Jordan Peele Could Be The Next Rod Serling :
“Us,” Peele’s second film venture since his 2017 hit “Get Out,” had a 70 million dollar opening weekend breaking box office records. This thriller rivals the head-scratching moments once reserved for “The Twilight Zone.” In this thickly layered macabre puzzler “Us,” the more you see, the more questions you’ll have. Peele stops just short of revealing any trade secrets. Some would say not divulging some key information leaves the blockbuster film open to the possibility of a sequel.
Though there are mixed reviews on the movie itself, the cast of characters and the actors who play them are nothing short of brilliant. Adelaide Wilson/Red (Lupita Nyong’o) is the matriarch of both broods who had a disturbing experience while visiting the Santa Cruz boardwalk attractions with her parents in 1986. She strayed from her family to the hall of mirrors when a storm knocks the power out, and she faces what she feels is more than just her reflection in those mirrors. That event was so upsetting to her she manages to suppress the memory for decades.
Now, in her thirties, Adelaide is married to Gabe/Abraham (Winston Duke), and she has two children Zora/Umbrae (Shahadi Wright-Joseph) and Jason/Pluto (Evan Alex). After a day at the beach with friends, Josh Tyler (Tim Heidecker)and Kitty Tyler (Elisabeth Moss) we return with them to their vacation home where later that night the family discovers their evil counterparts in the driveway. From then on these diabolical tunnel dwellers infiltrate this seemingly ordinary family.
It is noteworthy that not all the members of this evil clan talk but they communicate through a type of sign language. Red, Adelaide’s vile twin, communicates through strained guttural speech. “The voice for Red was inspired by a condition known as spasmodic dysphonia, and it’s a condition that comes about from trauma,” Lupita tells PEOPLE. This has brought about a new recognition for the disability.
There is much ado about symbolism in this movie, and which might become a Peele trademark. There are visualizations for just about every act in the film. For every visualization, there are theories about why it is central to the film. The biggest is how the Hands Across America event ties into Us. For a small donation, a person would get a place in the line to perpetuate a human chain. It’s reported that the stunt raised some $34 million. Why it ties in has a lot to do with human cloning. Hint: one might need to be careful not to miss the movie trying to spot and analyze symbolism.