*Spoiler Alert* If you haven’t seen the film, “Us” there are some spoilers.
Once again Jordan Peele has peeled back our brains with this movie. Of course this may be his first “horror” movie but Get Out seemed a little scary too. Jordan Peele is known for his comedy show, “Key and Peele.” It’s a 30 minute skit show with his partner Keegan-Michael Key. Jordan Peele has separated himself when it comes to directing horror movies. His latest, Us has audiences going crazy and trying to figure out, What is he telling us? What is the message he’s trying to get across to his audience.
Lupita Nyong’o, the star of Peele’s new movie, plays Adelaide the wife of Gabe Wilson (Black Panther’s Winston Duke) whose life has been traumatized by her past. Carrying this unresolved issue from her childhood to her current life as a wife and mother to their kids (Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex), she has a feeling something bad will happen while on vacation at their beach home where Adelaide’s family used to travel to for vacation.
When I went to see the film, I was ready for what Peele had waiting for us. In the beginning of the film, Adelaide, as a child in 1986, was at the fair with her mother and father. Her character was quiet and reserved. She wandered off and there was a homeless man holding up a cardboard cutout saying, Jeremiah 11:11. What did this mean? — “Therefore thus says the LORD, “Behold I am bringing disaster on them which they will not be able to escape; though they will cry to Me, yet I will not listen to them,” as stated into English in the King James Bible. Throughout the movie we kept seeing 11:11 and the homeless man once again when the family visits the same beach but he’s being carted away into an ambulance.
The family’s doppelgängers, the “tethers,” who show up at their vacation home, are what makes the movie and what had me confused as to how there was two of each person. These people were clones created by the government as an experiment. Which refers to the Hands Across America, a benefit event and campaign which about 6.5 million people held hands in a human chain for fifteen minutes along a path across the United States. Proceeds from money being taken to hold their place in line were donated to local charities to fight hunger and homelessness. Red who is, Adelaide’s doppelgänger tries to take over and reclaim her and her families place above ground.
Too much spilled? Please if you haven’t seen Us, go see it NOW! Peele’s movies are mind boggling but still a masterpiece of work along with his new remake of a tv series called, Twilight Zone. He’s a director who makes you think and want to go see his work over and over again.