The hugely awaited sequel of this one-of-its-kind monster saga brings back all the goods from its original and infuses it with more action, adventure and emotions, making it yet another gripping and engaging saga of beating the odds for living another day. The first scene itself is so arresting that it sets the stage for all the thrill that is going to come your way, and it never feels forced or misplaced. This is because at the core of it, co-writer and director John Krasinski ensures that it remains a powerful story of human relationships. It’s the story of a family in the grips of terror and tension. ‘A Quiet Place II’ is as much about dodging, combating and surviving the killing machines from another world, as it is about familial bond and true love. Something that hits home with all of us, especially, given the hard times we have seen recently.
This time, however, it’s the Gen Next of the Abbotts, especially the young Regan played deftly by Millicent Simmonds, who takes the lead in this fight for survival. The teenager is at her expressive best playing the steely Regan, who fights the blind beasts like a warrior despite her physical shortcoming. In fact, she uses it to her advantage. Emily Blunt is superb as always, looking every bit the distraught yet determined mother (Evelyn), who will do whatever it takes to save her family. Cillian Murphy is aptly cast as the supporting friend Emmett, whose apprehensions to help his former neighbours and subsequent heroics are both equally justified. All the action feels organic and very much needed in a precarious set up that comes alive onscreen with Polly Morgan’s sharp cinematography, Marco Beltrami’s urgency-inducing background score and Michael P. Shawver’s crisp edit.
Sure, this part doesn’t have much novelty in terms of its execution and the core conflict. However, the makers successfully cash in on familiar fears and the now famous silencing tactics by the film’s beleaguered characters. This gives them enough room to be different from the rest in the genre. All in all, ‘A Quiet Place Part II’ is quite the nail-biting, twisted and terrific thriller that will keep you on the edge of the seat as much as the first one.