Get Out – USA, 2017 – reviews

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‘Just because you’re invited, doesn’t mean you’re welcome’

Get Out is a 2017 American psychological thriller written and directed by Jordan Peele (Us) and produced by Jason Blum (The VisitInsidious franchise; The Gift). It stars Daniel Kaluuya, Catherine Keener and Allison Williams.

The film was released on February 24, 2017, by Universal Pictures and went on to take a whopping $252,434,250 worldwide at the box office against a reported budget of $5 million.

Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy (Catherine Keener) and Dean (Bradley Whitford).

At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined…

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Reviews:

“Touching on everything from police harassment to white America’s appropriation of black culture, Get Out works so well as a gauntlet of social horror that it almost doesn’t need its more traditional thriller elements. In fact, after swelling to a fever pitch of just-because-you’re-paranoid tension, the film settles for some disappointingly conventional third-act survival games.” A.A. Dowd, A.V. Club

“Early in the film, Chris is shown to be a man unruffled by everyday racist sleights, treating them as part of the cost of existing in this world. Get Out, in between its scary moments (and yes, the funny ones scattered throughout), may be suggesting it’s time to pay such signals more mind.” John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

“If Peele had presented this idea directly, it could have come off as preachy, but he masterfully wraps it inside the horror genre and uses it to maximum effect. Peele, through his powerful direction, lets us share in Chris’ paranoia and anxiety. He wants us to empathize with Chris not just on the level of Chris being black, but that his minority status makes him vulnerable to what Rose’s suspicious parents and their friends have in store.” Matt Goldberg, Collider

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“Blending race-savvy satire with horror to especially potent effect, this bombshell social critique from first-time director Jordan Peele proves positively fearless — which is not at all the same thing as scareless. In fact, from the steady joy-buzzer thrills to its terrifying notion of a new way that white people have found to perpetuate the peculiar institution of slavery, Get Out delivers plenty to frighten and enrage audiences.” Peter Debruge, Variety

“Even if there weren’t something insidious (see what I did there, Jason Blum?) going on, it is a fair depiction of white people often trying too hard to show they’re friendlies. All the party guests make awkward racial comments, and there’s a Bingo scene that’s just plain bizarre. Then the third act is just insane. Every little strange thing any character might have said pays off.” Fred Topel, Bloody Disgusting

“The insanity of the final act allows some of the satirical, racially-charged issues to drop away, which is slightly disappointing. He’s playing with so many interesting ideas when it comes to race that I wish the film felt a bit more satisfying it in its payoff, even if that disappointment is amply offset by the pure intensity of the final scenes, during which Peele displays a skill with horror action that I didn’t know he had.” Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

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“A straight-up horror thriller with influences ranging from Dario Argento to Robin Hardy and The Stepford Wives, with doses of humor and gore for the faithful, Peele’s debut is remarkably assured and commercial…” Chris Bumbray, JoBlo.com

“The patience and imagination with which Peele approaches the manufacturing of a yet unseen story around the subject of anti-black bigotry is not only a feat of creativity, but of humanity. I won’t be surprised if Get Out helps to spell out a few important lessons for those who deign to give it a watch. The best part: Any who do will have a hell of a fun and frightful time learning.” Michael Arbeiter, Nerdist

“The core themes are, of course, depressingly timely – it has been referred to as the first Trumpian horror film – and if the script inevitably relies on certain contrivances and coincidences, it’s so refreshing and well-acted it seems churlish to gripe.” Steven West, Horror Screams Video Vault

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Cast and characters:

  • Daniel Kaluuya … Chris
  • Allison Williams … Rose
  • Catherine Keener … Missy
  • Bradley Whitford … Dean
  • Caleb Landry Jones
  • Lil Rel Howery
  • Keith Stanfield
  • Betty Gabriel … Georgina

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