Us is a 2019 American psychological horror film written and directed by Jordan Peele, starring Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Elisabeth Moss, and Tim Heidecker.
Accompanied by her husband, son and daughter, Adelaide Wilson returns to the beachfront home where she grew up as a child. Haunted by a traumatic experience from the past, Adelaide grows increasingly concerned that something bad is going to happen. 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.
Why It Rocks
- Much like Get Out, Jordan Peele has shown to have astounding skills as a director.
- Wonderful, astounding, and very original writing.
- The film has an original plotline for a horror movie.
- Well-suiting cinematography with great camera angles.
- Every one of the actors in the cast give amazing performances.
- Michael Abels' musical score is well-done.
- Many spins-chilling twists and turns that we won't spoil for your own sake.
- The film has a good mixture of horror and suspense that'll leave you biting your nails.
- It's one of the few modern films that use dabbing very well.
- The characters are pretty interesting, such as the main characters and the killers that pose as them.
- The pacing is very decent.
- The scenes are very unpredictable, scary, sometimes funny, and well-executed.
- A nice use of the song “I Got 5 on It” by Luniz.
- The doppelgänger killers are very entertaining, scary, and spine-chilling to watch.
- Some of the twists could've had better execution.
- Inconsistent plot that over-relies on set-ups.
Us received praise for Peele's screenplay and direction, as well as the musical score and Nyong'o's performance. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 94% based on 458 reviews, with an average rating of 7.94/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "With Jordan Peele's second inventive, ambitious horror film, we have seen how to beat the sophomore jinx, and it is Us." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 81 out of 100, based on 55 critics, indicating "universal acclaim."
- This was the first film to debut Monkeypaw Productions logo.