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'A Quiet Place: Day One', more scares and terror at the beginning of everything

Lupita Nyong'o and Joseph Quinn carry the story of survival on their shoulders

'A Quiet Place: Day One' is the third film in the saga of the same name and serves as a prequel to the original story. It follows a handful of new characters in New York on the first day of the big alien invasion.

The story seeks to provide answers to all those questions about the how and why of murderous monsters with hypersensitive hearing.

Criticism is torn between applause and indifference. The AP agency, for example, believes that the beauty of 'A Quiet Place' is lost, anchored to the silly mystery. “We were dropped into this apocalyptic world with a very simple but challenging rule: if you make noise, you die.”

According to the agency's review, in the first two films the lack of information played in favor of this family that is only trying to survive (and give birth to a baby in silence!). It is also highlighted that the sequel worked mainly because it intelligently chose to continue that same journey where it left off.

But 'A Quiet Place: Day One', directed and co-written by Michael Sarnoski (who shares credits with John Krasinski), changes the focus.


Far from showing the reality of the Abbott family, it follows a new character, Sam (Lupita Nyong'o). The woman is dying of cancer. From there, she is bitter, sarcastic and evil. Her redemption lies in the idea of ​​“saving the cat” (she won't let Frodo die). With this, the hostile character is transformed into a convincing hero.

He is accompanied by Joseph Quinn, who plays a British law student named Eric. They both have deeply expressive saucer-sized eyes that make dialogue almost unnecessary.

In the film, Sarnoski doesn't stop at answering questions about the monsters. In fact, he barely mentions how everyone realizes they must remain silent. It would have been kind of interesting to see someone figure it out or, say, try to persuade a small child to believe it.

The connection with “Part II” arises through Djimon Hounsou, fleetingly, since the story itself is quite concentrated on Sam and Eric.

There's something compelling about the idea of ​​what a terminally ill person might do on the first day of the apocalypse, and Nyong'o is powerful and heartbreaking. Unlike Eric, a character underdeveloped to make much sense.

What 'Day One' does offer is more terror, monsters, massacres, shocks and disturbing memories of September 11. Its duration is 100 minutes.

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