Written by Jordan Peele
Directed by Jordan Peele
Starring Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Anna Diop
Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family.
After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers (Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon), Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home. When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway. Us pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves.
Us is a creepy ride with some really interesting and disturbing themes. The film is well paced. Peele does a great job of creating, crafting and utilizing atmosphere. Starting from the beginning of the film where Adelaide wanders off, everything looks and feels ominous and slightly disjointed. Peele sets this story in a location that has the perfect mixture of both civilization and isolation. This helps the story significantly.
Lupita Nyong’o is pitch perfect as both Adelaide and her tethered doppelgänger. Both performances are mesmerizing and engaging. Every moment she is on the screen is electric. Winston Duke is funny as hell. Even when he is dealing with the absurdity of the situation, there is humor in his portrayal and he has some of the best comedic moments throughout. The rest of the supporting cast is magnificent, especially Tim Heidecker and Elisabeth Moss. They both serve the story in entertaining ways.
The story moves along at a quick pace once the “Tethered” make their presence known in an eerie home invasion that culminates in both violence and revelation. The rest of the story takes some really interesting twists and turns and finally comes to both an interesting and entertaining conclusion as well as a reveal that I could predict, but was still entertaining and engaging in its execution.