Movie Review: The Silence (2019)

by StevenHelmer

A review of the 2019 thriller starring Stanley Tucci and Kiernan Shipka.

Synopsis: A cave research team accidentally releases a race of flying prehistoric creatures that hunt by sound. As the creatures spread out, killing humans by the hundreds, the Andrews family decides to leave the city and find a remote shelter instead. As the world begins to collapse back to the dark ages, they face their own challenges, including a religious cult looking for more members.


After a few days full of both ice skating and dance commitments, my wife and I actually had an evening at home last night. And, since we had time to do so, I decided to watch this movie with her.

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this film. On one hand, it sounded like it could be creepy while, on the other hand, I'm always a little skeptical when a film doesn't have many recognizable actors/actresses. But, I figured, at minimum, it would give a few chills. As it turns out, however, it kind of fell short of that minimum.

First, I want to say I liked the premise of this movie. While I'm still a little puzzled how a group of predators could survive being entrapped in a cave for millions of years without dying out from starvation, the idea of mankind being quickly wiped out by flying killing machines was plausible enough for me.

And, I did find I liked the "vesps." Not only were they creepy looking, they had a pack mentality. This meant, if you made even the slightest sound, you were quickly fending off more than one. I also liked how they used corpses to hold their eggs though, once again, it did make me wonder how they pulled that off when they were underground.

I did, however, have two major complaints about this movie. The first was the fact the Andrews family really failed to make a good impression on me. This is especially true of the dad (Tucci) who just seemed to be void of any emotion or even a conscience. I mean, at one point, his actions directly caused the death of another character (albeit a character who was only on screen for a few seconds) and it didn't even seem to bother him. I would be able to accept this if they had been living in a post apocalyptic world for years. But, this was only a few days after the problem started.

I also found I just wasn't that interested when the movie added the Reverend (Billy MacLellan) and his cult. This might have been different had he been introduced earlier in the film, giving the movie time to develop the subplot and maybe give us a little more background about the Reverend and his followers. Unfortunately, it just felt like it was thrown in at the last second and didn't have as much of an impact as a result.

The Silence

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Final Opinion

I liked the premise and the "vesps." However, this movie really needed some stronger acting from the main characters and a little better execution overall.

My Grade: C

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Updated: 04/12/2019, StevenHelmer
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dustytoes on 04/13/2019

Funny but I just recently watched this movie as well. One part that bugged me was the tunnel to the older woman's house, which was so easy to access although she had tall, locked and alarmed (with bells) fencing around the yard! "A Quiet Place" is so much better (also with a deaf child), but both movies tell us that we all really need to learn sign language ... just in case.

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