A family of five, Lee, (John Krasinski) Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and their three children Regan, Marcus, and Beau (Millicent Simmonds, Cade Jupe, and Noah Woodward) live on a farm in complete silence. The world is now inhabited by creatures that hunt by sound. They have a bit of an advantage. Their daughter Regan is deaf meaning the entire family already knows sign language but day to day life is still a struggle. Especially now that Evelyn is pregnant.
After seeing the first teaser trailer, I knew immediately that I wanted to see this and that I wanted to know as little as possible going in. I honestly would not have even chose to watch the second trailer released if it hadn't been attached to some movies I'd seen. That paid off, not because the movie itself is so unpredictable, but it helps put you in the atmosphere.
Calling this movie tense is an understatement. It's almost completely silent. There's maybe 10-15 lines of spoken dialogue in this entire film. It makes you constantly nervous about noise. I saw this in an empty theater and I flinched when I heard the heater kick in. What elevates this are the characters. It's so easy for characters in horror movies to make dumb choices and these people, while not perfect don't fall victim to awful decisions. (Well, aside from getting pregnant in the first place, I suppose)
It's not free of tropes, but the film does everything so well that it earns the right to use them. Simmonds and Jupe don't have any of the typical annoying kid characteristics and I really cared about them. Krasinski and Blunt obviously have wonderful chemistry together, and this directorial effort from him is far better than his previous film, The Hollars. He really captured the mood and brought out the best in his actors.