By Lee Romero
A QUIET PLACE (2018) was one of those films that surprised everyone. An original concept of survival that puzzled, yet intrigued many during promos, the film wound up a nail-biting, intense, engaging, fun, and successful experience. Directed by John Krasinski, AQP garnered so much respect, Paramount went ahead and greenlit a sequel. Wrapped up and ready for a release date of March 20, 2020, the Sci-Fi / thriller was one of the major, anticipated films of 2020 hit by the pandemic. While setbacks can be disappointing, if anything, A QUIET PLACE PART II probably generated even more build-up as its set for a Memorial Day weekend (2021) release.
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.
Piecing the film by presenting the past and into the present, harsh change is inevitable as we very well know, especially after this last year. For that alone, AQP2 encompasses a sense of relatability. Overall, the film does provide a continuous unsettling feeling of intrigue and intensity. If navigating this new world based on silence was the only form of survival, think again. It goes way beyond that. But the good thing is that the narrative presents hope for humanity to continue to exist. Presenting a backdrop of new scenarios, AQP2 also provides us with a set of new characters. A standout, Dijmon Hounsou, whose portrayal of a knowledgeable, mystery man habiting an island serves as the possible glue the binds survivors as a community.
Granted the chance to speak to Mr. Hounsou more than a year ago regarding his involvement with the production, character, and film’s theme a overall, the clever actor was a charm and insightful to chat with. This conversation literally took place a week before NYC pandemic pause. Here it is finally uncensored and for your enjoyment.
A QUIET PLACE PART II
MAY 28, 2021
Starring: Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphny, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, and Djimon Hounsou
Directed by John Krasinski