Sequels to enjoyable and successful movies tend to be a bit of a letdown, but when you have the same director and cast and a great script you can have a follow-up that is just as enjoyable, and A Quiet Place Part II is such a film.
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.
The film gets off to a fabulous start, set just before the alien invasion begins, and it shows the terrifying first encounters with the creatures and the havoc they cause to the humans as they try to work out what is happening. The film then takes us to the immediate time after the ending of the first film with the family trying to seek safe refuge from the creatures while trying to be a silent as possible and with a small baby that is not an easy task.
They come across an old family friend, Emmett (Cillian Murphy), who reluctantly helps them and decides to give them shelter. But while they might have a way of beating the aliens, the family are about to realise that the aliens might not be the only threat to them.
The tension is quickly built up, and the set pieces are done very well. The creatures are rightly only seen in fast glimpses and are all the more horrific because of it.
Millicent Simmonds is really the lead in this one, giving a fabulous performance as the daughter who is trying so hard to be like her dad. All the other cast are excellent and although the 2nd half of the film is similar to the first, it still holds enough tension and drama to keep you entertained throughout. It does leave it open for part 3, whether doing that is a wise move is debatable.
A blu ray release is now available……
7.5 out of 10