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Black Summer – Season 2

A mother and her daughter are trying to find safety in a world ravaged by a zombie apocalypse. (source: me)

This series is one of the best zombie TV shows I’ve ever watched. It’s fast and brutal but it’s also great at character development. Unlike The Walking Dead (which turned into utter crap), this show doesn’t rely on hours of useless dialogues to build its characters, it is mostly done through their actions.

Everything is on spot, the cinematography, the script, the constant feeling of impending doom. The zombies are only accessory to what’s really threatening: the human lack of trust and the focus on each individual’s own condition, regardless of other people’s lives.

Maybe should it have been titled “Black Winter”, since this second season mostly happens in the snow… It felt very refreshing since we watched it during one of the warmest day of this month of June.

A Quiet Place

In a post-apocalyptic world, a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing – IMDb

Now that I’ve seen both A Quiet Place and The Silence, I see why people say that they are very similar. Even though they are, it didn’t bother me at all, I enjoyed both movies. Where A Quiet Place is more about the survival, The Silence has a better rhythm, and more likeable characters.

Rather than writing about their differences and similarities, here are some facts I’ve read about A Quiet Place:

  • The film’s director and lead actor, John Krasinski, played the monster in a motion capture suit for a few scenes.
  • Actress Millicent Simmonds has been deaf since infancy.
  • The filmmakers purchased twenty tons of corn and hired local farmers to grow it.
  • The entire movie was shot in thirty-six days.
  • The movie only contains about 25 lines of voiced dialogue, although sign language dialogue is used extensively.
  • The first line of voiced dialogue isn’t spoken until about 38 minutes into the film.
  • John Krasinski and Emily Blunt are married both in this film and in real life.
  • In the basement scene towards the end, a few frames of newspaper cuttings are visible. One of these clearly states ‘Multiple Landing Sites’ as a headline, alluding directly to the origin of the monster species being from space.

The silence in the movie created such a tension, it made me wonder how it must be like if this would happen for real. I can’t imagine being so quiet all the time! I’m like an elephant in a china shop, I would be doomed!

The Silence

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I’m typing this post as silently as I can… I just can’t help it, since we’ve watched The Silence, it seems that I can’t help but try to be more silent than usual.

Seriously, I really enjoyed the movie. The casting was great, the story was very well wrapped and the tension perfectly built. We were so much into it that we almost didn’t dare to talk during the movie.

The Silence has a lot of my favourite things: a global catastrophe, a family trying to survive on the road,… It’s also very enjoyable to watch, the movie doesn’t break its rhythm with long emotional scenes. People die, horrible things happen, but we don’t spend 20 minutes crying about it.

My only regret is that the movie only lasts 1h30′, I would have enjoyed more survival scenes, more road trip to the North with great American landscapes… In fact I could have seen it as a TV Show where the dad and his daughter are left alone after the rest of the family got killed. I couldn’t help but find the duo perfect when they had to make a run for the meds.

There could be a great character development as they travel through the US, learning how to defend themselves, find shelters and become badass at surviving.

Yes, I know, that would be very much like The Last of US. What do you want, I’m a fan of the game and I couldn’t help but see a bit of Joel and Ellie in Ally and her dad.

However, The Silence is a great movie, probably one of the bests I’ve seen this year.

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Despite the bad reviews, The Silence is one of the best movies I’ve seen in quite a while. Easily a four stars on five for me.

When the world is under attack from terrifying creatures who hunt their human prey by sound, 16-year old Ally Andrews (Kiernan Shipka), who lost her hearing at 13, and her family seek refuge in a remote haven – IMDb

The casting is remarkable, there was a direct connection with the characters. It’s funny to see the duo Kiernan Shipka and Miranda Otto, who play together in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, portray completely different characters in this movie. They all did an amazing job!

One of the things I’ve most appreciated, is the survival aspect in the story. I’ve always loved big catastrophes, and end of the world themes, there’s nothing quite like it. I dare you, though, to say one word while watching this movie, I know we couldn’t. The tension builds up nicely, and every scene adds to the story.

A great Netflix original that deserves to be on my small re-run material list. Knowing that I normally don’t like re-runs, this is a huge compliment.