US Review

  • Stars
4

US

By Kathy Kaiser

Rated R

When a tragic event from childhood seems to just be lurking just under the surface for our heroine Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o), here greatest fears are now realized, as she and her entire family are fighting for their lives, against demons who appear to be each of their doppelgangers…

I give US a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD. Intriguing ~ but not remotely horrifying at all ~ Jordan Peele has created another thought-provoking, and slightly scary creation with his new film. But I have to tell you before we get too far along, it wasn’t near as good as his previously intense and super creepy film, 2017’s GET OUT. Nyong’o is excellent throughout though, playing a high-strung and tortured soul. Also, perfectly cast throughout this film are Duke, Joseph and Alex, as they play Adelaide’s close-knit family, being left with no other choice than to dig-in, and to fight of their lives. I also enjoy the way that Peele manages to write stories that could potentially transpire, given the right environment and circumstances, within our socially inept society. He truly writes films that touch the soul of anyone paying attention to the world around us. Plus, he manages to work his magic this time too, with images and aspects from our past, and turning them into disturbing conclusions that fit right into the present day. US definitely achieves a sense of abiding angst the whole way through, but totally lacks the horror factor that I was almost certain I would be experiencing. And even though I wasn’t totally blown away by its premise, or the total dysfunction happening throughout, US did manage to keep my interest, which on the other hand, isn’t very easy to do. But even with the positives I just expressed, I must also share too, that if you love scary movies, and think that this storyline and premise are going to be super scary to view, think again, as I HATE SCARY MOVIES, and I didn’t jump once throughout this entire film. Now, this for me, became a reason I was glad I decided to bite the bullet and go see it. But, for all you Horror Movie Lovers out there, you are going to be totally disappointed by its lack of scariness, and its mediocre intensity throughout, so don’t say I didn’t take this opportunity to warn you…

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