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A Quiet Place Part 2 4K Review

“A Quiet Place Part 2” is on par with the first (if not better).

After an intense opening flashback to the Abbott family during the aliens’ arrival on Earth, the sequel continues where the first film left off. Homeless and possessing knowledge of how to combat the aliens with audio feedback, the now widowed Evelyn and her 3 children Regan, Marcus, and her newborn son seeks out survivors. They encounter an old family friend named Emmett who has experienced great loss. Emmett eventually joins Regan in a mission to find a radio broadcast tower that can be used to weaponize the audio feedback. It may or may not be located near another group of survivors. While those 2 are off on their quest, Evelyn searches for medical supplies while Marcus looks after the baby. Of course, all of them have to survive the vicious alien creatures who are still lurking about.

Written and directed by John Krasinski (who also appears via flashback), “A Quiet Place Part 2” may share a lot of similarities to the first installment, but it also continues the story, contains more world building (namely the focus on the outside world and the survivor factions), and develops the core characters more. The first film primarily revolved around the parents while this sequel is very much a showcase for the children characters learning to survive and handle themselves in the face of danger. In that respect it almost plays like a coming-of-age movie (albeit a post-apocalyptic one). 

For those into this franchise for the monsters, I’m happy to report there are plenty of intense sequences involving the ferocious aliens. The lengthy opening flashback in particular is among the best sequences in the entire series so far. 

Performance wise, there are two stand outs here. Cillian Murphy brings a lot to the table here as the new character Emmett. He’s a broken man who is learning to live again. Millicent Simmonds may have been a breakout in the first film, but she’s even better here. She is pretty much the star of this film and her character journey guides the sequel. Surprisingly, Emily Blunt has less to do here. Sure, she’s good in the scenes she is in, but her character takes a backseat to others. 

Now, if you were driven mad by some of the preposterous character actions in the first film, I’m afraid to say the sequel does offer up more of the same. There are more than a few instances that will have viewers howling “What are you doing?” yet again. Is it infuriating? Absolutely, but it’s done for the sake of drama so I get it.

Overall Thoughts: If you like “A Quiet Place” I would be surprised if you don’t like “A Quiet Place Part 2.” By the time the sequel ends you’ll be ready for a third (and whatever other spin-off may came down the pike). 

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 2160p with HDR. How does it look? Expect a pristine print.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? There may be a number of quiet scenes but every noise has a big impact (especially during creature attack scenes).


Extras (all on the Blu-ray disc):
* Blu-ray copy
* Digital copy
* “Director’s Diary: Filming With John Krasinski”- 9 ½ minutes of set footage, film clips, and Krasinski providing some discussions about everything from location shooting to the character arcs.
* “Pulling Back the Curtain”- An overview of the sequel. Interviews, film clips and set footage are included.
* “Regan’s Journey”- A featurette on the character’s arc.
* “Surviving The Marina”- A featurette on the marina sequence.
* “Detectable Disturbance: Visual Effects And Sound Design”- The title says it all.

August 4, 2021 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , , ,

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