A Quiet Place Part 2: It will still tickle your nerves

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It was so eerily effective that people seemed eerily reluctant to dig around their cracking bags of store-bought snacks. The inevitable sequel doesn’t have the shock value of the original, but evokes about as many common catchphrases. It begins with a spectacular prologue that shows us the arrival of the creatures, where Krasinski makes excellent use of his larger budget.

Evelyn must find a new refuge for her children (Image: Paramount Photos)

Then we jump to day 474 of the alien invasion, right where we left the Abbot family three years ago.

Krasinski’s Lee has sacrificed his life for his family, and Evelyn (Emily Blunt) must find a new refuge for her deaf daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds), nervous son Marcus (Noah Jupe) and her new baby.

A fire on the horizon leads us to Emmett (Cillian Murphy), an old friend hiding in the furnace of a ruined steel mill.

But the brave Regan has had enough of laying down. The youngster used her deafness to her advantage in the first film, and she’s eager to investigate a cryptic radio broadcast.

Splitting up the family is a dangerous move, sacrificing the claustrophobic feel of the original for a more expansive view of a devastated landscape. But the film finds new tension by cutting between different strands at the most gasping moments.

Part II may be bigger and sometimes louder, but it doesn’t lose sight of what made the original nerves so effective.

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