US (2019): Demons Within Us

In the horror film US (2019) the director, Jordan Peele, demonstrates how the demons of our past can potentially dictate the fate of our future. When Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o) and her family decide to take one last summer vacation to Adelaide’s childhood beachfront home, disturbing memories of her past arise. After being terrorized by the family’s doppelgängers Adelaide’s family realizes it is kill or be killed. Similar to Peele’s award winning film, Get Out (2018), the director provides contrasting point of views, in this case: the Tethered and the originals. Throughout the film the audience is periodically given information of Lupita Nyong’o character, Adelaide, and her past. Given the provided information Peele allows the audience to decipher the horrific following events.

In Peele’s previously acclaimed psychological horror film, Get Out (2018), the audience was consistently engaged with the film. Unfortunately, in Peele’s film US (2019) the suspense was not as suspensefully affluent. Thus, horror fans yearning for adrenaline might not enjoy this particular film as much as Get Out (2018). Although the film was indeed clever and thought-provoking, it was not heart-attack-inducing as Get Out (2018) in specific scare scenes.

In contrast, US (2019) never seemed to lag. The film constantly kept the audience guessing, but had plot inconsistencies. Due to the plot inconsistencies one would have to watch the movie a second or third time.

Through unorthodox storytelling Peele suggest that the main idea of the film was to signify that we are our worst enemy. If we do not combat our inner demons it will eventually consume our lives, which is the central theme of US (2019).

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