Seeing Double in “Us”

Aileen Diaz, Staff Writer

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The highly anticipated Jordan Peele movie, Us, came out earlier this month and the METronome is going to give a rundown of the movie without spoiling too much. Peele’s previous blockbuster, Get Out, was a huge success and brought in $255.5 million at the box office. Much like Get Out, Us was written and directed by Jordan Peele. The film has grossed over $220 million worldwide already and has received praise from critics for Peele’s screenplay and direction, as well as for the musical score and acting.

The plot of the movie surrounds Adelaide Thomas (Lupita Nyong’o), her husband Gabe (Winston Duke), and their children, Zora (Shahadi Wright Joseph) and Jason (Evan Alex). The family travels to Adelaide’s family beach house, in which she had a strange encounter when she was younger that still leaves her unsteady about the visit. Her encounter was with her “evil” doppelganger, Red. When they arrive in Santa Monica, Jason sees a man in a red jumpsuit standing alone with blood dripping from his hands, about whom he neglects to tell his family.

Later that night at the beach house, The Wilsons are attacked by doppelgängers of themselves, wearing the same red jumpsuit as the man on the beach.  Red, tells the story of a girl who lives a happy life, while her shadow suffers. The shadow ends up hating the girl and vows revenge.

The movie continues with the Wilsons’ struggle against their doppelgängers. While the Wilsons fight, the rest of the country is revealed to also be in a war with their newly resurfaced doppelgängers. The doppelgängers all hold hands and create a wall of people, a nod to the beginning of the movie which featured a commercial about Hands Across America, an actual public event on Sunday, May 25, 1986, in which approximately 6.5 million people held hands for fifteen minutes in an attempt to form a continuous human chain across the contiguous United States.

The movie is filled with many Easter eggs and allusions, such as Hands Across America and the red suit worn by the bloody man on the beach. While we won’t spoil the end of the movie, we can say it is filled with jaw dropping plot twists and Easter eggs you will be shocked you missed.

The METronome gives Us a 10/10 rating on everything from suspense factor to soundtrack.