the Earth’s population, including Lee and Beau.[a] Regan has discovered that high-frequency audio feedback makes them vulnerable, and she devises a makeshift method of transmitting the noise from her cochlear implant through a portable microphone.

With their home destroyed, the family searches for other survivors. Entering a fenced-off area, Evelyn accidentally sets off a sound alarm, alerting the creatures. As they flee, Marcus steps into a bear trap, attracting a creature with his screams. Regan and Evelyn kill the creature, free Marcus, then run into an abandoned steel foundry.

An old friend, Emmett, appears and takes them to his soundproof underground hideout. Emmett, who has recently lost his family and developed a cynical outlook on life, refuses to help further and says they cannot stay. Marcus hears the song “Beyond the Sea” playing on the radio, which Emmett says has aired continuously for four months. Regan determines it is a hint that survivors are on a nearby island. She theorizes that if she can reach the island’s radio tower, the hearing aid’s high-frequency noise can be broadcast so other survivors can weaponize the signal.

She secretly ventures out alone to find the island; Evelyn begs Emmett to find her. He does and saves her from a creature. Regan persuades Emmett to help complete her mission. Evelyn leaves Marcus and her newborn baby at the foundry to fetch medical supplies in town. Marcus discovers the corpse of Emmett’s wife. Startled, he alerts a creature and accidentally locks himself and the baby inside an air-tight compartment.

Emmett and Regan arrive at a marina to board a boat to the island. They are attacked by bandits, and Emmett deliberately creates noise and attracts creatures that slaughter the attackers. When one creature drowns, he realizes that the creatures cannot swim.

The two row to the island where a small colony of survivors is living normally. The colony leader reveals that when the government discovered the creatures were unable to swim, the U.S. National Guard attempted to move as many people as possible to the islands. However, the chaos from boarding created noise that attracted the creatures, leaving only two boats that made it to the island.

When Evelyn returns to the foundry, she frees the children before they suffocate. The three hide inside the bunker as the creature prowls the foundry. At the island the next day, a creature trapped on a boat from the marina misadventure has drifted to the island and attacks the colonists.

After the colony leader drives Emmett and Regan to the radio station, both to quickly transport them and to lure the creture away from the colonists, it kills him. Regan transmits the high frequency via the station’s signal and plays it over the station’s speakers, incapacitating the creature, and impales its exposed head with a rod, killing it.

At the foundry, the creature discovers the family. Marcus picks up Regan’s transmission and plays the high-pitched frequency through his portable radio before shooting the creature. Regan leaves the hearing aid connected to the radio station’s microphone, allowing the broadcast signal to be weaponized by others.

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A Quiet Place 2 (2020) Box office

A Quiet Place Part 2 grossed $160.1 million in the United States and Canada, and $137.3 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $297.4 million.

Before A Quiet Place Part II was postponed from late March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Boxoffice Pro predicted the film would gross $72 million on its opening weekend, based on the first film’s opening weekend ($50.2 million) and the continued involvement of Emily Blunt and John Krasinski; but noted that the film would face competition from other titles such as Mulan.

In February, early industry tracking had the film debuting to around $55–60 million. Deadline Hollywoods Anthony D’Alessandro wrote, “A Quiet Place Part II is currently strong with females under 25, African Americans and Hispanic demos, but overall I hear it’s strong with all quads.”

For its 2021 theatrical release, Boxoffice Pro forecast that the film would gross between $30 million and $50 million on its opening weekend in the United States and Canada, with a total gross between $75 million and $125 million.[69] IndieWire wrote, “It has a core male audience that skews younger with minority moviegoers, along with strong interest and critical support”, and predicted between $40 to $50 million.

According to Fandango, US advance ticket sales were double the sales from the planned March 2020 release and also more than the sales for the first film in 2018.

The film made $19.3 million on its first day, including $4.8 million from Thursday night previews, topping the $4.3 million preview figure of the first film; both grosses were the highest of the pandemic. It went on to debut to $48.3 million in its three-day opening weekend and a total of $58.5 million over the four day Memorial Day frame, topping the box office and marking the biggest opening weekend since Sonic the Hedgehog in February 2020.

In its sophomore weekend the film grossed $19.5 million, finishing second, behind The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. The film crossed the $100 million domestic mark on June 11, becoming the first film of the pandemic era to do so. In its third weekend the film regained the top spot, upsetting newcomer In the Heights with $12 million.

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A Quiet Place 2 (2020) Critical Response

A Quiet Place Part II received mostly positive reviews from film critics. Screen Rant wrote that critics liked the film and praised its “two-pronged story” and the introduction of Cillian Murphy’s character. Meanwhile, The Independent wrote that critics were divided.

The film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes assessed 346 reviews and determined 91% of them to be positive, with an average rating of 7.5/10. The website’s critics consensus reads, “A nerve-wracking continuation of its predecessor, A Quiet Place Part II expands the terrifying world of the franchise without losing track of its heart.” According to review aggregator Metacritic, the film received “generally favorable reviews”, with a weighted score of 71 out of 100 based on 57 critics.

Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “A−” on an A+ to F scale, an improvement from the first film’s B+ score. PostTrak reported 83% of audience members gave it a positive score, with 63% saying they would definitely recommend it.

Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave the film 4 stars out of 5, stating, “This sequel from writer-director John Krasinski may not quite have all its focus and intimate horror, while the borrowings from AlienJurassic Park and Jaws are admittedly more obvious this time around.

But it’s a really effective and engrossing followup, with an absolutely sensational “prelude” sequence at the top of the movie, a barnstorming shocker equal to anything in AQP1.” He also praised the performances of Millicent Simmonds and Cillian Murphy, stating that “Simmonds is an excellent performer: bold, confident and forthright, holding her own opposite the alpha-emoting presence of Murphy.”

Jeannette Catsoulis of The New York Times gave the film a positive review, stating, “…while this new installment is, like its predecessor, wonderfully acted and intuitively directed (by John Krasinski, who is solely responsible for the story this time around), it has also largely replaced the hushed horror of the original with full-on action.

Faster, coarser and far noisier, Part II sacrifices emotional depth for thriller setups that do less to advance the plot than grow the younger characters”, and, “Though in many respects an exemplary piece of filmmaking, Part II remains hobbled by a script that resolves two separate crises while leaving the movie itself in limbo.”

Justin Chang of NPR said that “A Quiet Place Part II [is] an unexpectedly resonant film for the present moment as this country slowly emerges from a crisis that—while surely less terrifying than an alien apocalypse—has revealed humanity at its best and its worst”, and praised Krasinski’s direction, saying, “Not being able to fall back on verbal exposition has forced Krasinski to become a ruthlessly efficient visual storyteller.

It’s often said that Alfred Hitchcock’s movies are so sharply directed, you could turn the sound off and still follow the action—a truth that applies to these movies as well.”

Bloody Disgusting rated the film 3.5/5 and called it “a satisfying, worthwhile sequel”. The A.V. Club gave it a B− and remarked that it was “a part two in the classic, traditional sense, echoing without quite amplifying the pleasures of its predecessor.” io9 declared that the film was “a quintessential great sequel.” Nick Allen of RogerEbert.com gave the film three out of four stars, criticizing Krasinski for not taking risks but praising its “incredibly robust and kinetic” action scenes.

 

A Quiet Place 2 (2020) Accolades

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result
Hollywood Critics Association Midseason Awards July 1, 2021 Best Picture A Quiet Place Part II Nominated
Best Actress Millicent Simmonds Won
Best Supporting Actress Emily Blunt Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Cillian Murphy Won
Best Filmmaker John Krasinski Nominated
Best Screenplay Nominated
People’s Choice Awards December 7, 2021 Best Drama Movie of 2021 A Quiet Place Part II Nominated
Best Drama Actress Emily Blunt Nominated
British Academy Film Awards March 13, 2022 Best Sound Erik Aadahl, Michael Barosky, Brandon Procter, Ethan Van der Ryn Nominated
Critics’ Choice Super Awards March 17, 2022 Best Horror Movie A Quiet Place Part II Won
Best Actor in a Horror Movie Cillian Murphy Nominated
Best Actress in a Horror Movie Millicent Simmonds Nominated
MTV Movie & TV Awards June 5, 2022 Most Frightened Performance Millicent Simmonds Nominated
Saturn Awards October 25, 2022 Best Horror Film A Quiet Place Part II Pending
Best Actress in a Film Emily Blunt Pending
Best Performance by a Younger Actor Noah Jupe Pending
Millicent Simmonds Pending

The series was given the Seal of Authentic Representation from the Ruderman Family Foundation for the portrayal of Regan Abbott by Millicent Simmonds, as an actor with a disability and at least five lines of dialogue. John Krasinski was given an Excellence in Directing prize by The Media Access Awards for a commitment to disability inclusion on the film.

 

A Quiet Place 2 (2020) Movie Info

Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.

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