Thursday, August 19, 2021

[4K Ultra HD Review] - A Quiet Place Part II (2020)

Did anyone else besides me forget about A Quite Place Part II even existed? 2018's A Quiet Place was a slick and suspenseful science fiction horror hybrid that I thoroughly enjoyed, except for the sudden cliffhanger ending. At one point in time, I was excited about John Krasinski's follow-up. Then the Covid-19 pandemic hit, and the sequel's theatrical release date got tossed around from March 2020 to September 2020. Then it got postponed to April 2021, pushed back to September 2021, and bumped up to May 28, 2021. Considering the world we currently live in, the sequel did alright at the box office, taking in over $290 million worldwide.

A Quite Place Part II landed on 4K Ultra HD (+Blu-ray + Digital), Blu-ray (+Digital), and DVD) on July 27th. The Digital HD came out July 13th. Paramount Home Entertainment kindly sent me the 4K Ultra HD combo pack to review, and as you can see by the post date, I'm two weeks late! Sorry, Paramount. Unfortunately, life happens, and a small-time blogger gets behind on his posts. 

The 4K Ultra HD only contains the feature film. The special features on the Blu-ray disc, which include Director's Diary: Filming with John Krasinski, Pulling Back the Curtain, Regan's Journey, Surviving the Marina, Detectable Disturbance: Visual Effects and Sound Design.

The sequel picks up exactly where the 2018 film left off. Well, not right away. The opening minutes are a prequel with John Krasinski returning as husband and father, Lee Abbot. We, the viewers, get an intense glance at the beginning of the alien invasion. Then the film returns to the present, where Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and her two oldest children, Regan (Millicent Simmonds) and Marcus (Noah Jupe), prepare to leave their now-destroyed home. With the newborn baby safely sleeping in a box (Don't worry, there's an oxygen mask.), the Abbot family carefully travels on foot in search of other survivors.

The Abbots take refuge at an abandoned steel foundry, where they run into Lee's old friend, Emmett (Cillian Murphy). (Trying not to give away spoilers, I'm going to skip over several things that occurred.) After hearing a radio message, Regan goes on a quest to locate a boat. She's hoping she can find an island inhabited by survivors. However, due to her being deaf, going on such a journey is extremely dangerous, especially with the blind creatures around every corner. She must trust Emmett to help find a haven for her family.

Marcus (Noah Jupe), Regan (Millicent Simmonds), and Evelyn (Emily Blunt) brave the unknown in "A Quiet Place Part II."

Final Thoughts

A Quite Place Part II is less of a sequel and more like a direct continuation of the first film, like the second part of a miniseries. It continues the same storyline and themes while at the same time expanding the landscape for a potential franchise. With the surprising success at the box office, there will be sequels and spinoffs coming soon.

Is the sequel as good as the first film? I've asked myself this very question repeatedly, and for the life of me, I cannot sum up my final thoughts for the sequel. In a way, A Quiet Place Part II is the same movie as the original. The only differences are the characters are put into different situations. And just like the 2018 film, the ending is left open-ended. Wait for a second! What am I saying? The movie doesn't end. Things happened, characters become separated from each other, and the credits roll. I'm guessing that Part III will pick up exactly where Part II leaves off.

Overall, A Quiet Place Part II is an intensely fast-paced thriller with solid acting from the entire cast, especially Millicent Simmonds and Cillian Murphy. 

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