So, another knock against "A Quiet Place" is that it steals its ending from this sub-par sequel to Neil Marshall's "The Descent".
Maybe sub-par is harsh because it seems like the director knew he was well into carbon copy diminishing returns with this script, and put the focus on gore gags instead of fear. So many characters got squirted in the face with various disgusting goo and ooze that I wondered if Sam Raimi was involved. Once I realized what he was going for, I settled in for a fun little squirmathon.
I think my biggest gripe (besides the bad case of sequel-itis) was the lighting. Gone is the illusion that these characters are deep underground. Sadly, the caves here felt like a bigger budget episode of "Land of the Lost".
In a film franchise like this or "Friday the 13th" where every movie is essentially the same formula used over and over again, bonkers is just what I need. If you're not going to send Michael Myers to space, at least give me some slide whistles and a raving Dr. Loomis who uses a little girl as bait.
"What am I doing? I don't even like cats."
|"Do you see what's going on here? Kubrick is getting NASA to make sure that his space movie looks like real space. And so we're going to use his space movie to make sure the real space movie looks like space. Do you understand how crazy that is?!"
I love how skillfully the filmmakers weave their story through the spaces in between actual historical details.
As a fan of conspiracy theories (as storytelling, not as fact) and found footage, I was so hoping I would enjoy this movie, and it delivered big time!
And how ambitious was that car chase! In vintage cars, no less! Rarely have I seen action done this well in a found footage movie.