Now that I am on my winter break, I have lots of free time. And yesterday night I had this crazy idea of watching a horror movie when I was supposed to sleep. So with the lights turned off, the blanket covering my phone and the earphones plugged in, I set out on this great adventure of wrecking my sleep.
Well, at least that’s what I thought it was.
I decided to watch this movie called Us, which is a horror/thriller (according to the website where I was watching it and google) directed by Jordan Peele, starring Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex. Since movies aren’t about the actors for me, I didn’t know any of them. And I don’t think I have ever watched a movie with any of them either. But that is obviously my bad memory speaking.
The movie documents the various stages of Adelaide’s (Lupita Nyong’o) life which are shown through flashbacks. One such event in her life is from 1986, when she and her parents visit the Santa Cruz beach. Over there she has an encounter with her doppelganger, which leaves her traumatized and awry of the Santa Cruz beach.
In the present day, Addy and her family, which consists of her husband Gabriel (Winston Duke), her teenage daughter Zora (Shahadi Wright Joseph) and her son Jason (Evan Alex), decide to go on a vacation to her mother’s house (I think that’s what it is). It’s beside a lake and in Santa Cruz, and these are the two things that are important to the plot. Anyways, one night they encounter their doppelgangers, which includes Red – the girl that she had met in her childhood, Abraham – Gabe’s mute look-alike, Umbre – Zora’s look-alike and Pluto – Jason’s disfigured doppelganger who has a thing for fire. They doppelgangers obviously over power the family, and Red – the only one who can speak, explains to Addy what they are and what they want before they start hunting them.
The rest of the movie is them fighting and escaping and a major plot-twist at the end which had me choking under my blanket.
If you guys aren’t horror movie fans because they scare you, this movie is for you. I don’t know why it isn’t mentioned, but it should include comedy in its list of genres. Halfway through the movie, I did pause to check if comedy was mentioned as well, but it wasn’t. It is pretty funny towards the middle of the movie and that makes the movie enjoyable. And there aren’t any demons or supernatural things, so I certainly didn’t end up wrecking my sleep and I ended up sleeping like a baby.
So yeah, if you like horror/thrillers, go watch it. The plot twist at the end was completely out of the blue, I wasn’t expecting that. I was really surprised with the plot-twist, because usually, I do end up guessing whatever is going on. But this, this was mind-blowingly unexpected.
I will give this movie a rating of 4.5 out of 5. It is a great movie, and I would definitely recommend you all to watch it.