Without a noise 2: an effective suite but without much surprise [critique]

Three years after the box for the first part, John Krasinski is refining his directorial eye

In 2018, Without a sound made a thunderous hit with his concept of the obvious and fun family post-apo: the survival of a family unit stuck in a bunker while ferocious creatures sensitive to the slightest noise roam everywhere. Its abrupt ending – especially its theatrical success in fact – made a sequel inevitable. The stake of this sequel is more to look for on the aesthetic side: the realization of John Krasinski clearly goes to a higher level of ambition. Calmer, more controlled, more ambitious, especially with much less noise than in the first film (which was still a shame, given the subject!). The opening scene is in this respect remarkable, giving a real breath to expected elements (the Spielberg of War of the Worlds is brilliantly cited). The very small-scale post-apocalypse feeling is there, the central climax (there are three, in fact, one at the start, one in the middle, and one at the end) is dreadfully effective, Cillian Murphy is of course great by taking up the torch of the father figure of Without a sound first of the name …

What to forgive a script reproducing too much the gimmicks of the first film, and which withers in its last third to end in a tribute – undoubtedly unexpected for the authors of the film – to a certain Tim Burton film with aliens. On arrival, even if it gets involved in lazy things, the pleasure of operating cinoche that feels good is there. And the CAEF (Emily Blunt with a Gun Appreciation Committee, whose members are fans of Looper and Sicario) is very satisfied with Without a sound 2.

By John Krasinski. With Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, Millicent Simmonds … Duration 1h45. Released on June 16, 2021

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