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Oscar-winning filmmaker Jordan Peele follows his debut feature Get Out with another critically acclaimed horror-thriller.
Two parents (Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke) take their kids to their beach house to unwind with friends (Elisabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker), but relaxation turns to tension and chaos with the arrival of shocking strangers at nightfall—strangers that look just like them.
- Jordan Peele('Get Out')
Rating: R16 Violence, offensive language & content that may disturb
Thrillingly ambitious in scope but more conceptually diffuse, Jordan Peele’s follow-up to Get Out might compare unfavourably for those wanting a replay of the airtight provocations of that killer debut feature. No doubt, Peele remains engaged in pushing conversations around race, class and privilege through the muscular thrills of a pulpy genre workout. But with Us—a film crammed with beaming signifiers both pop and political, teasing mirror imagery that’s wedged between literal and metaphoric—he’s created a far more searching and challenging macro-level proposition.
Peele’s adroit, tone-shifting craftsmanship continues to be evident. The first-quarter home invasion scenario where Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke’s family are besieged at their Santa Cruz holiday home by feral, sinister replicas of themselves most recalls Get Out with its tense—and tensely funny—setpieces.
But the narrative morphs into something else entirely, embracing a deeper, somewhat baffling mythology that stitches together deadly doppelgangers, underground tunnels, white rabbits, ’80s activism and biblical passages. Fundamentally, it functions as a Trump-age Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but it’s also infused with the cautionary, disquieting apocalyptic air of Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s J-horror masterpiece Kairo, another film about the subtly corrosive ties that bind us.
Yep, there’s a lot going on at the expense of coherence. Us feels, at times, like wildly inspired wackadoo gumbo leaking out of Peele’s brain after he’s given carte blanche. But even if the film doesn’t hang together in the moment as tightly as one might prefer, it fires up our synapses in the aftermath, producing the sort of tingling discomfort that arises when we realise how much of our awful present stems from our spiritual connection to the socially aggrieved.
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Something completely different
Extremely well thought, written, directed and performed; it expands beyond traditional horror scopes with its not-so-subtle-after-you-think-about-it allegories and commentaries, leaving your mind creeped out long after you get out.
Its good but not as good as 'Get Out'
Having been totally blown away by 'Get Out', I had very high expectations for this new movie by Jordan Peel. It certainly is a good movie, and I'm glad I saw it. But it isn't as intelligently done as 'Get Out' (or maybe it is more intelligently done and I didn't get it). Anyway, I if you liked 'Get Out' this is definitely a must-see.
A horror film that keeps you thinking rather than paranoid
'Us' is a thrilling, funny, and captivating film.
The storyline is well-paced and gets more intense and weirder as the film goes on.
The characters are engaging and feel more like real people rather than your stereotypical horror characters.
Lupita Nyong'O's shines with her performance as 'Adelaide' and her tethered version 'Red'.
Winston Duke's 'Abraham' is a great character who adds comedic relief and brings laughter in the middle of suspenseful moments in the film, yet works perfectly.
Love the concept of the film and puts into the perspective of how we view and present ourselves and the anxieties we face in society.
The ending could've been a bit more ambiguous with the approach on certain story tellings, which could have left more room for discussion. However, it does make you want to watch the film all over again with a different mind set.
Recommend watching this if you're a fan on thriller/horror films with deep metaphors, original concepts, great actors, and does not rely on heavy jump scares.