(This review may contain spoilers).
Interestingly enough, out of the two horror films I watched in a row, it was this one I thought I’d like the least. But as it turned out, I very much preferred this movie.
I thought it was really good how the movie started out with a family already living in the difficult times of being hunted, as that made the movie a bit more unique in comparison to other disaster movies.
The atmosphere of the movie made it difficult to watch and I thought it was very effective to see the characters have to hold back on making any sound, no matter how difficult that might have been.
I did think the tension and suspense in this movie would have been better if the creatures had stayed ‘hidden’ for longer. The initial appearance was of a being that followed sound almost too fast for the human eye to see. But as soon as they were slowed down, they didn’t seem nearly as scary.
The relationships between the parents and children were probably one of the strongest parts in the movie, especially considering that so much of that lacked them being able to communicate verbally.
One of the main things I liked about this movie was the fact that the characters were real people I could care about. And, yes, they made mistakes; and one of those was quite a big error in judgement, in that Evelyn was pregnant when it seemed like that would be a really dangerous move to make when noise could be deadly. But those mistakes just made them feel human.
This movie did leave me on the edge of my seat throughout and it was really good to see a family struggling to survive. While I probably wouldn’t rush to buy this movie on DVD, it’s one I wouldn’t mind watching again in the future.