The nerve-shreddinglanded on Tuesday, bringing director John Krasinski’s horror sequel to streaming audiences. The movie picks up right after the events of the as surviving members of the Abbott family figure out how to get by in a world overrun by terrifying monsters that relentlessly hunt down any sound.
Let’s be very, very quiet as we take a look at where they end up. There’s no post-credits scene, but we’ll also sound out the possibilities for sequels set in this universe. Whispered SPOILERS ahead.
Island ripped apart
Deaf survivor Regan Abbott (Millicent Simmonds) and new ally Emmett (Cillian Murphy) discover an island populated by survivors living normal lives. Djimon Hounsou’s character (who’s credited as Man on Island) reveals that authorities quickly realized the creatures can’t swim, so they tried to evacuate people across water from the mainland. The creatures were right behind them, however, so people panicked and only a few made it to the islands.
Unfortunately, one of the creatures bobs out to this island on the boat Regan and Emmett had their eye on, turning the safe haven into a hell. Regan, Emmett and Man lead the beastie to the island’s radio station — the source of the repeated broadcast of Bobby Darin’s Beyond the Sea that led them to the island.
The creature quickly turns Man on Island into Man in Pieces, leaving Regan and Emmet to save the day. Regan uses her cochlear implant, which uses electric signals to give her a modified sense of sound, to exploit the weakness she discovered in the previous movie. She blasts feedback through the building’s speakers making the creature disorientated and vulnerable. Regan then seizes the opportunity to beat it to death, making the island safe once again.
Steel mill terror
Back at the steel mill, Evelyn and Marcus Abbott (Emily Blunt and Noah Jupe) try to survive an assault by one of the creatures, while protecting the baby. It’s all immensely stressful, and it looks like they’re screwed.
Conveniently enough, Marcus has been listening to the looped Beyond the Sea on their radio — either listening out for Regan’s progress or to distract from the agony of getting his ankle caught in a bear trap earlier. Hearing the broadcast feedback, he turns the radio on the creature — which is enough to kill it.
Basically, Regan is this franchise’s MVP.
- We know the creatures are aliens that came to Earth on meteors, but where did they originate?
- Is there any more to the “base” where Emmett’s brother works, according to a throwaway line from Lee in the opening sequence? If it’s a military base, could it have been specifically targeted in the meteor strike? That might suggest that the creatures are part of the first wave of an invasion, but maybe I’m going down a sci-fi rabbit hole.
- The next obvious move is for Regan and Emmett to go back and collect Evelyn, Marcus and the baby. However, Evelyn and Emmett are both in bad shape after being slashed by the creatures, so the adults are going to slow things up. I guess that’s a problem for a sequel to dive into, though a direct sequel to this movie has yet to be confirmed.
- Will the island people freak out at Regan and Emmett for inadvertently bringing one of the creatures to their safe haven?
- Why didn’t the Abbotts get on a boat and go to the island long ago?
- Are there other islands filled with people living normal-ish lives? A spinoff movie has been confirmed, so that could offer a global view of this postapocalyptic world.
- What the heck was the deal with those creepy horrible marina people? They’d clearly become predatory and mean, but why was their skin all red? And why were their eyes super bloodshot?
- Why was the excellent Scoot McNairy (Man on Marina) given such a tiny role?
- Why does Beyond the Sea never get old? “Sailllllin’ “
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