A Quiet Place: Day One

A Quiet Place: Day One

As New York City is invaded by alien creatures who hunt by sound, a woman named Sammy fights to survive.

  • Released: 2024-03-06
  • Runtime: 99 minutes
  • Genre: Horror, Thrillers
  • Stars: Lupita Nyong'o, Alex Wolff, Joseph Quinn, Djimon Hounsou, Cain Aiden, Jennifer Woodward, Elijah Ungvary
  • Director: Michael Sarnoski, Michael Sarnoski
  • ReviewsbyAustinSalameda - 4 July 2024
    Human Connection, Kindness and Autonomy
    Much of the appeal of a Quiet Place stems from the premise of not making a sound or else you die. Like silent movies of old, or black and white films, there is a certain degree of focus on what the film wants to showcase due to the inherent handicap of using minimal sound and dialogue. It consequently elevates the story than in an otherwise normal set-up.

    A Quiet Place (2018) became a global phenomenon when it released. It allowed a unique type of immersion where cinema goers themselves tried their best to limit even the crunch of their popcorns due to how it affected the experience. Its iconic to the point that a meme was passed around on the internet involving a nail, a reminder of a certain scene that is likely burned into the memories of everyone who has watched it.

    The personal draw I have for the franchise is how in the grand scheme, it's more science fiction than horror. It basically has the DNA of Ridley Scott's Alien.

    Most apocalyptic settings tend to show humans turned into desperate bandits for survival as showcased in A Quiet Place 2 (2020) but more often this franchise leans more on the protagonists being decent human beings who try their best to foster a community and survive.

    The Spin-off: Day One takes place in New York and expands on the first day of the attack that was previously shown in the prologue of the second film. It establishes that people quickly knew that the invaders are attracted to sound - transforming the film into the iconic world of A Quiet Place as early as the opening scenes and giving the runtime enough to tell a more intimate story in line with its horror tropes while keeping the mysteries behind the aliens intact.

    The choice of having a terminally ill protagonist with a service cat as main characters provides an initial bleakness. Lupita Nyongo's Sam had scenes where she replaces a transdermal fentanyl patch alluding to her disease causing her pain. This together with the cat may give viewers hints that there may be scenes where she will be unable to suppress her pain or the animal makes a sound and puts them in danger. Without spoiling too much I would say that these expectations are realistically subverted.

    While everybody is trying to survive, Sam knowing she'll die anytime of her disease takes a saddle on her life and walks in another direction, aiming to live long enough to get at least one last bite of pizza from her favorite New York store, relive her best memories and die at her own terms.

    The beauty of this motivation is further supplemented by the arrival of Joseph Quinn's Eric, a shell-shocked law student and survivor who instead of moving towards the evacuation sites, chose instead to help her see through her mission.

    In one way or another, both characters end up saving each other's lives as the film relates to the audience the importance of human connection, kindness and autonomy. The film starts bleak, but ends hopeful.
  • ahmdemir-86645 - 3 July 2024
    keep quiet they are coming
    Hello everyone, first of all, I love this movie series. I don't know where to start, the movie was really good. It was a movie full of excitement, tension and fear from beginning to end. Especially the cat scene made me very nervous, I was afraid something would happen to it.so the cat continued until the end I was very Of course there were flaws, but it's still worth watching. The scenes with the monster should have been a little more. It would have been great if there were monsters against different people. Other than that, it was a breathtaking, very intelligent film.the actors were very successfulworth watching be sure to watch the movie...
  • fletc47 - 3 July 2024
    Fun mad-cap cat adventure film
    I went in expecting an alien invasion film and instead got a 90-minute cat adventure movie with an adorable feline that ran, pounced and even swam his way into our hearts all amidst the backdrop of a city in the grip of a terrible alien invasion of remarkably acute hearing other-worldly beings.

    But, this cat was remarkable! Reminded me of a feline themed Benji movie, but instead of a scrappy stray, this film's hero is a cute black and white tabby that I'm sure is destined for a sequel...maybe a zombie apocalypse film next? All I can say, is I'm ready for more cat hi-jinx and I for one want to scratch that little cutie behind the ears.