Jordan Peele’s second offering could never really live up to its seamless precursor (Get Out) but it still stands boldly on its own as a clever horror.
“The scares are not reduced to cheap jumps, but instead attack our fundamental sense of self identity.”
It’s summer and the Wilson family are taking time out to vacation at their holiday home on the cast. Despite the trip being a chance for relaxation, Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o) has an overwhelming sense of unease as the place brings back memories of a traumatising childhood experience. During a power-cut one evening, a mysterious family appears on the driveway. When the Wilson’s investigate, Adelaide’s worst fears are realised as she sees a mirror-image of her own family staring back at her.
“Lupita Nyong’o gives a punchy performance, shifting effortlessly between her roles as protective mother and unnerving shadow.”
Although Nyong’o stands out, the whole cast really pulls their weight and have a convincing family dynamic. Winston Duke as father Gabe has a natural reaction to the situation, trying to relieve the tension by cracking jokes throughout which provides a warming light to this otherwise dark story. The children, as well, give equally strong performances, impressive whilst outwitting their counterparts and brilliantly disturbing as the doubles.
Much like the film itself, the soundtrack is a fresh twist on what we would conventionally expect from horror. The R&B soundtrack feels so right, with Lumiz’s catchy ‘I Got 5 On It’ providing a surprisingly ominous ambience for the film, of which the action is expertly choreographed to.
Us is an intricate, intelligent horror, exploring the terror of a world turned into a hall of mirrors. When your share a face with your worst fears, how can you go on to live with yourself?
Us screens Fri 26 – Mon 29 Apr. To book tickets, click here.