Our review rating (out of 5): ♥♥♥♥
Plot summary: The story focuses on a family living in a silent world – you don’t know why or how it happened but creatures who hunt purely on sound have wiped out most of the population and so the Abbott family (husband and wife Lee and Evelyn) and their children Regan (who is congenitally deaf), Marcus and Beau must live in complete silence, communicating through sign language.
What we liked: The acting is excellent – we’ve always been fans of Emily Blunt, but her husband John Krasinski (who has been known more for his comedic rather than dramatic roles) is also brilliant and the child actors (Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe) definitely do not let the cast down. It’s also a really interesting premise and watching a horror movie with very minimal dialogue where the majority of scenes are very quiet adds to the intensity and is very effective for a horror movie. You also find that you become emotionally attached to the characters and the themes of family and how far parents would go to protect their children are very present.
What we didn’t like: There are some definite plot holes and a lot of questions left unanswered (although we know a possible sequel is being discussed) – some of the reviews on IMDb are very amusing on this! Plus, the creatures themselves look like they’re out of “Alien vs Predator” and we can’t help thinking that they’d be more effective if they were more “ghost like”!