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A Quiet Place: Part II

by Alina Wood 2 years ago in movie

Gearing Up to Be an Epic Sequel

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The new year is here, and with it, a brand new roster of movies to see. From Underwater to Wonder Woman 1984, there's a lot to look forward to in 2020, including sequels like the aforementioned Wonder Woman 1984.

Unfortunately, Hollywood has a propensity to dish out sequels left and right regardless of whether said sequels are truly necessary. Case in point, The Fantastic Four, which, although the goal was always to ultimately have a sequel, didn't necessarily need one. Frankly, it would've been much better off without Rise of the Silver Surfer.

However, as much as Hollywood may be trying to milk the proverbial "cash cow" in some instances, it does strike gold with certain franchises. Just look at the MCU. Has there ever been such a large roster of interconnected films? I think not, and there's still more coming, including a Black Widow film.

While it's certainly not as big a gold mine as the MCU, fortunately, John Krasinski's directorial debut, A Quiet Place, is no exception to getting the Hollywood sequel treatment. A trailer for the sequel even started off the new year. A Quiet Place doesn't strictly require a sequel, but the film has an open ending, showing the family preparing to fight two more creatures.

The results of that fight aren't shown, but the self-assured way that it closes on matriarch Evelyn cocking her shotgun, all but directly tells the audience that she, and daughter, Regan, are about to kick some serious extraterrestrial butt and win. Clearly, they do, as the trailer shows the family watching their barn go up in flames.

The trailer looks absolutely epic, offering a flashback to when the invasion first began. It also doesn't shy away from showing, albeit in glimpses, the creatures. The rest of the trailer mainly focuses on the Abbott family as they're forced to leave their farm.

A new character played by Cillian Murphy is introduced when he saves the family after they inadvertently set off a sort of makeshift burglar alarm. His role is not entirely clear, but his character does make it clear that the creatures are not the only danger, implying that other survivors will be just as problematic for the family this time around.

One of the things that drew me to the first film was the use of American Sign Langauge and my own background in American Sign Language. But, interestingly, where the first film was almost exclusively silent, with American Sign Language being the primary form of communication, the sequel seems to be going in the opposite direction. In fact, the use of American Sign Language is completely absent from the trailer, suggesting that speech will be much more integral to the sequel.

Whatever the case, I can't wait to see what John Krasinski has in store for us next. Maybe there will be some light shed on the nature of the creatures. The family no longer has the same means to fight the creatures. Will they find another way or just a different method of using Regan's cochlear implant?

How will they protect the newest member of the family? Two family members died in the first film, will everyone survive the second outing?

Will they find a new safe haven? The family is shown in finding refuge in a vault of some sort.

Just how much will we see of the original invasion? And why did these creatures come to earth, anyway?

Perhaps the film will even address what some fans perceived as plotholes from the first film.

We'll just have to wait and see.

A Quiet Place: Part II hits theaters March 20, 2020.

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