The most original film to come out in a long time.
This clever satirical thriller-horror from the mind of Jordan Peele, and producers of acclaimed low-budget genre movies Blumhouse (Paranormal Activity, The Purge, Insidious), is a truly clever and thought-provoking movie in every sense.
The stock in ex-Skins actor Daniel Kaluuya (Sicario) has definitely risen after his impressive performance as Chris Washington, a young African-American man who’s about to meet the parents of his Caucasian girlfriend Rose Armitage (Allison Williams), and do his best to smile through the usual stress of meeting a ‘white’ family and their high-society friends – while dealing with the polite racism that awkwardly comes with it.
But it’s bizarrely not the reception from Rose’s surgeon Dad (Bradley Whitford) or psychiatrist Mum (The 40 Year-Old Virgin’s Catherine Keener) that irks Chris the most, but the mind-boggling actions of the posh lake house’s black servant inhabitants (Marcus Henderson and Betty Gabriel) – who wander around in an almost brain-washed fashion.
To make things worse he starts to feel ‘weird’ after being hypnotised by Rose’s Mum who’s encouraging him to quit smoking, and when he recognises a fellow black man (Lakeith Stanfield) at a house party acting rather strangely – who mutters the words ‘get out’ to him – Chris starts to realise the Armitage residence isn’t all that it seems, and horrifyingly this turns out to be the case.
Fortunately Chris has divulged some of the erratic behaviour to his transport cop friend Rod – the brilliant LilRel Howery who truly adds a hilarious comedic slant to proceedings – which proves to be an unwitting master stroke when things go awry.
And Howery’s performance is just one additional aspect of a truly compelling and topical production that’s littered with great set-pieces – see Rod trying to explain his Chris ‘gone missing’ theory to police in one terrific scene – but really shines just due to its sheer ingenuity.
It has a little bit of Hostel, a little bit of It Follows-styling, and is so totally messed up (in an extremely good way) it has to be seen to be believed.
This is without doubt one deliciously clever slice of cinema that you’ll actually still think about after you ‘get out’ from the screening – and comes supremely recommended.
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Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Lilrel Howery, Marcus Henderson, Caleb Landry Jones, Betty Gabriel, Lakeith Stanfield, Stephen Root & Richard Herd
Running Time: 1 Hr 44 Mins
Director: Jordan Peele
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