After more than a year of waiting, A Quiet Place Part II has finally landed a cinema release in the UK – and it did not disappoint.
The sequel to John Krasinski’s 2018 horror film was originally scheduled to be on the big screen at the beginning of last year, before being pushed back and rescheduled due to the pandemic, but at long last we finally got a glimpse of the monsters in action once again.
The first film ended with Lee Abbott’s (John) death, and Part II picks up right where we left off, with his wife Evelyn (Emily Blunt) tasked with moving her children, Regan (Millicent Simmonds), Marcus (Noah Jupe) and their newborn baby to look for safety.
After a moment that rivals that nail on the stairs scene from the first flick, they arrive at a creepy, seemingly-abandoned warehouse which is inhabited by former neighbour Emmett (Cillian Murphy), who gives them temporary shelter.
When Regan stumbles across something she takes for a sign of more life and secretly runs away to investigate her hunch, it’s up to Emmett to keep her safe – by whatever means necessary.
However, on their journey to uncover the truth, they find that it isn’t only monsters they need to be on the lookout for.
Emily Blunt leads the way in A Quiet Place part II (Picture: YouTube)
Cillian Murphy stars as Emmett in the horror sequel (Picture: YouTube)
The pair lead the strongest of the two intertwined plots, with Millicent shining as young Regan, who pushes past worried adults and leads the battle against the monsters, using the memory of her dad to guide her through – and it is a heartwarming journey to see her stand her ground alongside Emmett, amid all the jump-out-of-your-skin moments.
Evelyn takes her own journey, grieving for her husband while also trying to keep her family as safe as possible, using almost-empty oxygen tanks as a way to keep their baby silent so that the monsters are kept at bay. This plan has its own perils and fans will be well aware that those creatures can’t be held off for long.
Emily takes a backseat in the sequel, with her onscreen children becoming the stars beside a sublimely cautious Cillian. If we get a third instalment – and fingers crossed we do – hopefully we can see a little more from her, as well as a deeper delve into Emmett’s back story, which was only briefly touched on with a few flashes of his family before the chaos struck.
A cinematic release for A Quiet Place Part II has been a long time coming, which sometimes can hurt a film when fans have built it up in their minds for so long, but the sequel definitely didn’t suffer this fate.
John turned up the scares, the suspense and the silence, with some truly heart-stopping moments and times we were holding our breath – which truly had nothing to do with the face masks.
A Quiet Place Part II is released in cinemas in the UK on June 3.