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OldBoy 03-16-19 08:14 PM

Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 
**SPOILERS WITHIN**

Please continue pre-release discussion here.

Movie:
"Us" (Starring: Lupita Nyong'o, Elisabeth Moss, Anna Drop, Winston Duke, Kara Hayward)

Release Date:
3/22/19

Rating:
R (for for violence/terror, and language throughout.)

Running Time:
116m. (1h. 56m.)

Budget:
$24.601 million (estimated)

IMDb Synopsis:
Spoiler:
In order to get away from their busy lives, the Wilson family takes a vacation to Santa Cruz, California with the plan of spending time with their friends, the Tyler family. On a day at the beach, their young son Jason almost wanders off, causing his mother Adelaide to become protective of her family. That night, four mysterious people break into Adelaide's childhood home where they're staying. The family is shocked to find out that the intruders look like and talk like them, only with grotesque appearances. Written by jesusblack-30225.


IMDb Info and Rating:
7.0 (851 votes as of 3/16/19)

Rotten Tomatoes:
Fresh:55 Rotten:0 (100% as of 3/16/19)

Metacritic:
78 metascore ('Generally favorable reviews' as of 3/16/19)

Trailer:


Poster Art:
https://i.imgur.com/6EQMoos.jpg

OldBoy 03-16-19 09:02 PM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 
tbh i don't see many horror movies in the theaters. maybe once in a blue moon. i'd rather at home and usually like the rarer or smaller ones than the mainstream PG-13 shit they dole out on a monthly basis, but with Get Out and the reviews this is getting thus far, i have been scoping out times and theaters for this already...

Hazel Motes 03-18-19 02:17 AM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 
Currently sitting at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes with 60 reviews. I assume Armond White hasn't seen it yet. Although whether or not he's seen a film is pretty trivial when it comes what he's already decided to think about a movie.

dex14 03-21-19 08:40 AM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 
Seeing this tonight.

BO Tracking has this opening $45-50mil range. Personally, I think this has the potential to be at least $60mil.

RichC2 03-21-19 12:07 PM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 
It'll pull higher, it's doing very well in pre-sales.

I didn't care for Get Out, but this looks like a lot of fun.

dex14 03-21-19 12:12 PM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 

Originally Posted by RichC2 (Post 13520356)
It'll pull higher, it's doing very well in pre-sales.

I didn't care for Get Out, but this looks like a lot of fun.

I wouldn't be surprised if higher. That's why I said at least.

DJariya 03-21-19 04:20 PM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 
I'm actually going to see this on Tuesday. I had an Atom Tickets credit that I had to use a few months ago and pre-ordered my ticket at a Regal theatre and it only cost me $1.50 for the ticket.

I didn't see Get Out until it came out on BD, but I am looking forward to this.

Perkinsun Dzees 03-22-19 12:56 AM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 
Saw this tonight.

Surprised by all the rave reviews from critics. I thought this was pretty routine. Maybe even a little less than routine.

While it is buoyed by an undeniably interesting concept and has a fine dual lead performance by Lupita, it plays out in a predictable and sometimes rather dumb manner. Too many drawn out chase scenes/fight scenes/kill scenes that brought nothing new to the table and seemed to drag on and on. And I never once felt that the main family was in any real danger, as overly convenient things kept happening to constantly bail them out (like, why did the doppelganger dad not beat his original self to death with the bat instead of going to the trouble of putting him in a trash bag and taking him out onto the ocean?).

How come the doppelgangers were sometimes forced to mimic the originals' movements, and other times they didn't?

The attempt to give the situation a wider apocalyptic feel with newscasts about people being slaughtered and shots of dead bodies on the streets felt rather cheesy, almost like The Happening.

And so the Mom "doppelganger" (or so we think) and original Mom duel it out, with the "doppelganger" easily getting the upper hand throughout, but then she gets mortally wounded when she tries to sneak up behind the mom, who just turns around and stabs her with the poker. WTF?

You could see the final twist coming from a mile away and it still made little sense in the context of the narrative.

I thought the visuals tended to be more banal than nightmarish. The "ballet" flashback-infused finale was pretty ridiculous.

I was not a huge fan of Get Out, but I think I enjoyed it quite a bit more than this movie.



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Why So Blu? 03-22-19 02:20 AM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 
Just got back from this and it was fine. Get Out is a much better film and more coherent. I think Us is much more abstract. I did call the ending, though. I did not understand the rabbits and what they were about, but I did get what the "tethered" was but.

As Perkinsun mentioned, the doppleganger movements and such, was wildly inconsistent and quite convenient when it needed to be.

With that being said, I won't say that Peele has hit a "sophomore slump" - not by a long shot. He's a big time horror film nerd and knows what's up. My crowd started out strong but ended up with a somewhat mixed reaction. I heard a guy say that he was not impressed. I also heard two girls talking about it and one asked her friend "what was that about?" Her friend replied, "Bitch, I don't know!" :lol:

dex14 03-22-19 05:02 AM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 
The rabbits were the Tethered’s food.

dex14 03-22-19 07:18 AM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 
I'm not sure how I feel about, but I did rate it a 4. I liked it in the beginning but started to be taken out of it towards the end. I think there will be a lot of comments poking holes through things but maybe in subsequent viewings will have more of an understanding of why.

The acting by all was great as was the music.

GoVegan 03-22-19 09:45 AM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 
I liked it. No, it wasn't quite the same caliber as Get Out, but the acting was great and it was a fun thriller. I'm sure I'll see it again, possibly in the theater.

Why So Blu? 03-22-19 09:51 AM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 

Originally Posted by dex14 (Post 13520832)
The rabbits were the Tethered’s food.

Really? Outside of one-two scenes of rabbits being in cages, none of the Tethered were ever getting their grub on. :confused:

Oh, and I really liked the music score.

dex14 03-22-19 09:56 AM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 

Originally Posted by Why So Blu? (Post 13520921)
Really? Outside of one-two scenes of rabbits being in cages, none of the Tethered were ever getting their grub on. :confused:

Oh, and I really liked the music score.

It was spoken. Something like... on the surface you were eating nice food, while I was eating rabbit flesh.

dex14 03-22-19 10:05 AM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 

Jordan Peele's critically acclaimed Us earned a terrifying $7.4 million in Thursday night previews at the North American box office.

That's among the best showings ever for a horror film.
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/he...5V428rXUqPFjXo

Why So Blu? 03-22-19 11:21 AM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 

Originally Posted by dex14 (Post 13520922)
It was spoken. Something like... on the surface you were eating nice food, while I was eating rabbit flesh.


Ah, gotcha. Rabbit is delicious, too.

GoVegan 03-22-19 02:12 PM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 
The flare gun gave me a big laugh, since the second he stepped on the friend's "Be-yachtch", I figured that's where it was going, but I was expecting it to be a little more dramatic. :)

RichC2 03-22-19 02:13 PM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 
$64 - $68m weeekend early look.

raven56706 03-22-19 02:23 PM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 
someone give me the twist at the end. i dont plan on watching this film but curious

Dr. DVD 03-22-19 03:40 PM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 
Caught this last night at a close to sold out showing. I think this is a case where an excellent movie could have been great but didn't know when to quit giving answers. I really wish we weren't told that the N'Yongo character was in fact the doppleganger. For one, I thought that would have been the obvious twist from the time it was said "she wasn't the same girl" . Secondly, leaving that open for debate assures that people would be talking about the movie for many years. As it is, "Us" is a well made horror movie that's very entertaining. Peele definitely has a good eye for the camera and some of the scenes, the opening and closing ones in particular , were very reminiscent of Kubrick. I hope that Peele has it in him to make one more horror film to the level of what he's made so we can then have a trilogy.

I will agree with others that the shadow beings were only controlled and not controlled when it was convenient. Come to think of it, what was the point of their existence? I couldn't quite get it from the Shadow Nyongo's explanation.

Perkinsun Dzees 03-22-19 03:59 PM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 

Originally Posted by Dr. DVD (Post 13521120)
Come to think of it, what was the point of their existence? I couldn't quite get it from the Shadow Nyongo's explanation.

I was under the impression that they were created to allow the government to control the people aboveground. But the experiment failed because the Tethered could only mimick the behavior of their doppelgangers and not have it be the other way around. And so the government abandoned them and left them to their own devices thinking they were mindless beings who would waste away and disappear, not realizing that there was a normal person among them who would lead a rebellion.

Why So Blu? 03-22-19 04:05 PM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 

Originally Posted by Perkinsun Dzees (Post 13521128)
I was under the impression that they were created to allow the government to control the people aboveground. But the experiment failed because the Tethered could only mimick the behavior of their doppelgangers and not have it be the other way around. And so the government abandoned them and left them to their own devices thinking they were mindless beings who would waste away and disappear, not realizing that there was a normal person among them who would lead a rebellion.

I totally forgot about that. There was that line that came off as an awkward throwaway line - When they ask the dopplegangers "what they are" and the reply was "We're Americans!"



dex14 03-22-19 04:06 PM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 
Don’t overlook the obvious Us / U.S.

Why So Blu? 03-22-19 04:13 PM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 

Originally Posted by dex14 (Post 13521138)
Don’t overlook the obvious Us / U.S.

Holy shit. This thing seems to be more multilayered than I thought.


https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/dvdtalk...09cf98e49b.gif

dex14 03-22-19 04:15 PM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 
:lol: Dude. There’s a lot going on here.

Decker 03-23-19 01:43 AM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 

Originally Posted by Why So Blu? (Post 13520921)
Really? Outside of one-two scenes of rabbits being in cages, none of the Tethered were ever getting their grub on. :confused:

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Wrong. You see a flashback scene of folks at the pier eating food while the tethered ate skinned rabbits at tables in a room off the main corridor.

Decker 03-23-19 01:46 AM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 
I liked it quite a bit. Tons was left unexplained but enough was fun and inventive and effective to make for a fine classy horror film. I thought the performances were great, esp Lupita of course. Funnier than I thought it would be as well. Peele is a very effective director. Would like to see what he could do outside of genre work.

Why So Blu? 03-23-19 01:53 AM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 

Originally Posted by Decker (Post 13521375)
Wrong. You see a flashback scene of folks at the pier eating food while the tethered ate skinned rabbits at tables in a room off the main corridor.

Yeah, I didn't catch that.


Decker 03-23-19 02:07 AM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 

Originally Posted by Why So Blu? (Post 13521377)
Yeah, I didn't catch that.

It was a quick shot and kind of in the background.

Speaking of which : Did anyone else notice that this was the second blockbuster this month to feature the double-VHS release of The Right Stuff? Weird coincidence.

asianxcore 03-23-19 08:29 AM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 
Saw this last night with a friend.

Left the theater feeling a bit disappointed. The film is well-made but I thought it was overstuffed, with many pieces not quite clicking together in a coherent manner.

One random thing that bugged me was how the bodies were staged around the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and the East Cliff Area of Santa Cruz. The film tells us that there is hysteria in the streets but when our characters finally leave their neighborhood, returning to the Boardwalk area, there are only a handful of bodies, strategically placed and largely bloodless (outside of blood-stained clothing). Having visited the city countless times, I have to imagine that the city of Santa Cruz had specifics of what could or couldn't be shot there, considering how much money tourism brings into Santa Cruz each year. In the end, the scenes just look wonky and pull a lot of tension out of the later scenes that take place in broad daylight.

I absolutely loved the introduction of Red's Family and the (entire) home invasion scene and wished the film kept that level of tension and sharpness throughout.

Dr. DVD 03-23-19 05:55 PM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 
Upon reflection, I still like the movie but there is a whole lot that is left unexplained.

1) How were the tethered able to sustain themselves after the government or whoever abandoned them?

2) How in the world did they first come to be and how did they work initially?

3) How in the world could a tethered like Abraham come to be by eating raw rabbit? Come to think of it, wouldn't most of them have just died of malnutrition after the first year or so of nothing but that?

This movie was fun, but plot hole wise it's starting to get more of a Dark Knight Rises/Prometheus vibe.

Abob Teff 03-23-19 11:29 PM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 
Like many here, I enjoyed the filmmaking and found the acting to be superb ... but the movie itself left a little more to be desired. Winston Duke was ... just wow. Hard to believe that is the guy from Black Panther. Lupita Nyongo ... I’ll probably catch grief for this, but ... Oscar nomination?

The opening script and the C.H.U.D. VHS tape gave a pretty good idea of what was under the surface from the beginnning (pun intended). While I had the “main” twist pegged from the moment it happened, I feel there was another twist that left me feeling like I did in Signs (and that’s not a compliment) — that twist being that there was no other twist and the bizarre shit is actually real.

A few questions:

What was the significance of the Hands Across America bit? Was it that the doppelgängers could no longer function without their “real world” self and this was some kind of “default” state?

So how did the son know something was “off” at the end? I get that she was the doppelgänger, but she had been his whole life and was actually his mom.

Why So Blu? 03-24-19 12:21 AM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 

What was the significance of the Hands Across America bit? Was it that the doppelgängers could no longer function without their “real world” self and this was some kind of “default” state?

"Build that wall!"

Decker 03-24-19 12:53 AM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 

Originally Posted by Abob Teff (Post 13521765)

A few questions:

What was the significance of the Hands Across America bit? Was it that the doppelgängers could no longer function without their “real world” self and this was some kind of “default” state?

So how did the son know something was “off” at the end? I get that she was the doppelgänger, but she had been his whole life and was actually his mom.

Both those questions and more are touched on here

The 'Us' Post-Game Report*

My daughter loves vintage clothes and wore her Hands Across America t-shirt today. :lol:

Dr. DVD 03-24-19 09:32 AM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 

Originally Posted by Decker (Post 13521782)

Both those questions and more are touched on here

The 'Us' Post-Game Report*

My daughter loves vintage clothes and wore her Hands Across America t-shirt today. :lol:


Still no explanation as to how they got all of those scissors :D While I think the movie is entertaining, if a critic has to say "this is better when you don't think about it" , it has severe plot issues.

dex14 03-24-19 10:31 AM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 
$70mil debut: https://variety.com/2019/film/box-of...a8vqkl7ZpEkV10

Wolf359 03-24-19 07:06 PM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 
Thought the acting and score were great and liked bits here and there but on the whole I thought it was a turd. Are we supposed to think that literally 300+ million duplicate people are living underground? Why? Where were the people who cloned them? Did they have a factory to produce all those red jumpsuits?

If it wasn't for that awful reveal/ending I would rate it higher.

Osiris3657 03-24-19 08:08 PM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 
I saw this today and honestly thought it was alittle overrated, even after reading a plot description to make sure I understood the story. Get Out was much better, imo. Still entertaining though, no regrets seeing it, just don't feel it's deserving of the praise it's been getting.

Brack 03-24-19 09:10 PM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 
Agree with most comments so far. Not as good as Get Out, though pretty engaging nonetheless. Lots of stuff thrown at the wall, which not all stuck. I feel like if M. Night had made this, it would have been shit on without mercy, but maybe I’m wrong in thinking that.

IDrinkMolson 03-24-19 10:26 PM

Re: Us (Peele, 2019) — The Spoiler Filled Reviews Thread
 
Yeah. I was letdown too. I rewatched Get Out hours before going just incase there were any callbacks to it, and it had been awhile since I saw it. I thought Get Out is far superior than Us.
I pretty much understood what was going on. I suspected that it was possible the kids swapped places shortly after the encounter in the mirror house. The humor was mixed in pretty good, and I thought the comedy was better than the "horror". Maybe this should have been categorized as "sci-fi"?
It was interesting. Great acting. Score and soundtrack were really good too. But I agree, overrated. I gave it 3.

Elisabeth Moss in red, she must like that color.

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