Review – ‘Us’: A Social Horror Film

Monkeypaw Productions

Jordan Peele is proving to be quite the horror movie master.

His new film, Us, follows a family on vacation in Santa Cruz who begin to be stalked by what appear to be clones of themselves.  And yes, these clones turn out to be murderous.

Great acting, a sharp script, and an unpleasantly uneasy tone all make this film proof that Peele knows what he’s doing when it comes to horror, more specifically: social horror.

Without giving too much away, the film deals with themes such as memory, “the other”, and also, memory of “the other”.  We all have our lives that we live, and not much thought is given to how much that is taken for granted.  But if not for pure chance, things could have been different: we could have been born without arms, born in another country, born a different skin color, or all of the above.  Where do *those* beings, shades of our existence, exist, if anywhere?  Well, Mr. Peele’s got some theories.

What makes his films so disturbing is how visually blatant they are, while still remaining prominently metaphorical:  Walls and walls of caged rabbits; large pairs of scissors; the killing of one’s clone – all visual cues that are both noticed on the surface and below, consciously and subconsciously.  Some directors can do one well, some can do the other;  Peele manages to do both without many flaws.

**Rating: 92/100**

>>Person to see this movie with:  Your evil twin