The island of Manhattan is home to more than 1.5 million people. The two main topics of “A Quiet Place: Day One” are: Lupita Nyong’o plays Stage 4 cancer patient Samira, and Joseph Quinn, who plays Eric in the television series Stranger Things, is a stranger she meets while travelling far from home when the noise-sensitive aliens crash land in New York. 

The prequel to 2018’s popular creature picture, which is set in New York City, centres on an odd couple who don’t seem to have much of a survival instinct. This is likely the reason writer-director Michael Sarnoski (“Pig”) chose to give Samira a cat named Frodo. Although people are disposable, nobody wants to witness extraterrestrials tearing apart a service animal.

Call me a monster, but I was expecting far more bloodshed than the surprisingly sentimental offshoot from Sarnoski. The teaser features almost every terrifying scene from the film, including an extremely spooky one in which six Death Angels—as these all-ears aliens are known—run down a tower to scare Samira and Eric. 

They break through the glass ceiling, but they don’t really threaten our heroes, who have made the decision to hike to Harlem so Samira can grab some pizza. I couldn’t help but think of that old Domino’s catchphrase as the two avoided the Death Angels: Avoid the Noid. We can now interpret that.

Unfortunately, the main pitch of this PG-13 monster film, which is to “discover why our world went quiet,” seems to bore it. Furthermore, the solution to that question is already known to us. Day 89 of the alien takeover marked the start of “A Quiet Place,” which relied on viewers to decipher the new survival guidelines in light of the arrival of a species of vigilant, extremely swift predators.

Actually, John Krasinski’s fantastic sequel to 2020 skipped ahead more than a year in the “Quiet Place” timeline and instead went back to Day One to show the chaos the aliens’ entrance wrought for gullible humans. 

Theoretically, “Day One” offers a more comprehensive examination of the chaos, but it falls short of that promise. The majority of the action takes place off-screen, and not even the authorities make an effort to retaliate.

I had the following query during “A Quiet Place Part II,” which “Day One” sort of raises but doesn’t fully address: What food do these Noids/Death Angels consume? They don’t stay to eat their victim; instead, they kill almost anything that moves. 

This sounds like a very ineffective tactic, though I assume that in the past, Americans killed buffalo for amusement and left their remains scattered across the plains.

How about felines? Is Frodo actually in danger at all? For those who are interested, Sarnoski included a difficult-to-understand sequence in which three aliens consume what appear to be feathery ovomorphs from the movie “Alien.” 

This could be the reason behind the Death Angels’ ferocity: Earth doesn’t have the snacks they need, and they didn’t bring enough for their interstellar journey. What, though, are they hoping to achieve?

“Day One,” which was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, is presented as a catastrophe film in the vein of Roland Emmerich’s “Independence Day,” complete with money shots showing the Brooklyn Bridge collapsing into the East River and empty streets that allude to 9/11 and “I Am Legend.” Who went where?

 “Day One” gives the impression that only a few hundred people live in Manhattan. Without a certain, New York would be teeming with people, spilling out of the tall buildings and onto the streets, or else ducking inside their apartments. The city is a ghost town on the first day of the invasion.

Samira’s decision to accompany a school trip to a Manhattan marionette theatre, led by a nurse (Alex Wolff) who perhaps ought to have dressed more subtly, was kind of coincidental. The aliens target the humans who make the most noise as soon as they land. 

You’re toast if you scream. If you cry out for your kid or missing partner, a Death Angel will undoubtedly appear from behind the screen and tear you in two. The movie’s sound designers, in contrast to the characters, use low tones to create a rumbling sound that allows Imax and 4DX viewers to physically feel the onslaught happening off-screen.

Military helicopters swoop overhead, broadcasting commands to keep silent as Samira hides out in the marionette theatre with a group of strangers (including Djimon Hounsou, the film’s only link to the previous installment). 

Avoid going across bridges. Proceed with caution to the South Street Seaport, where rescue vessels are waiting to pick up passengers. Samira and Frodo travel to the south, while an oddly tiny group of survivors head that way. That pizza is what she wants.

Insightful performer Nyong’o is battling a prickly and possibly off-putting character, which is an interesting way to approach someone who undoubtedly seems like an empathy magnet on paper. However, it isn’t how she portrays Samira. 

When faced with the probable extinction of her species, Samira first displays little desire in surviving. “Day One” is, in a sense, about witnessing someone who had all but given up find something worthwhile to fight for.

Ironically, despite everything, she is even more dedicated to keeping her cat safe, even though it seems unlikely that the pet will draw the wrong type of attention. Eric is located by Frodo, who then guides him to Samira.

 Though a more understanding audience could find heartwarming this nothing-to-lose bond between two lonely souls  what writer-director Lorene Scafaria called “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”  their immediate bond appears forced.

To his credit, Sarnoski conducts a few of suspenseful set pieces. However, Sarnoski (who put Nicolas Cage through a lot of absurd behaviour in “Pig”) ends up prioritising sympathy over suspense, so there aren’t quite enough of these for a film set in the “Quiet Place” universe.

 Just contrast these films with the greatest zombie franchise of the century: “A Quiet Place” is comparable to “28 Days Later” in terms of its captivating, upside-down environment. Similar to “28 Weeks Later,” “Part II” was more terrifying and expansive. 

Instead of being the incredible genesis narrative, “Day One” is a Hallmark film in which everyone seems to have nine lives, not just that stupid cat.

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