(92) A Quiet Place utilizes negative space in the soundscape much like 2001: A Space Odyssey. Rather than just trimming away at the usual musical trappings, silence is used with intention – often in emotionally charged situations. Despite moments that strain suspension of disbelief, a strong early foundation establishes both the rules of the story and sets expectations for how the rules might be bent. Crucially, A Quiet Place rewards engagement by staying largely faithful to this ruleset. In the absence of sound, visual storytelling and emotive acting drive this altogether gripping suspense story.