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||An original screenplay
||Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, John Krasinski (Story by Bryan Woods, Scott Beck)
||I was amused by the fact that critic Mark Kermode said on the radio that he had sent a tweet to the cast and to Michael Bay congratulating them, but actually he might have been out-tweeted by Stephen King, who also congratulated the director.
||Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe
||A family is surviving in rural New England in the near future where the world has been invaded by creatures who, when they hear the sound of a human, will engulf them in their terrible jaws. On a visit to a supermarket for supplies, where nobody has taken the crisps, the teenage daughter gives the youngest boy a battery powered toy, and on then way home he activates it with terrible results. The family are distraught, the daughter feels overwhelming guilt and the mother is pregnant. Have the aliens any weaknesses? If not how are they to survive?
||There is a lot of quiet and the family use sign language, maybe their one strength, because the teenage daughter is deaf. There is constant tension, the only relief from the need for silence is when two family members go to a river to fish and there is water noise. As the time of the birth approaches the teenage daughter becomes more stroppy, the wife is left alone and the aliens prowl in the darkness.
||I’m starting a new list, the films which made their production costs back on the first weekend in the cinema, and this oeuvre did it easily. There are subtitles to help you (In Spanish in the cinema I went to in Madrid) and it is not totally silent. There is music and suitable noises on the soundtrack. If you enjoy a film where things go bump in the night (and in this case in the day as well) don’t miss it.