Movie Review: Us (2009)

Synopsis: Back in 1986, Adelaide becomes separated from her parents at a carnival at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and wanders into a funhouse where she is traumatized by a reflection that seemingly comes to life. More than 30 years later, she returns to the area on a vacation with her husband and kids when a group of doppelgangers attacks them at their cabin.

Who's in it? The movie stars Lupita Nyong'oWinston DukeElisabeth MossTim Heidecker and Shahadi Wright Joseph

Review: My wife and I both like Jordan Peele movies and this one has been on our list for some time as a result. We finally got around to watching it tonight and it didn't disappoint.

There were a number of ways this movie could have gone and one of those ways was it could have turned out to be very dull. That fortunately turned out not to be the case and instead, the film was both entertaining and creepy.

I think the thing that I liked most about this film was the mystery behind the doppelgangers, especially when it was revealed Adelaide's (Nyong'o) wasn't the only group of people with exact duplicates emerging from nowhere and ready to kill. I knew from clues early on in the movie, it had something to do with a classroom full of rabbits and tunnels, but the film does a great job keeping the explanation a secret until the very end.

The part about why there were duplicates was admittedly a little confusing and took me a few minutes to understand at least the gist of what was going on. That worked in the movie's favor, however, at least in my opinion, because I think anything less complicated might have been a little harder to believe, as strange as that might sound.

I also have to admit I liked the twist at the very end of the film. I don't know if it was necessarily unexpected since it didn't catch me completely by surprise, but it still added a new element to the movie and the way the plot was developed that really made me think. It was also one of those things that could lead to a sequel if someone ever wanted to create one while still providing some closure at the end (something too few movies manage to do correctly).

Final Opinion: This was a good movie with a perfect mix of suspense and mystery and a halfway decent ending. I would recommend it as a result.

My Grade: A


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