So this movie is both amazingly good and horribly bad.
First, some generals. I was expecting something similar to “Signs” but with the characters not speaking. Sure enough, I was spot on with this. Little clues lead up to an unlikely hero figuring out how to defeat the alien invaders, much like in Shyamalan‘s “Signs.”
The acting, is spot on, for both the children and adult actors. This alone carried a lot of weight in the film. If the actors didn’t sell the story as well as they did, the reviews for this movie would not be as good as they are.
Was there ever a “scare me into jumping” moment during the movie, no. Did I ever tear up, meh, not really. They were really trying to pull at the heartstrings, and in some ways the characters are very relateable.
But here’s where things start to slide downhill. In a story of the supernatural, a writer has to be careful in setting the ‘rules’ of this world. If you explain things in too much detail, the audience is going to expect everything to be explained. And if you skip over items, it stands out like a throbbing red thumb. This movie tries to give us some science and nitty gritty details on this world and how things work. But they skipped over one BIG GLARING item, which drove me crazy the entire film.
These alien hunters, hunt by sound. They are blind. They can’t smell. They can’t sense warm or cold objects by touch. They can only hear. When their pray makes a sound they are running with amazing precision to the target, which they agilely swoop up and kill. They are shown to have very extensive ears and extremely good hearing.
Well, they aren’t shown to have any sort of echolocation skills like bats. Maybe they did, they do make a clicking noise, so that may have been an attempt to show that they do, but anyone who knows how echolocation works, can tell it isn’t being portrayed right. So to me, the first problem is, how are these creatures not running into everything? They aren’t stumbling around like a blind mole, feeling their way toward the sound. They are full out running, faster than a cheetah. Who runs that fast when they are blind? They also completely lose their prey if they stop making sound. So, they can hear a glass break from miles away, but not a heartbeat when they are two feet away? And again, how are they moving around objects, and not bumping into them, yet can’t figure out objects in the room are moving? (If they had the echolocation they would “see” the person moving and it wouldn’t matter if they made a sound, right?) Not to mention how exhausting it must be for these creatures to be darting around to attack every little thing the wind knocks over.
(I jokingly tried to convince myself they weren’t hunting anyone. They just wanted people to be quiet and when they weren’t, it pissed them off so they would run up and kill them, lol.)
And that is just my issue with the aliens. How the humans have decided to survive in this quiet world is even more unbelievable. They know a river can hide their sounds, but meh, there’s no reason to live near that river. Let’s instead plant corn all the way around our house so if we happen to walk into it, the creatures will hear us. We can’t plant a quieter variety of crop, heaven forbid. And sound proof the house? Let’s wait until we are expecting a baby, and then only do one room. I could go on, but you get the point.
Is the movie entertaining? Yes. But more in a, let’s make fun of way. This would be a good rental to watch with friends. I’d suggest not seeing it in the theaters, because it can be a pain to keep quiet for that long. Its a much better movie to watch while chattering away with your friends.