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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.


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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  • Sep 16, 2019
    As a sophomore horror effort, Us is pretty godamn good. It doesn't follow a lot of the standard horror tropes, it's something a little unexpected, and it tries to say something. For that, even when it's unsuccessful, I do give it a lot of props. I do have to acknowledge a couple things that do sort of hold it back. For one, the pacing is a little off. The first half hour for one is honestly pretty boring. I get that it's establishing mood and character, but it just drags and it's really a waiting game to get to the main event that we know is coming. Even when the big moment does come, the movie really does seem to stroll along in telling its story. This is fine in principle, and even admirable, but it just doesn't quite work as well as it could. A bigger issue for me though is in some plot holes. An interesting thing I've found with Jordan Peele's brand of horror is he really is interested in telling you how things work, and why the weird horrific stuff is happening, and for the most part he actually gives good explanations. However, in Us, there's a couple points where the more we know the more it starts to kind of fall apart. In particular there is a late movie twist that, for me anyway, seemed to betray a lot of the character motivations that happened up until that point. I tried to justify it in my head, and maybe watching it again will make it work, but for now it really bothered me. I mention these problems because otherwise, Us really does work. The interesting thing is that while it never really scared me, there is a genuine sense of dread that holds throughout the whole movie. There are no false scares or jump scares, the horror is very matter-of-fact, and it unravels slowly. It takes you a while to really realize what type of movie it actually is but once you do, you're deep in the thick of it. I also really have to talk about the acting, especially from Lupita Nyong'o. She's one of those actors I always knew was good but never really saw a movie that showcased just how good she was. This was that movie. But all the actors are great, and most have to play two very different characters, often sharing a screen with their alternate selves, and they consistently nail it. Us didn't quite work for me as well as Get Out did. It's not a movie I can see myself returning to and enjoying as much as I can Get Out, and its problems are much more transparent. But in a way, I feel like Jordan Peele has already established himself as such a great director of horror that he's instantly held himself to a higher standard. Us is good, it's original, and it's got some great acting, but I just hope his next is a little more solid.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 19, 2019
    Peele's genre thrills are more overt here, but the commentary is subtler. He leans into the strange mythology just enough to make it interesting but thankfully never over explains it.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2019
    Peele is a rising filmmaker and he has a distinct style that I hope he maintains. I'm enjoying the horror element and the twisting narrative he sets up here. This film has depth and the horror is there for the extra attention. Great filmmaking helps sustain a scattered concept and it often leaves logic to the wind. There are larger questions to the film, but you won't get a lot of answers here. I enjoyed this and will revisit in a few years after the dust settles. Peele is a talent to watch and the cast are lucky to have a gifted filmmaker at the helm. 07/07/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jul 01, 2019
    In my opinion, this may be the most overrated, unfairly praised film ever made. I loved Jordan Peele's first film, Get Out. That movie was well-paced, well-written, and had great poise and a wonderful message. The execution was nearly perfect too. By comparison, it is baffling how bad this movie really is. The first 30-40 minutes are simply boring and fail to generate any meaningful background or suspense. Yes, we KNOW something bad is going to happen. But really nothing the family does with their bickering and weird interactions adds to this film. However, the opening 5 minutes on the boardwalk and in the house of mirrors at the beach are promising, and I was very interested. But after that, the main character is not well-defined. The family simply complains and acts strange until the night their evil twins arrive. I lost interest soon after, with the movie quickly turning into torture porn, like that movie Funny Games (another unpleasant mess). Many people acted strangely or suspiciously or awkwardly in Get Out, but we ultimately learn WHY they are acting that way. The plot unfolds and makes sense. Some critics even noted how "confusing" this movie is, while at the same time, "something important seems to be going on." Huh? So, if the movie is too confusing and incoherent, surely "something" smart must be happening, because it's Jordan Peele! That's what I feel happened here with the 94% RT score. So many people gave Peele partial credit simply for trying something else on the heels of Get Out. But this movie doesn't deserve any of the credit that Get Out did, and I am skeptical that Peele can pull off another hit like Get Out after seeing this and his Twilight Zone offerings, which I feel are pretty bad.
    Mark H Super Reviewer

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