Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Movie Matter: 8 stars
“The lord shall bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hear them.”
– Jeremiah 11:11
The number sequence “11:11” appears in a variety of ways in Jordan Peele’s latest horror classic, “Us”, and its’ meaning is open to interpretation. In just his second time directing a feature film, Peele created another masterpiece to follow up his Oscar-winning debut film “Get Out” (2017).
“Us” follows the story of Adelaide Wilson and her family (the Wilson’s), as they vacation to Santa Cruz Beach, a place where Adelaide experienced an extremely traumatic event as a young girl. Her experience is depicted in the opening scene, which is the most important scene of the movie in my opinion. I don’t want to spoil anything beyond that!
When the Wilson Family arrives in Santa Cruz, things appear relatively normal, until a group creepy Wilson-family lookalikes show up at their house, and then shit really hits the fan. The doppelgängers represent “Us” (the movie title), and are designed to portray the “You vs Us” mindset that many people fall into in terms of racial issues and social change.
I thought Lupita Nyong’o was unbelievable as main character Adelaide Wilson, and I’d argue that she should’ve won an Oscar for her performance. Overall, I thought “Us” was a great film, and definitely a must-see movie for horror movie fans. If you don’t like scary movies, I would stick with Nickelodeon.
I don’t usually get creeped out by scary movies, and I don’t consider myself a “spiritual” person, but my experience with this movie was different. I say different because since the day I watched it, I’ve been constantly looking at the clock right at 11:11 (AM or PM), which apparently is a common experience.
Many neurologists believe that looking at the clock at 11:11 is purely coincidental, while others believe it represents something more ominous. I guess only God knows, but judging from his quote above he probably isn’t willing to help “us”.
After careful consideration, I’m giving “Us” a generous 8/10 stars.