ON EARTH… NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU
Okay let me just start by saying, this movie is not for the faint of heart or those easily perturbed. I will not try to spoil anything in this review so I will begin it with the simple phrase… oh my lord, holy crap this movie is fantastic. I already knew John Krasinski (The Office, 13 Hours) was an amazing actor just from him being in one of my favorite films, “13 Hours”, but I did not know he was this talented of a writer too. This is one of the very few movies that had me on the edge of my seat with my jaw on the ground through the entire run time.
The movie is more of a thriller rather than a horror, focusing on a family in what you could call a very stressful time. The movie seemed to have taken a lot of inspiration from the 1979 movie “Alien” by Ridley Scott, with its intensity, the fact that you never knew what was right around the corner and the monster being very similar to the “perfect hunter” idea that the whole point of the Xenomorph was. You could also tell that the movie took some of its other ideas from Cloverfield with both being Paramount movies and both dealing with monsters that you have no idea about. Supposedly, even once being thought of as a possible sequel and addition to the Cloverfield cinematic universe.
If this movie had a tagline it would be “What else could possibly go wrong”. The movie has a very quiet start but immediately hits the ground running not even five minutes into it throwing you from the back of your seat to the edge within moments. Although the movie followed some stereotypical thriller movie tropes, the events that took place before them did not make the fact that you saw these tropes coming a mile away, any less impactful. I give credit to all involved with this movie, and praise it for being one of the only movies to keep me on my toes for 95 minutes straight.
I highly recommend this movie to all those who would like a change from the normal bad comedy or superhero movie that fills our theaters nowadays. I feel as thought this movie deserves much more praise than it is getting and is being horribly overshadowed by other films and their release dates. But I will say, if you choose to watch this movie….. Be prepared for a hell of a time.