|Ratings||UK: 15, USA: PG-13, Denmark: 15|
|Source of story||The first of these two films. This carrying on straight from the first.|
|Starring||Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Cillian Murphy, John Krasinski, Noah Jupe, Djimon Housou|
|Ratings||IMDb: 7.5 by 75,000 people. Rotten Tomatoes: 91% by 314 critics.|
Elevator Pitch: The Abbot family escape from their burning house, Evelyn carrying her baby, Regan, who is deaf, consulting a map. Lee, the father, has been killed. Regan has her hearing aide, which they know will make the creatures, who rely on sound to find their prey, vulnerable if its feedback is broadcast. The family manage to reach a former steelworks where Emmett ,a neighbour, is holed up. There are moderately secure spaces, but Emmett says there is nothing left there. Regan sets out alone to find sanctuary and Evelyn persuades Emmet to follow her. Everyone is now at risk. Can they survive?
Content: There is no sex or nudity and just a bit of peripheral drinking. In a prologue we see the arrival of the aliens and the initial destruction. The family speak in sign language (in my case subtitles in Spanish). Emmett survives in the steelworks by using a furnace as a refuge, but if they close the door they run out of air. The sound of the deaf aide feedback is used at times to make the creatures vulnerable to gunshots. There is a moment when renegades attack Regan and Emmett. And we never know who will make a noise which will result in an attack.
A View: This was well liked by the critics and made its production cost back on its first weekend. I found myself reading the very few adverse reviews, mainly because I wanted to know what motivates these creatures. The best idea I can come up with is that they are “cleaners” preparing the planet for the arrival of a new population. But who knows. Emily Blunt looks pained, Millicent Simmonds looks determined and Noah Jupe looks stupid. Cillian Murphy who excels as the taciturn hero. But despite its shortcomings well worth the hour and a half it occupies.
Additional Info: The film was premiered in March 2020, but was held for over a year before general release, due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
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