Us

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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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Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, Us, from Monkeypaw Productions, stars Oscar (R) winner Lupita Nyong'o as Adelaide Wilson, a woman returning to her beachside childhood home with her husband, Gabe (Black Panther's Winston Duke), and their two children (Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex) for an idyllic summer getaway. 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.

Cast

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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Critic Reviews for Us

All Critics (513) | Top Critics (60) | Fresh (478) | Rotten (35)

  • It's one thing for a movie to humble you by leaving you unsure about yourself and your place in the world; it's another for it to leave you wondering what, exactly, a filmmaker is trying to use his formidable verbal and visual vocabulary to say.

    December 10, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Peele develops a genuinely thrilling, heart-in-the-throat-scary horror picture.

    December 10, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Every element in this film serves a purpose and is set up like a chess move, from the soundtrack to the detailed production values. (Be sure to check out the old VHS tapes in a flashback sequence).

    December 10, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • I love the performances, but I'm just not super sold on the script, to be honest... I'm really ready for [Jordan Peele] to be his own voice now.

    September 24, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A sharp, often funny meditation on the terrifying power of human connection.

    September 10, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Us revolves around an allegory that's more elastic and resistant to parsing than megahit Get Out.

    April 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Us

  • Jan 08, 2020
    When Get Out hit the screens in 2017, it was one of the few films that genuinely earned the positive word of mouth and appreciation that many critics and viewers afforded it. It marked the arrival of Jordan Peele as a new voice for horror despite him being better known as a comedian and it also done no harm to Peele's reputation when he earned himself an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. With that, there was much anticipation for his follow-up feature and it's with delight that Peele matches his previous work and shows that contemporary horror is in very capable hands. Plot: While vacationing in Santa Cruz, California, Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong'o), her husband Gabe (Winston Duke) and their two children plan on spending time with their friends and getting away from their busy schedule. However, Santa Cruz beach brings back unsettling childhood memories for Adelaide and causes her to feel very protective of her family while there. During the night, her fears are realised when four mysterious intruders break into their home. As if this isn't enough, the strangers also happen to look exactly like each of the family members save for the odd grotesque differences and very off kilter behaviour. Now that The Twilght Zone has been revived for a 2019, contemporary audience, it's fitting that writer/director Jordan Peele has been the one to assume the iconic role of Rod Serling - who originally created the sci-fi horror show in the 1950's - and introduce the new episodes. Peele seems very attuned to similar dark and twisted tales and with only two films under his belt, he is already one of the most interesting horror directors on the market. Us, however, is much more than just a horror. As Peele had already proven with Get Out, he's able to construct many layers and interpretations to his writing that make them important socio-political commentaries on modern America. Get Out challenged the dark, racist angle of white privilege while Us delves deeper into exploring the increasing inequality between the upperclass and the underclass. One of the biggest indications and motifs used is the obvious references to "Hands across America". For those that are unfamiliar, this was a campaign in the mid 1980's that encouraged the public to literally hold hands for fifteen minutes and form a human chain across the United States continent to raise money for charities to fight hunger and homelessness and help those in poverty. I digress here slightly, but it does play an important role in the themes of the film and the polarising characters at the films centre. Peele is driving home a sociopolitical message and it's quite cleverly and creatively thought through. You could also argue that the title of the film itself is less than subtle by suggesting that it isn't solely about "Us" as a pronoun but "US" as in United States. This is just a small example of the layers abound within Peele's writing but if you put these layers aside, the film still operates on a basic level that can be enjoyed by all. It's entirely up to the viewer whether they want to explore the films deeper meanings or just enjoy the experience as a gripping horror masterwork. Aided immeasurably by It Follows cinematographer Mike Gioulakis, Peele is able to create a hugely effective and foreboding atmosphere. There's a palpably unsettling vibe that courses throughout the film which is displayed from the offset in its hall of mirrors opening sequence. After this impressive opening, he allows us to catch our breath before revealing his intentions layer by layer and the film only grows more intense as it progress. That said, Peele's background in comedy is also shrewdly utilised. For such an unsettling horror there is a welcome amount of humour to alleviate the effortless chills. This is mostly delivered by Winston Duke's affably loveable husband who takes some time to grasp the seriousness of the situation but it's also displayed in American rapper KRS-One's "Sound of da police" blasting from a stereo during a pivotal death scene. I'll say no more on that but the humour is mainly from the performances that the entire cast bring to the project. They all get the chance to play dual roles and it's fun to see them switch from one to another but, ultimately, it's a horror film and the marvellous Lupita Nyong'o steals the show as the loving mother and her vengeful doppelgänger. Her transformation truly is a work of brilliance and it's astonishing to think it's the same actress that you see onscreen before you. Us was probably released too early in 2019 to be remembered come awards season but the work of Nyong'o deserves all (if any) recognition that comes her way. Verdict: Jordan Peele makes good on his early promise and delivers a film that's awash with pop-cultural references and a biting satirical humour. However, he doesn't forget that the film's sole purpose is to chill and unsettle. It certainly achieves that and the numerous interpretations and layers to the film will reward multiple viewings which is proof alone how clever it is. It heralds a new voice for horror but it's also encouraging to see a director be so subversive and unafraid on their commentary of modern America and to do so through a mainstream medium. Mark Walker
    Mark W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 15, 2019
    Jordan Peele follows up his breakout hit, Get Out, with the psychological horror-thriller Us. While on vacation a family is attacked by what appear to be their doppelgangers. The script is a little weak and opens up a lot more questions than it can answer. However, the performances are pretty decent (some are downright terrifying). And though the "privilege" allegory is a little muddled, Peele does a good job at building suspense and tension. Additionally, the violence is pretty intense without being gratuitous or exploitative. While there are parts of Us that don't work, overall it's a chilling horror film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • 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

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