Film’s twists build psychological horror

Gretchen Skoglund
Contributing Writer

“Us” came out in theaters on March 9. Bringing in $71 million during opening weekend, it was the highest grossing original horror film opening ever. Photo from https://www.watchyourself.com/.

Us” sets up a terrifying, modern-day framework that plots the psyche against the body.  Created by Monkeypaw Productions, the thrilling horror film examines the inevitable mayhem that occurs when these two forces converge.

Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong’o) and her family visit her childhood home in Santa Cruz.  Remembering a disturbing event from her past, Adelaide becomes progressively more on edge, as if anticipating another traumatizing situation. 

Her nightmares come to life when four masked attackers break into the house, later revealing themselves to be identical in appearence to Adelaide, her husband, Gabe (Winston Duke), and their two children, Zora (Shahadi Wright Joseph) and Jason (Evan Alex).

“Us” was written and directed by Jordan Peele, who won an Oscar award for Best Original Screenplay in 2018 for his first horror film “Get Out.”  Both films belong to the psychological horror genre and have subtle underlying political messages.

“Get Out” is focused on the prevalence of white supremacy in today’s culture, whereas “Us” revolves around supremacism in general.  The title “Us,” in fact may be representative of the United States’ abbreviation, U.S.

Nyong’o and Duke worked together previously in 2018’s “Black Panther” (Nyong’o as Nakia and Duke as M’Baku).  Both films feature a predominately African-American cast.

Fear meets psychological turmoil in “Us,” which features a number of unexpected twists and turns throughout.  The film shows just how easily people can turn against one another, and themselves.

“Us” has a running time of one hour and 56 minutes and is rated R.

 


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