Emily Blunt’s unwavering maternal force in horror film ‘A Quiet Place’

Emily Blunt (Looper, Edge of Tomorrow, Sicario) takes on the role of a post-apocalyptic wife and mother, in Paramount Pictures’ new horror thriller A Quiet Place (now playing in Philippine cinemas).

In the modern horror thriller A Quiet Place, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. If they hear you, they hunt you.

Early on, director and screenwriter John Krasinski gave his wife Emily Blunt——his draft of the script for A Quiet Place. As soon as she read it, she suggested they play the roles of Lee and Evelyn Abbott together, adding a layer of stark realism and candid tenderness that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.

“What I fell in love with in the screenplay is that I felt it touched on some of my deepest fears as a mother of not being able to protect your children. The stakes are so sky-high in this story I was racing to read to the end,” recalls Blunt. “Ironically, before I read the script, I had suggested to John that a friend of mine might be right for the role of Evelyn. But as I read, I thought, ‘never mind that, I need to play this role.’ I just loved the depth and beauty of the story, which goes beyond the horror movie atmosphere. And John and I had never worked together so that was exciting.”

Emily Blunt plays Evelyn Abbott in A QUIET PLACE, from Paramount Pictures.

Once it was agreed that Blunt would play Evelyn, she and Krasinski couldn’t stop talking about the Abbott family—about who Lee and Evelyn were before everything changed and how the catastrophic times they are facing has changed them.

“It’s a very weighty world but they try to stay focused on raising their family,” emphasizes Blunt. “They are constantly afraid. And they’re also a family dealing with a lot of grief and guilt. What I find fascinating is that there’s such an urgent need for them to communicate, yet communicating is so hard in a world where sound is danger.”

Blunt also wanted to explore Everlyn as a kind of unwavering maternal force. “I see her as just spectacularly loving and nurturing,” Blunt describes. “She has this drive to make sure she still raises good children. So she perseveres with school lessons, with making jokes with her kids in any way she can, with loving them and holding them, sometimes just drinking them in, yet wanting them also to have the room to become who they are.”

From the start, the screenwriters had inserted a fear-provoking twist into the story for Evelyn: her greatest joy, the fact that she and Lee are expecting another child, has come at a moment of peak endangerment.

Diving into Evelyn’s unusual circumstances, Blunt knew she would be roiling with split emotions over her impending labor. “Of course, she and Lee are thrilled … but their excitement is tempered by a deep fear. There are so many unanswered questions: How are we going to survive with a baby? How can you even give birth without making sound? What happens when the baby cries? They try to take every precaution they can think of by creating the soundproof safe room and finding creative ways to keep the baby quiet. But they also know they’re leaping into the great unknown.”

It was also a leap into the great unknown for Blunt and Krasinski, taking on these roles having never worked together professionally before. Both found that it only strengthened their bond. “I felt so valued by John creatively,” sums up Blunt. “I’ve always felt valued as his wife and mother of his kids, but this was about discovering that we could be on the same creative page. We were definitely nervous about it and it was a bit scary, but it turned out to be amazing.”

A Quiet Place is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’ reveals cast photos with Claire Foy in lead role

Sony Pictures has unveiled the first official cast photos for the upcoming psychological thriller The Girl in the Spider’s Web as the main cast led by Claire Foy and director Fede Alvarez participated in a photo call in Stockholm to celebrate completion of principal photography.

Check out the image below and watch The Girl in the Spider’s Web in Philippine cinemas soon.

STOCKHOLM – April 13, 2018: Director Fede Álvarez with Claire Foy, Sverrir Gudnason, Lakeith Stanfield, and Stephen Merchant of “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” in Stockholm on April 13, 2018, upon completion of principal photography. Lisbeth Salander, the cult figure from the acclaimed Millennium book series, returns to the screen in a new story. The film will be released in cinemas globally by Columbia Pictures this fall.

Lisbeth Salander, the cult figure and title character of the acclaimed Millennium book series created by Stieg Larsson, will return to the screen in The Girl in the Spider’s Web, a first-time adaptation of the recent global bestseller written by David Lagercrantz. Golden Globe winner Claire Foy, the star of Netflix’s The Crown, will play the outcast vigilante defender under the direction of Fede Alvarez, the director of 2016’s breakout thriller Don’t Breathe; the screenplay adaptation is by Steven Knight and Fede Alvarez & Jay Basu.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web will be the first in the best-selling series to be produced into an English-language film in its initial adaptation. The previous books in the series have been adapted into Swedish-language films, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was a remake of the Swedish film. It became a global hit for Columbia Pictures, taking in over $230 million worldwide.

The studio continues its development of the next book in the Millennium series, The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye, which was released recently. Sony’s Columbia Pictures retains the rights to all future Millennium Series books.

The Millennium Series is a worldwide bestseller, with the four books selling over 86 million copies since their debut.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web will be distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

MOVIE REVIEW: Almost a Love Story (2018)

A chemistry that easily bonds without catalyst, Almost a Love Story is an engaging tale knitted by art and Italy.

A romantic story that revolves around Baneng (Barbie Forteza) and Iggy (Derrick Monasterio), two childhood friends who grew up from different sides of the globe. They never meet each other in person and their relationship only grew through constant video calls and having the same interest in painting. Will this be enough to bridge two hearts across the seas? Or will the surf break in the wind howling: “It was almost a love story”?

Personally, I can say that the movie was well-written and directed with passion. Director Louie Ignacio brought something new to this banquet of movies offering to flatter your senses only to break your heart in the end. A cruel end to a hopeful heart! Nonetheless, it will make you feel that yes, love is sometimes unfair. His direction on how to unravel the plot was engaging that even the movie title itself gives a red flag that something tragic will happen would be set aside for you to focus attentively on the film.

With great direction and cinematography, Barbie Forteza and Derrick Monasterio equally complemented the feature with their acting prowess. Their chemistry is on a point that they will feel so familiar even if this is their first movie together.  The cinema was alive that cheering and flattery echoed the walls. I am not a fan of any love-teams but I think this two is worth to consider.

With Baneng and Iggy’s unique love story as the core is a cake of the dessert, and the film shot at Italian landscapes and architecture serves as a rich icing to cap it. This is one movie that I can say you will get the ticket’s price and much more! Being in Italy for a couple of minutes with only a movie ticket’s price is a certain eye candy. I can praise almost everything for this movie and if there is one thing that seemed to lack or I was not satisfied was the sound effects. There are times that some background sounds dominate the ambiance of the movie even if it is not needed. Though overall it was a great movie with only a few areas of improvement to be excellent.

4 out of 5 stars