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Warning: Spoilers ahead.

“A Quiet Place II” premiered in New York City on March 8, 2020. Shortly thereafter, the world shut down and it didn’t see a full theatrical release until May 28 of this year.

While the movie’s plot, a continuation of 2018’s “A Quiet Place,” aligns neatly with what was happening in real life — people hiding out with their families in an attempt to avoid a menace lurking in the outside world — it’s not that movie. Instead, it’s a deeply unnerving and entertaining thriller that sees the kids from the first installment grow up and start learning to navigate their new normal while avoiding the lurking menace.

Okay, maybe to an extent it is that movie.

It opens with the people of a small town watching a Little League game. A mysterious flaming object appears in the sky. Shortly thereafter, aliens appear and start indiscriminately killing everyone. The Abbott family manages to escape and go into hiding to suffer the situations we saw in “A Quiet Place.”

This is not a prequel, though. John Krasinski — who directed and co-wrote the first and wrote, directed, and produced this one — merely provides backstory to set up the new plotline.

A Little Backstory

“A Quiet Place II” spends roughly 12 minutes getting from the baseball game to the present. The Abbots eventually discover how to kill the monsters, and then head towards their next new normal.

Flushed from their hideout after father Lee Abbott, played by Krasinski, sacrifices himself for his kids, mom Evelyn Abbott leads the family in their quest for new shelter. That’s when Marcus Abbott steps into a bear trap, alerting a nearby alien with his screams.

A man wearing a bandana — and no, it’s still not that movie — comes to their aid, taking them into his bunker. After a few tense minutes, we discover that man is Emmett, one of Lee’s friends.

Regan Abbott, the deaf daughter of Lee and Evelyn, discovers a message through Emmett’s radio. There’s life beyond the sea, it says, in this case on Long Island. Wanting

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