Director and writer Jordan Peele, executing yet another psychological thriller after Get Out, released the movie Us on March 22 this year. The film is an excellent work of horror that is sure to leave its audience pondering the symbolism and the intricacies hidden within the frames. Starring Lupita Nyong’o, the movie follows the life of Adelaide Wilson and her family as they attempt to escape a terrifying reality that puts them into the face of danger throughout the entire film.
The film begins with a black screen, narrating an important fact: there are hundreds of thousands of abandoned tunnels below the surface of the earth and it is largely unknown who or what inhabits them. This unknown is later revealed to show the grueling truth. In an attempt to create clones in underground that could control the people above the earth, the government failed miserably, resulting in the clones becoming puppets of the people above. The study is abandoned, leaving millions of people below the surface of the earth living as shadows of those above them. These shadows are referred to as “the tethered” in the film, seeing as they are spiritually connected to their doppelganger. This information, however, is learned after the tale of Adelaide’s scarring childhood story, where she encountered her tethered clone.
After wandering off from her distracted father, young Adelaide finds herself in a house of mirrors, where she sees her reflection, but turned away from her. She discovers her clone face to face and is permanently damaged by what she experiences. She does not share what happened to her that night until she is in her adulthood. The movie then cuts to Adelaide all grown up with a family, planning a vacation to the beach where she had such a traumatic incident as a child. The night they arrive at their beach home, the situation takes a turn for the worst: there is a family identical to theirs standing outside their house on their driveway.
The rest of the movie not only instills a sense of thrill and terror in the audience, but it also has many laughable moments, as expected with director Jordan Peele. The symbolism that is evident in the film keeps your eyes glued to the screen searching for the meaning and how it connects to the real world. Every minute is captivating and every frame is significant. The major plot twist at the end almost forces you to watch it again, just to pick up anything you may have missed the first time around.