2019 | Horror | In English
The film begins with a family spending a pleasant day on the boardwalk in Santa Cruz, California. The young daughter, Adelaide, separates from the family and finds herself in an abandoned hall of mirrors shack. She sees her doppelgänger. This terrifies her. She is in shock. The film shifts many years later. Adelaide is married to Gabe Wilson and has two kids. The Wilsons head to their lakeside vacation home near Santa Cruz. Adelaide is rather nervous about returning to the area that so traumatized her as a little girl. Gabe hopes to ease her anxiety by inviting another family, the Tylers, to join them. After some strange happenings on the beach, the Wilsons return to the cabin for what they are hoping will be a quiet, restful evening. However, the peace is broken by a group of intruders, doppelgängers of the Wilson family. The challenge now is to determine what all these terror-filled events really mean.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 93%
- Metacritic Score: 81
MTV Movie & TV Awards: Nominated, Best Performance (Lupita Nyong’o)
Saturn Awards: Winner, Best Director (Jordan Peele); Nominated, Best Horror Film, Best Actress (Lupita Nyong’o)
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Peele’s film, which he directed, wrote and produced, will likely reward audiences on multiple viewings, each visit revealing a new secret, showing you something you missed before in a new light. US is another thrilling exploration of the past and oppression this country is still too afraid to bring up. Peele wants us to talk, and he’s giving audiences the material to think, to feel our way through some of the darker sides of the human condition and the American experience.
Writer, director, and producer Jordan Peele offers a sharp, often funny meditation on the terrifying power of human connection. Bonds are broken, ties are severed. No relationship, even the most fundamental, is quite what it seems.
In US, Peele uses the metaphor of the divided self to explore what lies beneath contemporary America, its double consciousness, its identity, sins and terrors. The results are messy, brilliant, sobering, even bleak—the final scene is a gut punch delivered with a queasy smile—but Jordan Peele isn’t here just to play.
US is a work of directorial virtuosity, in which Peele invests every moment, every twist, every diabolically conceived and gleefully invoked detail with graphic, psychological resonance and controlled tone, in performance and gesture.
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