Run time: 96 mins
It’s time again to hold your breath as the marauding, extraterrestrial invaders continue to wreak havoc upon their victims who dare to make a sound.
Part II picks up mere moments after the original’s devastating climax. Now that Lee (John Krasinski, also returning as writer and director) has succumbed to his fate, his wife Evelyn (Emily Blunt) moves her deaf daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds), son Marcus (Noah Jupe) and newborn baby from their farm, armed with new knowledge of the creatures’ sensitivity to high frequencies. They join the similarly widowed Emmett (Cillian Murphy, brilliantly filling Krasinki’s paternal role), and struggle together not only to survive, but also to redeem themselves and to find a new home – all without making any noise.
It’s essentially more of the same (and more of what you loved) and like any sequel, it might lack the smarts and novelty of its predecessor, but it serves up strong set pieces and a nerve rattling energy. Don’t touch your cheese & biscuits, don’t clink your glasses. Don’t even make a peep. (Jack Whiting)