A Quiet Place Part II is essentially more of the same as we see our scrappy main characters continuing to evade the monstrous space invaders who are blind but possess hypersensitive hearing. What makes this an effective sequel is that writer/director John Krasinski comes up with some exciting and clever set-pieces, employs some wildly effective editing, and, of course, he has a great cast who deliver damn good performances.
To recap the conclusion of the first picture, the character of Lee Abbott, played by Krasinski, sacrifices himself to save his children—his deaf daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds) and son Marcus (Noah Jupe)—from the creatures. Now, Lee's wife, Evelyn (Emily Blunt), along with Regan, Marcus, and her newborn baby boy, must find a safe haven. They soon meet Emmett (Cillian Murphy), a friend of Lee's who has lost his family to the creatures. Reluctantly, Emmett takes Evelyn and the kids to his bunker.
Knowing that aliens are immobilized by high-frequency audio feedback, Regan hatches a plan to reach a radio tower on a nearby island and transmit a high-frequency noise to other survivors to fight back against the invaders. Discovering that Regan has gone on this mission alone, Evelyn begs Emmett to go after her.
All of these characters are suffering from loss and that really comes across, but Krasinski never loses sight that he's making a monster movie. At one point, Krasinski cuts back and forth between three intense action sequences, and it works like gangbusters. And Murphy's character is a total badass.
A Quiet Place Part II is a fun popcorn movie and is now currently in theaters.
*** stars (out of four)