Directed again by John Krasinski the film starts with a bit of a backstory that gives us a little glimpse of where the critters from the first movie came from, we then pick up the pace from part one.
The pace in unnerving as we follow the Abbott family and their terrors as they fight for survival in near silence. We all know what happens when things get noisy. As they try to stay one step ahead of the creatures that hunt by sound they soon discover that they are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.
Some of the set pieces that involve catalysts that force them to make excruciating loud noises on display in the first movie has been dialled up to 11 in this sequel. The claustrophobic atmosphere is what makes this a compelling watch and I at times had to prompt myself to breathe. There are some genuinely heart stopping moments.
The true stars of this aren’t Emily Blunt or even the ever reliable Cillian Murphy, it’s the two young leads, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmond, who really embody the indomitable spirit, tenacity and courage needed to navigate setback after setback.
This isn’t without its faults, it’s far from perfect but ticks all of the right boxes for a compelling watch. It’s best you sit on the floor to watch this one as it’ll get pretty uncomfortable spending the entire movie on the edge of your seat.