Review | A Quiet Place: Day One


A terminally ill woman trades her hospice for horror when aliens invade the Earth.

Review © 2024 by Flytrap

A Quiet Place: Day One

Written by: Michael Sarnoski, John Krasinski

Directed by: Michael Sarnoski

Starring: Lupita Nyong’o, Joseph Quinn, Djimon Hounsou, Alex Wolff and a bunch of other people who usually die quickly.

Rated PG-13
Running time: 100 mins

After the aliens crash into New York (and apparently the rest of the world), Samira learns quickly they zero in on sounds. Deciding she wants to go home, rather than be rescued, she picks up another fugitive and they make their way through a lot of rubble and screaming otherwordly immigrants.

I will say that this looked good. The effects and score were top-notch and there is no doubting that Quinn, Hounsou, and Nyong’o are top-notch actors. this should have been pretty awesome.

But it was so slow and plodding at times that it gave me too much time to examine what bothered me about it. The aliens were just a device; they had no personality nor apparent motive. The notion that they attacked every sound made little sense to me — in a crumbling city, there are gonna be LOTS of noises. There was no real plot; they just wanted to get from here to there and not get snatched up. There were very few moments of real tension and jump scares don’t count. I didn’t find the lack of dialog to be used well. And that damn cat just didn’t make sense. I’m not gonna say why — spoilers — but if you see it, you’ll understand.

I did not enjoy this and cannot recommend it. It is probably too intense for young children. There are no mid/post-credit scenes, so you can move out silently once they start to roll.

Flytrap rating: 6/10

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