Get Out (2017)

“Get Out” was written and directed by Jordan Peele in his directorial debut. The films stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Lil Rel, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root, Catherine Keener and Lakeith Stanfield. Peele, who mostly known for his comedic writing and Comedy Central shows, “Key & Peele”, shocked the world with this psychological thriller.

A young photographer, Chris Washington (Kaluuya) and his girlfriend Rose (Williams) are on their way to meet her parents, Dean (Whitford) and Missy Armitage (Keener) and her brother Jermey (Jones) at their rural country side home in Upstate New York. Chris is a little uneasy due to the fact that Rose is white and he is black meeting her family for the first time. The first night, Chris is unable to sleep only to find Missy also awake. She convinces him to try hypnosis to cure his smoking addiction which he developed after his mother’s death in a car accident when he was a child. This surreal moment leaves Chris more uncomfortable than he was when they arrived. A few days later, Chris attends a get together by family and friends of the Armitages. Among them is Logan King (Stanfield) another black man who Chris recognizes but doesn’t remember. Chris attempts to take a picture of Logan without him even noticing but when the flash goes off, Logan goes into a mass panic, yelling at Chris, telling him to “Get Out”. This incident leaves Chris even more uncomfortable, now wanting to leave however, the more he is around this family, the more he begins to peel the layers in which he is later terrified to learn the shocking truth about Rose and her family. With no time to spare, Chris must do all he can to escape this nightmare but how can you escape if they are already inside your mind?

Jordan Peele nailed this movie from beginning to end. The writing, directing and acting are all fantastic. Great performances from Kaluuya and the rest of the cast. The shift in tone from unsure to freighting is incredible. Visually, this was a great psychological thriller. A great film the way around.

After “Get Out”, Daniel Kaluuya went to star in other films such as “Widows”, “Queen & Slim” and “Black Panther”. He is also scheduled to star in the highly anticipated, “Judas & The Messiah” in 2021. Jordan Peele would go to direct another horror film, 2019’s “Us” and the upcoming 2021 remake of the cult classic, “Candyman”. Peele is also working another remake of the hit TV show, “The Twilight Zone”, slated for Fall 2021 release.

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