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With Jordan Peele's second inventive, ambitious horror film, we have seen how to beat the sophomore jinx, and it is Us.



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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.

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Lupita Nyong'o
as Adelaide Wilson/Red
Winston Duke
as Gabe Wilson/Abraham
Elisabeth Moss
as Kitty Tyler/Dahlia
Tim Heidecker
as Josh Tyler/Tex
Shahadi Wright-Joseph
as Zora Wilson/Umbrae
Evan Alex
as Jason Wilson/Pluto
Madison Curry
as Young Adelaide Wilson/Young Red
Cali Sheldon
as Becca Tyler/Io
Noelle Sheldon
as Lindsey Tyler/Nix
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
as Russel Thomas/Weyland
Anna Diop
as Rayne Thomas/Eartha
Duke Nicholson
as Danny/Tony
Ashley McKoy
as Teenage Adelaide Wilson/Teenage Red
Alan Frazier
as Alan/Jeremiah
Dustin Ybarra
as Troy/Brand
Kara Hayward
as Nancy/Syd
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  • Us revolves around an allegory that's more elastic and resistant to parsing than megahit Get Out.

    Apr 18, 2019 | Full Review…
  • ... it achieves an insidious, lingering effect that's rarer in the horror genre.

    Mar 28, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • For all its unevenness and confusion, cannot be dismissed. Something genuinely urgent seems to be happening, especially in the performances by Nyong'o and, to a lesser extent, Moss.

    Mar 27, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Ambition in the horror genre can be a good thing, but the overreach in this movie detracts from both the horror and the ambition. Having said that, Peele shows a marked advance in filmmaking skills here and, in her dual role, Nyong'o is ferociously good.

    Mar 25, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • This film, unlike its predecessor, isn't perfect. But it is a richly intriguing riot of imagery and ideas that demands to be rewatched again and again.

    Mar 24, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It wouldn't be as truly terrifying as it is without the jaw-dropping performance from his leading lady, Nyong'o, and with this collaboration they have created another whip-smart modern horror classic.

    Mar 22, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Us

All I'm gonna say is that this movie gives new meaning to "running with scissors" ...

Tracy Kenderdine
Tracy Kenderdine

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I think it's important to state that Us is not Get Out and that's perfectly okay. Not every movie can be a Get Out, an experience that was so refreshing, socially relevant, wickedly fun and dynamic that I immediately wanted to see it again and tell everyone I know to join in. Writer/director Jordan Peele shed his funnyman past and flexed his impressive genre know-how to make a knockout of a movie with an amazingly structured story, allowing all of the pieces to snap together with clever precision. It was my own second favorite film of 2017 and I was highly looking forward to Peele's follow-up in the realm of what goes bump in the night. Don't go into Us expecting Get Out. It's not quite the sum of its parts and has some storytelling shortcomings that limit the impact of its visceral thrills. It's an engaging horror movie, but it's far more allegorical and far less tidy and satisfying. Us is more a straight horror film and has plenty of excellent, terrifying, and smartly directed scenes to make an audience squirm in their seat. Peele has established in two movies a strong instinct for horror and how to expertly stage a scene. His camera is judicious in what it does and does not show the audience, holding onto moments to escalate tension and providing no escape for an eager audience. The majority of the second act is a home invasion thriller and these scenes and subsequent chases and escapes can be nerve-wracking. Each character has their own opponent and each has their own method of trying to outsmart or out maneuver their downtrodden doppelganger. I was getting plenty of Funny Games vibes, a movie I downright despise, but what it could have been if the creator actually cared about the inhabitants. The family and their bonding is a strong empathetic anchor for the audience, so we watch each member of the family battle a literal incarnation of their inner demons. Peele also assembles an effective collection of spooky imagery, from caged rabbits, to the slice of golden scissors, to a carnival funhouse, to even the nature of that 80s social event, Hands Across America. You can sense Peele's love of horror and the entertainment value horror movies afford. There's a strong central mystery to guide the narrative and the sense of discovery from Act Two onward keeps things fresh as we learn more and more about these doubles. From a technical craft standpoint, Us has the upper hand over Get Out. This is a movie that wants to scare you and Peele has devoted great consideration into his artistic elements to achieve that key principle. Peele knows exactly how to craft a particular mood and what genre elements to pepper in and to what amount for the right response. The photography by Mike Gioulakis (It Follows) is evocative and makes great use of limited light to capture an eerie and unsettling feeling. The musical score by Michael Abels is also exceptional, making the most of each heightened scene and doing wonders with a dark, operatic version of the chill 90s song "I Got 5 On It" by Luniz. It makes for a fun, frightening, and favorable film experience in the moment-to-moment sequences of build and release. The performances are another strength, with each member of the family getting extra range thanks to their dual roles. Nyong'o (Black Panther, 12 Years a Slave) is the standout and emotional center of the movie. Her double is the leader of her clan and the only one that has the ability to speak, except speaking isn't quite the right word. It's more like the words escape her throat, raspy and without intonation. It's a remarkable commitment on her part and she tries a lot of weird character tics, most of them work, from her herky-jerky to robotically possessed physical movements, unblinking eyes, and then there's that startling voice. Duke (Black Panther) finds his footing as a comedic foil, starting as a corny but loving dad and thrust into a family defender that gets more and more tired of the horror movie nonsense he endures. The kids all do solid, effective work with what they're given, seizing their moments. Elizabeth Moss (The Handmaid's Tale) plays a bourgeoisie friend and has a fantastic moment with lip gloss that made me horrified and entranced all at once. Nate's Grade: B

Nate Zoebl
Nate Zoebl

Super Reviewer

Perhaps my tethered was somewhere above me watching a good movie while I was stuck below watching this surprisingly disappointing film? With thickly veiled parallels and odd references, Peele seems to have gotten caught up with the symbols and underlying tones that he forgot to write a good movie. This film doesn't work particularly well as a horror, with just a few creepy bits, or as a psychological thriller, with its flimsy plot and many unanswered questions. The positives are the score, decent performances, and the handful of chuckles, but that is it.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

Ever since Jordan Peele shocked filmgoers around the world with his fantastic directorial debut in Get Out, it should've been no surprise that people would eagerly be awaiting his next project. Us marks his second outing as a feature film director and this time, he dives much further into the horror genre than he did with Get Out. I absolutely loved watching this film, but it's not without its flaws. Depending on the way you look at this film as a whole or how you see the ending itself, you may find yourself finding it flawless, but everyone views films differently, so as always, please take my review with a grain of salt. Following the Wilson family, as they begin their summer vacation at a cabin on the lake, Adelaide (the mother) begins to recall moments from her childhood, as a family then invades their home. Realizing the family is actually themselves, a large sense of mystery begins to shroud the film. Personally, the overall premise of this film absolutely astounded me and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout nearly the entire runtime. If there's one thing this film does right, it's in keeping the audience engaged. Without giving anything away, the film slightly began to lose my grasp throughout the final act. Yes, the storytelling remained clever as everything was being revealed, but the way everything unravelled left a little more to be desired, at least to me. What saved it was the devoted performances by the entire cast from start to finish and a couple of neat twists before the film truly comes to an end. There are some bizarre images that still have me thinking, but I believe that was the intention, so I will let them slide. Other than events in the third act, this is a very tight concept that was throughout engaging throughout. It's fairly early in the year to speak about Oscar chances for performances, but I'll just be completely honest with myself and state that an actress is truly going to have to pull off a miracle to have me believing someone will be more deserving than Lupita Nyong'o for best actress. Her performance floored me and I couldn't divert my eyes for a second. In the end, Us is the kind of film that gives you a fantastic set-up, presents a very enjoyable second act to back it up and is filled with a tremendously eerie score that sent chills down my spine. I do feel the movie falls into the territory of predictability throughout the third act, but at least it commits to the revelations and doesn't make any mistakes in going for it. I may not think this is a perfect film, but Jordan Peele has put together another great film, worth revisiting over and over again to dissect. I applaud every aspect of this film, even if I didn't quite love it. Definitely check it out, especially if you're a fan of the horror genre.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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