Every now and then a horror movie is made that shakes viewers to their core.
Jordan Peele’s sophomore film, Us, is that movie.
Peele’s take on the horror genre is certainly something to behold.
Us is planted firmly in reality with just enough supernatural scares and quirky humour to keep audiences on their toes.
The movie follows the Wilson family on their wholesome family vacation to their beachside holiday home.
Gabe Wilson, played by Winston Duke (Black Panther), is the stereotypical head of the household.
His wife Adelaide, played by Academy Award winner Lupita NYong’o (Black Panther), is plagued by past traumas linked to the idyllic beach location.
Their children Zora, played by up and comer Shahadi Wright Joseph (The Lion King 2019), and Jason, played by Evan Alex (Kidding), are along for the ride.
When Gabe suggests taking a trip to the nearby Santa Cruz beach to visit family friends, Adelaide has obvious hang-ups about visiting the famous tourist beach.
Upon their return from the beach, Adelaide confesses a deep-seated secret to Gabe about when she went missing as a child.
But the moment is suddenly interrupted when a family appears at the end of their driveway.
The heart-stopping realisation becomes more sinister as the Wilsons find out the invading family look exactly like them.
What follows is a sadistic insight into society as whole, what lengths people would go to to protect their family and an exploration of race relations in America today.
Shahadi Wright Joseph was terrifyingly good as the stereotypical millennial teenager Zora and the murderous “monster” Umbrae.
Lupita NYong’o’s praises have been sung for a long time and this movie is no exception.
She manages to capture every moment with just a tweak in facial expression.
But it’s relative new-comer Winston Duke who really steals the show.
His comedic timing is exceptional, he manages to be both imposing and meek all at once and his chemistry with NYong’o is undeniable.
The movie is written, directed and produced by actor-comedian, Jordan Peele.
His first horror movie, Get Out, earned him critical acclaim and projected the lead actor (Daniel Kaluuya, Black Panther) into the spotlight.
Peele’s obvious flair for humour makes for some uneasy laughs and some downright uncomfortable moments.
He also manages to comment on the state of today’s society without pushing an agenda or coming off as pretentious.