Director: Jordan Peele
Year Released: 2019
Adelaide (Lupita Nyong'o), her husband Gabe (Winston Duke) and their two children go on vacation to Santa Cruz - a place she visited as a pre-teen and had a life-changing experience - and before they know it, strange individuals that look like them - except they're wearing red jumpsuits and brandishing large scissors - are trying to kill them. Peele's an multi-faceted fellow - he's shown his proficiency at comedy (working with partner Keegan Michael Key) and at horror (he won an Oscar for his script for Get Out) and here's yet another unsettling release, containing more dread than comedy (although there are a few laugh-out-loud moments). His aptitude at building up tension is quite commendable: there's definitely an active intelligence at work in every scene. Some of the critical interpretations of it seem somewhat off to me, however: this is about class (not necessarily racial) warfare, as the doppelgängers seek to dispatch the middle/upper-middle class after being trapped in a state of poverty and isolation their entire lives, and that concluding twist is a real jolt. Nature versus nurture? I'm fairly sure I know where he's leaning in that debate.