Film review – ‘Us’ “this skilfully crafted rollercoaster ride leaves you breathless”

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THE latest twisted tale from director Jordan Peele is a horror movie with a strong social message. But don’t let that put you off.

Us’ proves to be as thrilling as any of Alfred Hitchcock’s best work. In fact, this skilfully crafted rollercoaster ride leaves you breathless while pondering some serious questions about the world we live in.

The follow up to Peele’s Oscar-nominated debut ‘Get Out’ feels more like an old-school black and white thriller than a schlocky slasher flick. But having said that, fans of either genre are in for a rare treat; a treat that is as entertaining as it is disturbing. Set in the eighties, Peele’s movie also pays a debt of gratitude to Stephen King. It is filled with pop references, sinister scares and enough humour to calm those shattered nerves.

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While vacationing at their beach house near Santa Cruz, the Wilson family is pitted against a terrifying and uncanny adversary — doubles of themselves, with big cheese-eating grins and blood-red jumpsuits.

Lupita Nyong’o gives two powerful performances here as both the protective mother and rubber-faced doppelgänger at the door.

“Who are you people?” the intruders are asked. “We’re Americans,” comes the spookily matter-of-fact reply.

‘Us’ is a movie with a message, but that won’t spoil your popcorn-swilling enjoyment. This is a modern horror classic that ticks all the right boxes.

Peele has done it again!