Get Out has been creating quite the internet buzz for itself lately, and rightly so. A highly original and suspenseful horror/thriller with an unsettling political undertone; this isn’t a film you’re likely to forget anytime soon.
Get Out’s premise is a difficult one to describe. What starts as a meet the parents tale, where Chris (Daniel Kaluuya as pictured above) has to travel to a quiet country house to meet his girlfriend’s parents, quickly turns into something much more sinister.
Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, builds tension in the film’s first half perfectly. The film is constantly evolving and taking shape, so you’re never quite sure what it’s going to become. Casual comments from the family and their friends aimed at Chris about his race land intentionally awkwardly, but are the family simply being ignorant or is there something fouler at play?
You won’t find any spoilers here, but it’s safe to say the film has multiple curve-balls to throw at the viewer at any moment you start to think you’re getting a grip on events. Those who find horror a genre not suited to them may have difficulties in the film’s latter reveals, but surprisingly the film avoids cliche’s for the most part, coming across as much more intelligent than your average slashy, quiet quiet BANG mode of horror.
That’s not to say this won’t please genre-fans, but if you’re looking for a film to make you jump then this might not be for you. If you’re looking for something that creeps under the skin and stays with you, while also making you face some uncomfortable truths this is more that kind of thing.
Also surprisingly, the film is very very funny. The tone is often elevated in between moments of political thriller and this is down to both Daniel Kaluuya’s excellent human reactions and the character of Rod, who provides a much lighter way into the story.
This is the kind of film that revitalises hope in the future of cinema. It’s clever, has something to say and has already made its money back in America twenty-five times over. If it sounds like something you’d be interested in, make sure you check it out.