‘Us’ Captivates Audiences and Forces Deeper Thought


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Jordan Peele's Us promotional poster.

Carl Thomas, Staff Writer

Jordan Peele, director of the movie “Get Out!” has just released his latest film, “US,” starring Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, and Evan Alex. The film is a mystery/thriller that follows Adelaide Wilson and her family. After years of not returning to their family vacation home, Adelaide starts to recall the horrifying experience she had as a child and she is scared that something bad is going to happen. Her worst fears soon become a reality when four masked strangers appear in front of the vacation home, forcing the Wilsons into a fight for survival. When the masks come off, the family is horrified to learn that each attacker takes the appearance of one of them–their evil doppelgangers. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes rate this movie at 94%, while the film received a 7.5 out of 10 on IMDb.

I highly recommend this film. “Us” is one of Peele’s best works to date. It is not too scary, but the twists and turns in the movie keep you watching and wanting more until the very end. Even after the ending, it’ll leave you wanting more, as there is so much to unpack in this horror flick. Peele packs his films with symbolic meaning. “Us” really speaks to me about how the upper, elite class makes all of the decisions in society and the lower class is forced to follow suit. If this trend continues,there won’t be a happy ending, just chaos. Similarly to “Get Out!,” “Us” is also just a phenomenal horror film. It’s fun and the tension builds steadily throughout the movie. The twist and reveal at the end makes the audience rethink everything they thought they knew, which leads us, the audience, to consider the deeper meaning of how our society is out of tune with itself.