Us Review

Us Review
Us Review Darryl Linington
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User Rating: 9 (2 votes)

Us is a 2019 American horror film written and directed by Jordan Peele. Accompanied by her husband, son and daughter, Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong’o) returns to the beachfront home where she grew up as a child.

Haunted by a traumatic experience from the past, Adelaide grows increasingly concerned that something bad is going to happen. Her worst fears soon become a reality when four masked strangers descend upon the house, forcing the Wilsons into a fight for survival. When the masks come off, the family is horrified to learn that they are facing their very own doppelgängers.

The Crit:
The horror/thriller genre has become slightly stale of late with a number of mediocre releases hitting the big screen… This is not the case when it comes to Jordan Peele’s Us, which is a refreshing take on the genre. Much like Peele’s Academy Award-winning film, Get Out, Us shows us that the horror/thriller genre is more than cheap jump scares and crazy special effects.

Us is honestly a true gem that takes a simple home invasion premise and evolves it into an intense rollercoaster ride, which will keep the viewer at the edge of their seat for the majority of the film. The best part of Us is how the audience interprets the film and what all of the film’s information and images mean. There are a lot of references here such as the Bible verse Jeremiah 11:11 popping up a few times. There is also a reference to the film Jaws, which could represent the oceanside danger. There are a plethora of references here to look out for, so be sure to stay focused. In addition to these references, there is absolutely no doubt the movie will give audiences plenty to think about long after the credits roll.

While the plot is excellent, the all-star cast of Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Elisabeth Moss, and Tim Heidecker put on a stellar performance that makes Us the true gem that it is.

While this is Peele’s second film, he is indeed building up his portfolio and could perhaps be the next M. Night Shyamalan, Alfred Hitchcock or Steven Spielberg. Here’s hoping that Us receives the same accolades that Peele’s Get Out received as Peele is essentially becoming the new master of the horror/thriller genre.

By: Darryl Linington
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