With the socially critical horror film “Get Out”, director Jordan Peele created a real phenomenon in 2017. In addition to grossing $ 255 million – with production costs of $ 4.6 million – the film was also nominated for the Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor Oscars. The Oscar for Best Original Screenplay Peele has taken home. And “Get Out” was just the directorial debut of Jordan Peele.
Actually Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong’o) together with her husband Gabe (Winston Duke) and the two children Zora (Shahadi Wright Joseph) and Jason (Evan Alex) just want to take a short summer vacation to the coast. But Adelaide combines a traumatic childhood experience with the amusement park in Santa Cruz, to which she now slowly remembers. In the seemingly harmless place something terrible happened. And yet the horror is not overcome.
In the evening, four unknown persons suddenly appear in front of the family’s holiday home. They do not respond to any warning. Then they attack the house. Adelaide realizes with horror that she is the perfect doppelganger of her family. And they are not the only ones who were attacked. Even the friendly Tylers – mother Kitty (Elisabeth Moss), father Josh (Tim Heidecker) and the twin daughters Becca (Cali Sheldon) and Lindsey (Noelle Sheldon) – are attacked by their cruel doppelgangers.
With his second feature film “We” (OT: “Us”) Peele wants to build on the success of “Get Out” in the spring of 2019. Peele, who has written the script again, produces the horror film under the aegis of Jason Blum (“Blackkklansman”) with the two “Black Panther” actors Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke and “The Handmaid’s Tale” star Elisabeth Moss in the lead roles. In the run-up, Peele had repeatedly stressed that he wanted to stand out clearly from “Get Out” with his second feature film, which he achieved with “Us” impressive.
The horror thriller mixes set pieces of very different genres into a subversive and metaphor-rich nightmare about the human psyche. Elements from Home Invasion Thriller, Endzeit movie and the paranoia horror film are combined to a disturbing whole. It pays to look “we” several times. And for her acting performance in a difficult double role, Lupita Nyong’o deserves her second Oscar.