- Origin: 23/25
- Story: 24/25
- Camera/SFX: 22/25
- Performance: 24/25
Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family. After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers (Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon), Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home. When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway. Us pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves.
- Rated: R( (Violence/terror and language)
- Genre: Horror and Thriller
- Directed by: Jordan Peele
- Written by: Jordan Peele
- Release date: 22nd March, 2019 (Wide)
- Length: 120 minutes
- Studio: Universal Pictures
|Lupita Nyong’o||Adelaide Wilson/ Red|
|Winston Duke||Gabe Wilson/ Abraham|
|Elisabeth Moss||Kitty Tyler/ Dahlia|
|Shahadi Wright Joesph||Zora Wilson/ Umbrae|
|Evan Alex||Jason Wilson/ Pluto|
|Tim Heidecker||Josh Tyler/ Tex|
The director Jordan Peele as had many influences that shaped the film, for example, The Shining played a big role in this, giving many of Jordan Peele’s great ideas, he is a true Cinephile. Having said this, he sticks to the laws and physics of the real world and has cleverly puts a bit a magic in there (Don’t worry I won’t spoil anything). Characters are well thought out and have lots of in-depth backstory that helps to understand what I going on. It good to see a film that doesn’t just rely on jump scares and cheap tricks to get a reaction.
Jordan Peele gives the horror industry a fresh and exciting film that makes you enjoy it as well as fear it. The mystery and suspense was great, offering something new at every corner. It was well structured, having good flashback scenes to create more context, having this throughout the film helped audiences to slowly figure out what was happening. Having a writer and director that has such a passion and focus for what he does helps because you can see scenes are polished and have been thought through.
The contrast between the colours and the darkness was amazing, the reds stood out against the black and made it pop. This film gave me some proper scares, by having perfectly timed shots and some very convincing effects. It was well thought out and raised my expectations of what a horror film should be like. Sometimes I may have thought a scene could have been done better, or lighting wasn’t the best.
Lupita Nyong’o was the best choice for the leading actor, her emotional commitment was outstanding and made an impact on the overall reaction of audience members. Winston Duke was the perfect partner and helped make scenes feel wholesome and convincing. The cast was kept small and it made it easier to be connected with characters and it created a scarier atmosphere. This film is a must watch for any horror fans.