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Richland Chronicle 5/07/24
Richland Chronicle 5/07/24

ONLINE ONLY: All ‘Quiet’ on the prequel-sequel front

Joseph Quinn and Lupita Nyong’o star in “A Quiet Place: Day One.” (Photo/IMDb.com)

“A Quiet Place:  Day One” is a movie I liked, but I don’t think it’s as good as the two previous entries in the series that were directed by John Krasinski.

In the second sequel, which is a prequel, there are just two main stars, Lupita Nyong’o as Samira and Joseph Quinn as Eric.  By now, most moviegoers are familiar with the premise:  Make noise and the alien monsters pounce almost immediately.

In “Day One,” New York City is invaded and almost all humans are on the verge of being wiped out.  Samira, who lives in a group home in another city, is visiting New York to see a movie on the big screen and eat a pizza.

Samira and Eric learn the rules on the fly of make no sound to stay alive.  They witness the demise of many in the Big Apple who are oblivious to what the creatures are and their intentions until it’s too late, however.

Despite the small group of main actors, Nyong’o, a Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner in 2012 for “12 Years a Slave,” and Quinn (“Stranger Things” on TV) deliver the goods right on cue.

Lest we forget, Samira has a companion, Frodo the cat, her service animal.

The first two installments of “A Quiet Place,” directed and co-written by Krasinski, who also starred in the first one, were enthralling as all get out.  I was mildly amused by this one, but not as taken in by the proceedings.

Michael Sarnoski (“Pig”), who took over as director while Krasinski was busy with the comic-drama “IF,” did a good job by following the playbook of keeping up the intensity for the viewers.  Many in the audience were probably clinching their fingers on their seats.

I will probably watch this one again, but not anytime soon.  I’ll put it on the back burner.  There are too many other movies to watch in my life.

Grade:  B+

 

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