“A Quiet Place Part II” continues the story of the Abbott family, who is trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic America where predatory aliens with supersonic hearing have wiped out most of the population. The family consists of mother Evelyn (Emily Blunt), teenage children Regan (Millicent Simmonds) and Marcus (Noah Jupe), and an infant son. The kids’ father, Lee (Krasinski), died in the first movie, but returns for a flashback cameo in “Part II.” Regan is deaf (as is Simmonds), which gives her and her family an advantage, because they’re adept at nonverbal communication, and the amplified feedback from Regan’s cochlear implant can incapacitate the aliens long enough to kill them.
While fleeing from monsters, Evelyn and the kids encounter Emmett (Cillian Murphy), a friend of Lee’s who’s survived by becoming a very hard, scary man. He’s still willing to help people in need, and he and Regan set off on a journey of their own to try and find other survivors they can assist. Meanwhile, Evelyn tries to save Marcus and the baby from aliens attacking their hiding space.
Critics enjoyed the movie, and it has a 91% “Fresh” rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Some critics thought it was a little better than the first movie, some a little worse, but most agreed that it’s a worthy sequel. “The new film has inevitably lost the concision of the last, in the same way the minimalist frights of ‘Alien’ were swapped for the wham-bam action of ‘Aliens’… In other instances, though, the stakes have been raised,” the New Statesman’s Ryan Gilbey wrote in his review of the film.
If you didn’t see “A Quiet Place Part II” in theaters, you should definitely add it to your Paramount+ list.