Us (2019)

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Following the success of his directorial debut, Jordan Peele returns with something more sinister and insane with an ending that is shocking.

Thirty-two years ago, Adelaide Wilson experienced the shock of a lifetime when she was at a carnival in Santa Cruz. Now married and the mother of son Jason and daughter Zora, Adelaide is happy. Or so she thinks she is. When her husband Gabe suggests going to Santa Cruz to spend the day at the beach with their friends, the Tyler family, Adelaide is at first reluctant. However, Gabe and the kids convince her to go along with them.

That night, returning home to their cabin, things seem fine at first. Until the family hears a noise and they go outside to look. They soon find four people in red suits looking exactly like them. The doppelgangers begin to terrorize the Wilsons with leader Red explaining why they have arrived. The Wilsons decide to fight back and attempt to evade their doppelgangers only to learn that they are not the only ones. Will the Wilsons be able to survive the night against their “evil clones” or is something sinister set to happen?

Comedian Jordan Peele proved in 2018 that he can be a master of horror with his hit film Get Out. The question was, would he be able to prove lightning struck twice with his follow-up to that film? Well, he did it. Peele once again constructs and crafts a horror film that is nothing short of thrills and scares, along with adding some shocking twists to the story, with the film revolving around the world of doppelgangers and that would happen if they attempted to take over the lives of the ones above ground.

The cast is amazing, with Lupita Nyogo’o leading the charge as the troubled Adelaide Wilson and her doppelganger Red. As Red, Nyogo’o speaks in a hoarse like voice, the only one to actually have that ability as the other doppelgangers either remain quiet or attempt to talk but can’t due to their having no souls or they are afflicted with disfigurements. Winston Duke, who previous appeared with Nyogo’o in the Marvel hit Black Panther plays Gabe as sort of a Tyler Perry-like character while his evil twin Abraham is beyond menacing and brings that reminiscence of his Marvel character of M’Baku aka Man-Ape.

The big surprise comes in the forms of Evan Alex as Jason and his doppelganger Pluto and Shahadi Wright Joseph as both Zora and Umbrae. In the case of Alex, Jason and Pluto seem to have a style involving mimicking each other’s movements but during the scare scenes, Pluto seems to move around like a monkey. In the case of Wright Joseph, Umbrae has that evil menacing look in her eye as if she is a member of the cult in Children of the Corn before she unleashes her terror. Elisabeth Moss also brings up a level on insanity when she plays doppelganger Dahlia. In a very unflattering scene, Dahlia puts her make up and just smiles while her face is a bit splattered in blood while Adelaide, kidnapped by the Tylers’ doppelgangers, look on. The twists are the piece de resistance of this film, with the final ten minutes bringing some very shocking revelations that will make your jaw drop.

Us proves that Jordan Peele is becoming a master of horror. He delivers with the scares, the action, and the twists. This follow-up to Get Out is definitely one for the genre fans.

WFG RATING: A-

Universal Pictures presents a Monkeypaw Productions film in association with Dentsu, Fuji Television Network, and Perfect World Pictures. Director: Jordan Peele. Producers: Jason Blum, Ian Cooper, Sean McKittrick, and Jordan Peele. Writer: Jordan Peele. Cinematography: Mike Gioulakis. Editing: Nicholas Monsour.

Cast: Lupita Nyogo’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Anna Diop, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon, Madison Curry.

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