Our film follows the Wilson family who decide to take a vacation to a familiar spot, Santa Cruz in California. The family consists of a Husband and Wife, along with their two children. As the family heads to the nearby beach, the youngest child wanders off, giving the parents a bit of a scare. That night they return to their home only to find they are now being stalked by a group of people who look exactly like them.
For the sake of spoilers, the film’s plot will be vague.
Following the smash-hit horror of 2017, “Get Out”, Jorden Peele returns to the horror genre once again as Writer, Producer and Director. When I saw Jorden Peele first directional debut, I was extremely impressed and found so much Finesse on the big screen I ended up scoring it at 9.1/10. Being his second film, I was extremely passionate to see his next instalment.
Once again, Jorden Peele delivers a very quirky film which carries less gore and jump scares, but focuses more on the creepy element of horror. Once our loving family meet the unusual versions of themselves, I was naturally hooked to the film and was curious to know what the hell was going on. I was determined to watch the movie along with cheering the lead characters on. As a plot, I can’t deny that this is something different.
As for the cast who play the central family, they are believable and work well together as they try and survive the night of madness. Plus! Witnessing the actors also playing the wired and crazy versions of themselves was great to see.
The film’s audio track is awe-inspiring and naturally demo worthy, in particular the film’s opening act. I also personally enjoyed some of the creative shots and style by Jorden Peele? Which always helps build tension and extend the film’s atmosphere of chaos. The film’s soundtrack by Michael Abels was fantastic, and I would personally love to own it on vinyl.
At the film’s ending and final reveal, I couldn’t help but be slightly disappointed in two aspects: the film’s finale was predictable, and the more I thought about the third act and the outcomes, the more questions were raised in regards to plot holes. In the end, to truly enjoy this, you can’t think too deeply into the plot. Ultimately I feel many will find joy in the story’s surprises.
Overall, director Jorden Peele has delivered another solid horror film to the screen. While I ranked his previous and 1st directional debut “Get Out” from 2017 higher, “Us” still delivers a slightly creepy story with a solid demo right audio track. The film’s finale along with some of the plot holes were somewhat disappointing to me but still enjoyable.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden