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Film / A Quiet Place Part II

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Evelyn: There are people out there worth saving.
Emmett: You don't know, do you? I do. The people that are left, they're not the kind of people worth saving.

A Quiet Place Part II is the 2021 sequel to the 2018 horror film A Quiet Place, written and directed by John Krasinski. It stars Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, and Millicent Simmonds, all reprising their roles from the first movie. Newcomers include Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou.

Shortly after the events of the first film, the surviving members of the Abbott family — Evelyn, Marcus, Regan, and the baby — leave their farm in search of survivors, only to discover that the sound-hunting monsters aren't the only dangers in their path...

The film had its world premiere on March 8, 2020, in New York City, shortly before the COVID-19 Pandemic forced the global shutdowns of movie theaters worldwide. After a series of delays, it was finally released on May 28, 2021. In February 2021, it was announced the film will be made available on Paramount+ 45 days after its theatrical release (July 12, 2021).


Previews: Trailer, Super Bowl TV spot.

A Quiet Place Part II contains examples of:

  • Accidental Murder: During the prologue, a woman's cell phone rings while a group of people are hiding in a pub, allowing an alien to find and kill some of them.
  • Action Girl: Regan becomes this and a Handicapped Badass by the end of the movie, seeing as how she beats an alien to death with a microphone stand.
  • Actionized Sequel: This movie has a sequence set during the first few hours of the invasion, which consists of the aliens demolishing things left and right and even appearing to drive an out of control, speeding bus to catch up to their targets. Furthermore, because the aliens now have a known, exploitable weakness, there are more sequences of humans fighting back against the aliens rather than being forced to run and hide as in the previous film.
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  • Agony of the Feet: This film manages to outdo the first one. There are numerous shots of the Abbott family's bloody feet as they travel across miles of rough terrain barefoot. Adding to that, Evelyn still has her nail wound, Marcus steps in a Bear Trap early on, and Emmett gets a leg injury towards the end of the movie.
  • Asshole Victim: The thugs at the dock who ambush Emmett and Regan, only to be slaughtered by the aliens, definitely qualify as this. The ringleader, in particular, gets treated to a very drawn out mauling at the hands of one of the aliens.
  • Badass and Child Duo: Emmett and Regan become this in the second half of the film.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Regan gets cornered on a train and, though she's able to disorient the alien and even take a bit of its face off with a shotgun blast, she misses and the alien gets too close for her to reload in time. Thankfully, Emmett arrives just in time.
    • In the prologue, a cop saves Lee and Regan by blasting at an alien with a shotgun,
  • Black Dude Dies First: Officer Ronnie and the man Emmet meets at the marina are the only notable characters with significant dialogue to die in the film.
  • Call-Back: Like in the previous film, the movie ends abruptly right after a major change in the situation. The previous film ends with Regan discovering a frequency that renders the aliens helpless and vulnerable; this film ends with Regan setting things up such that anyone with a radio has access to that frequency.
  • Call-Forward: As Lee shops at the supermarket in the prologue, the camera hangs on the toy rocket that eventually causes Beau's death.
  • The Cameo:
    • Writer/Director John Krasinski appears as Lee in the Just Before the End sequence mentioned below.
    • Beau, the youngest child that died at the beginning of the first movie, appears in the flashback at the start of the movie by means of Fake Shemp.
  • Censored Child Death: What happens to the little girl who trapped Emmett. She was definitely a bad guy, in help with the bandits, but her outcome is handwaved to keep a PG-13 rating.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In the prologue, Regan teaches Emmett the ASL sign for "dive" which comes in later when he uses it to warn her before he sicks the aliens on the bandits.
  • Cool Car: The red sportscar, which Emmett and Regan use to get to the radio station.
  • Daylight Horror: The prologue reveals that all hell broke loose on an average sunny day.
  • Dead Star Walking: Djimon Hounsou is one of the biggest names in the cast, but isn't introduced until the third act and dies soon thereafter. He isn't even given a name.
  • Demoted to Extra: Not quite "extra", but in the second half of the movie, Evelyn is not quite as important to the story as Regan's journey to reach the radio tower. At the end of the movie, it is Marcus who kills the monster that is stalking the two of them while Evelyn watches with the baby. Somewhat justified here in that her leg had just been slashed by the monster moments earlier.
  • Dramatic Irony: No one knows what the aliens are or that they hunt by sound on Day 1, but the viewers already do.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Officer Ronnie goes out attacking an alien head-on with a shotgun so the Abbotts can escape.
  • Fake Shemp: During Beau's appearance in the opening flashback, he is not given dialogue and the camera angles obscure his face due to the original actor, Cade Woodward, being too old to return.
  • Foreshadowing: In the prologue an alien is able to crudely steer a bus to follow the protagonists which foreshadows an alien using a boat to follow the protagonists to the island.
  • Gory Discretion Shot:
    • Officer Ronnie getting killed by an alien is obscured behind a police car.
    • The bandit ringleader being torn apart by an alien is kept mostly out of frame outside of a few brief, out of focus shots and his blood floating around in the water along with the torn net he and Emmet were tied to.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • In the prologue, Officer Ronnie wards off an alien so that the Abbotts can escape.
    • The unnamed man on the island uses his car to distract an alien so that the other citizens can get to safety. But the alien ultimately kills him just after he gives Regan the key to the radio station.
  • Humans Are Bastards:
    • Discussed. Emmett is a firm believer in this, as indicated by the page quote. He's ultimately proven half-right. While there are bad people out there, such as the sun-burnt bandits that accost Emmett and Regan on the docks, the people of the island community are perfectly friendly and well-adjusted.
    • The character played by Djimon Hounsou tells a story with this theme, mentioning how once the government realized that the aliens couldn't swim, they set up twelve boats to ferry survivors to an island. The survivors started to fight each other over who could get on the boats, making so much noise that it drew the attention of the aliens. Of the twelve boats, two made it to the island.
  • Immediate Sequel: The main story picks up immediately after the events of the first.
  • It's a Small World After All:
    • The first person the family runs into is someone who they knew, who was even sitting with them at the softball game during the day the aliens arrived.
    • The boat with the monster on it just HAS to bump up against the island.
  • Just Before the End: The start of the movie shows Day 1 of the invasion, where the Abbotts are going through a normal day until the aliens land and start attacking everyone.
  • Left Hanging: Does Emmett survive or does he succumb to his wound?
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": In the prologue, Day 1 of the invasion shows the whole town falling into complete chaos as they're attacked by the aliens.
    • Toward the end of the film, an alien manages to find its way to the island the characters are hiding on. Emmett realises it's there and tries to warn everyone, but is too late as the creature attacks and sends everybody into a blind panic.
  • No Name Given
    • Baby Abbott remains unnamed.
    • The character played by Djimon Hounsou goes unamed.
  • Not-So-Abandoned Building: The Abbott family finds their friend Emmett hiding in an abandoned factory, having converted the basement into a makeshift bunker.
  • Oh, Crap!: A few.
    • Evelyn makes her way through a gap in a fence, taking care not to make any sound, completely missing the trip wire on the ground until she snags it and activates a very loud sound trap. She doesn't even bother with sign-language, she just tells her kids to run.
    • Soon after that, Marcus falls victim to a bear trap. There's a brief pause before he realises what's happened and then proceeds to scream in complete agony, his mother begging him to try to be quiet.
    • Regan when she notices an alien sneaking up on her in a train car.
    • Emmett has one when he discovers that the boat with an alien trapped onboard has drifted to the island they're on, meaning the creature is now there with them.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: The leader of the bandits appears to have this intention for Regan, making his death especially satisfying.
  • "Ray of Hope" Ending: The global situation is much the same at the end as it was at the start... with one major difference: there is now a radio station broadcasting the frequency the aliens are weak to on a constant, 24/7 basis. Anyone with access to the signal can now destroy the aliens, possibly opening a foothold to reclaiming the planet.
  • Reality Ensues: Regan might have the sound frequency that disorientates the aliens, but when using a gun approximately the same size as her that she's never fired before, she can't make a killing shot and just grazes the side of the alien's head when it's advancing on her.
  • Room Full of Crazy: Emmett has one of these, depending on how you look at it. When exploring the foundry, Marcus finds an area where Emmett had been living with worker jumpsuits hanging from the ceiling, drawings of his family all over one room, and his wife's rotting corpse on a bed behind a curtain.
  • Runaway Train: The prologue shows a driverless bus hijacked by a monster pushing its way through the street on Day 1.
  • Schmuck Bait: Little girl, middle of the night on a dock with aliens out there. Nothing could possibly be wrong with going up right to the girl who could scream at any moment.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: When Regan and Emmet are cornered by bandits, who make their intentions clear, Emmet in his struggles is able to make just enough noise to draw the aliens to them, who make short work of the bandits.
  • Super Drowning Skills: The aliens are unable to swim, allowing a group of survivors to set up a civilized refuge on an island.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Emmet is one for Lee, as the resident Action Survivor and Papa Wolf.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: The film divides into two storylines in the second half: Evelyn, Marcus and the baby surviving in the warehouse and Emmett and Regan making their way to the island.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: In addition to being vulnerable to a particular frequency, the aliens can't swim.

Emmett: We won't survive.
Evelyn: We have to try.

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