Haunted by an explainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide Wilson feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family. Her worst fears soon become a reality when four masked strangers descend upon the house, forcing the Wilsons into a fight for survival. When the masks come off, the family is horrified to learn that each attacker takes the appearance of one of them.
- Interesting, original, unpredictable story line.
- Each of the doppelgangers (a non-biologically related look-alike or double of a living person) allowed the characters to play ‘Evil twin’ versions of themselves. Which was done perfectly. Lupita N’yongo was fantastic in her dual roles. She made it feel like they were two different people.
- The interaction between the characters and their evil doppelgangers gave us some really intense ,harrowing moments.
- There were many key parts of the plot that were never explained to the viewer. This can be a good thing as it leave you with something to think about after the movie is over , but it also makes the movie feel incomplete.
Jason Wilson: “There is a family in our drive way.”
Gabe Wilson: “If you wanna get crazy, we can get crazy!”
Adelaide Wilson: “They look exactly like us. They think like us. They know where we are. We need to move and keep moving. They won’t stop until they kill us… or we kill them.”
After director/writer Jordan Peele’s highly successful movie “Get Out” , many ,including myself, were eagerly awaiting his next project to see if it will be on par with its predecessor. ‘US‘ does not disappoint, it is a horror movie that keeps you on your toes as you don’t know what will happen next.
‘US‘ is not your typical horror movie that is there just to provide a few ‘jump-out-of-your-seat’ moments. The movie digs a little deeper and touches on topics such as family dynamics , race, psychological trauma. The story may seem simple at first glance , but as it unravels you notice the complex metaphors and you realize, though it is a horror, that you can relate to some of the situations the characters are in.
US can be summed up in the phrase “We are our own worst enemy” i.e the things that harm us are sometimes our own doing.
3 out of 5
BY KAPA KAUMBA