REVIEW: Jordan Peele’s Us is an innovative subversion of horror
- Credit: Archant
An innovative subversion of the horror genre, Us is another inventive and unnerving Jordan Peele masterpiece.
Lulling the audience into a false sense of security - thanks to a soundtrack that begins with classic 90s hip-hop anthems like Luniz ‘5 on It’ - everything is laid out to give the appearance of a normal bickering family trying to block out real life; and the first 30 minutes is more comedic than scary.
As they arrive at their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends, it doesn’t take long before things start to take an unusual turn...
The atmosphere is gradually transformed by the jarringly eerie orchestral score, unnerving camera angles and a force-to-be-reckoned-with performance from Lupita Nyong’o (the breakout star of 12 Years A Slave), who carries the entire movie and will do anything to protect her children.
Meanwhile dad Gabe (played brilliantly by Black Panther’s Winston Duke) is oblivious to all the strange occurrences and skeptical about what it could mean.
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What starts like a The Strangers style home invasion quickly turns into something far more sinister as a blood-thirsty doppelgänger family - each carrying a pair of scissors, creepy smiles on their faces and blank stares - arrive enraged out of jealousy.
While there’s plenty of chaotic bloodshed and nasty deaths to satisfy horror fans, Us doesn’t play out like your typical genre movie. Instead, the labyrinth of twists and turns are genuinely unexpected, leaving the audience with plenty to think about after the credits roll.
- 1 Father-of-five murdered due to 'drug deal dispute gone wrong'
- 2 Man found dead in March
- 3 Brother pays tribute to 'strongest character I've ever known'
- 4 Driver leaves girl 'very shaken' after ploughing into car
- 5 HMO or flats divide councils but what happens to rest of hotel?
- 6 Janice launches Slimming World group after losing over two stone
- 7 Over 100 modern slavery victims rescued in Cambridgeshire
- 8 County passes funding of new £25m Wisbech school back to the Government
- 9 'Great improvement' - village pond gets a makeover
- 10 Jail for 'despicable' burglary on 93-year-old man with dementia
Us is now showing at The Light Cinema in Wisbech. For screening dates, times and tickets visit www.wisbech.lightcinemas.co.uk/us