How A Quiet Place Creates Suspense - Opening Scene Breakdown


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Published: 9 months ago
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In this essay I give a breakdown and analysis of the 8 minute opening sequence of A Quiet Place, and try to show how John Krasinski creates tension and reveals information to the audience.

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don't act like that script was a master peace. the details are nice but the kid putting the batters back in is realy dumb the dad not taking the battery is dump. the intro tells me that this movie is going to movie in the end and it did.aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh after a hand converation conversation with one of them being attacked ,you got to be kidding me. this movie is middle of the road at best and shouldn't get videos like this.

1 month ago

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1 month ago

Am i the only person who thought this film was absolutely TERRIBLE?? I'm a HUGE Horror fan ( i know it's not horror) so i love Films where you antagonist is missing for a long time. But you see the thing grab the kid, and as soon as i saw it, it was movie over for me... the least scary looking thing I've seen in a movie basically. I couldn't take it seriously after that.

2 months ago

such a good video wowwoowwowow

2 months ago

The whole premise of the movie is so preposterous that I have no desire to watch it. I'm speaking of the extreme silence of the family when nature itself makes much more noise nonstop....the rustling of the leaves, wind, paper blowing around, and when it rains, etc. These natural sounds would more than mask any minor sounds the family would make. Seriously, they know these monsters are in the woods, yet they're inside a building and afraid to open and eat a bag of chips, while at same time outside leaves are blowing around, birds are chirping!? And walking around barefoot when they could be wearing soft athletic shoes. The father carries no fire arm to protect family while on their regular scheduled walk into town for supplies...did the monsters confiscate all fire arms?

4 months ago

It is interesting to learn that the scene was added later. When looking at the sequence afterwards (evening time, making dinner and ending with the raccoon getting caught) it still has a lot of exposition, but the whole movie would have felt a lot more hermetic without establishing that "outside" first. The change of scenery also makes it look a lot less low budget.

8 months ago

8:53 and then it happens... your fear of the unknown is long gone

Also I disagree on there being hope. If there was just the tiniest bit then yeah it was for the father, hoping that he could outrun the alien. The thing is they're explicitly showing things happen to the viewers, there's no subtlety . Showing the kid take the batteries, showing the monster in its entirety. The filmmakers were like here, THIS is what ur supposed to be afraid of. Like we're dumb or something? If they wanted to invoke hope, then.. since they showed the father place the batteries on the table, they could've shown the table being empty in one of the following shots. In that case then we could've been hopeful, maybe the kid just placed it somewhere else? Or completely cynical, oh he definitely took those batteries with him . At least there's room for actual hope? Not delusions... oh he took the batteries, maybe he's just gon juggle them? I don't think so

8 months ago

This is GREAT. Thank you!!!

8 months ago

Such an intelligent and incredibly detailed analysis!
You add so much depth with each video, it makes my appreciation of the material so much richer!
Thank you!

8 months ago

Also the sand they have laid out through out the town to walk silently.

8 months ago

Excellent breakdown, such an awesome movie!

9 months ago

My main dislike of the movie is that it didn't let me eat my popcorn!

9 months ago

Exactly. I had anxiety thinking about how I was going to be able to sneak in bites of popcorn when the audio was loud enough to cover up the grabbing and chewing of the popcorn

2 months ago

this video is fantastic

9 months ago

This is great. You have a methodical, pacing-sensitive way of breaking scenes down that is digestible, nutritional, and flavorful - to follow the food metaphor.

9 months ago

Fantastic analysis bro, keep it up! I really enjoy these kinds of videos!

9 months ago

Oh I wouldn't make a sound opening those sacks of chips if I needed too, trust me. Just go real slow

9 months ago

The more you think about that movie, the less it makes sense. I just noticed the missing person notes now. Why would people be missing? Wouldn't the creatures just rampage through every sound making thing in the city, nobody would be wondering where all the people went.

I did like the opening scene though. Seeing the monster at full speed looked cool, cutting to the title screen.

9 months ago

Do they know where to flee towards? And if they fled - would they use a device which triggers several explosions per second?

8 months ago

Exactly this. It is really contrasting that people didn't have time to use their cars to flee the town, but there are dozens of missing people posters. It just doesn't make sense.

9 months ago

Most likely the monsters didn't invade the entire world instantly. Maybe it was just a few at first, killing people when they went out to the woods or something.

9 months ago

No one can make 800 pages of badminton interesting like David Foster Wallace.

9 months ago

It’s beautiful.

9 months ago

d a r w i n i s m

9 months ago

Love watching your scenes review, they always make me want watch the movie again. I didn't watch Baby Driver before you made that scene review video, but I knew the movie was good just because you bothered to make a video of it. And the movie was better then I expected. I watched A Quiet Place at the theaters and I thought of it as one of the best movies of this year. I'm curious as to why do you say in your very first sentence that the movie isn't perfect? Will there be another video about this movie?

9 months ago

The movie excluded the first days. It is plausible that the measures of communication have broken down first, as they rely on sound. All wireless communication is fragile and will disappear on day one. Also there is no transportation. So even if anyone 100 kilometers away would have found it out, that information would not reach anybody. If someone would have found it who later died, the information would be lost with him (which also shows the need for the radio, even with the risk its sound means).

We don't know how the creatures hunt. They might remember their hunting grounds, so communities have to spread out, so rather than fleeing towards other cities the people might spread over the countryside, while the cities remain scavenging grounds and the most likely place to meet other survivors.

The magic is that much is possible because the movie left room. Which worries me about sequels. They will have to give more information and at some point there won't be enough of a gap left to our reality to hide the implausibilities.

8 months ago

Thomas Flight Just a thought: the reason Krasinski never tells us if the world has figured out the weakness or not is because the movie is supposed to be exclusive to the characters prospectives. They don’t know if the world has figured it out or not, and it’s not until their greatest time of need that they finally discover it. I’m sure that the filmmakers will explore the state of the world more in the sequel they green-lit. Again, just thought I’d through that out there.

9 months ago

It's sets up it's story very well and builds tension and suspense very nicely. But there were a few plot details involved with defeating the monsters that bothered me. "How did nobody ever figure that out" kind of details. The issues I have with the film don't keep it from being an enjoyable experience for most people, but it's those kind of things that don't hold up to much scrutiny on repeat viewings (at least for me).

I don't have plans to make another video about the film. A lot of what I wanted to say about it are things I covered in this video. But, who knows!

9 months ago