GET OUT (15)
GET OUT (15)
Run time: 104 mins
Director: Jordan Peele
Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, LilRel Howery, Marcus Henderson, Betty Gabriel
Synopsis: Now that Chris and his girlfriend, Rose have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behaviour 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 never could have imagined.
Screening types: 2D
Fifty Years after Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (director Stanley Kramer,1967) comes Jordan Peele’s nerve jangling horror – a social chiller on white, liberal, racist attitudes in contemporary America.
In a pre-title sequence an innocent black man is abducted in an affluent neighbourhood to the creepy strains of Flanagan and Allen’s Run, Rabbit, Run
African-American, Chris, [Daniel Kaluuya – Sicario (2016); Welcome to the Punch (2013), Psychoville, (TV series, 2009-2011)] a talented photographer, leaves to spend the weekend in the country with his white girlfriend, Rose [Alison Williams – Girls (TV series, 2012-2017), although his friend, Rod, (LilRey Howery), a transport security administration officer, advises him not to go to a white girl’s parents’ house,
On arrival father, Dean (Bradley Whitford – [The Cabin in the Woods (2012); The West Wing (TV series, 1999-2006)] and psychiatrist mother, Missy [Catherine Keener – Captain Phillips (2013), A Late Quartet (2012)], greet them warmly.
Initially, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behaviour as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s inter-racial relationship. Repeated assertions that” We would have voted for Obama a third time” begin to sound like a mantra; and the couple’s black servants have a peculiarly passive, ‘Stepford’ like attitude.
As the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead Chris to a truth that he could have never imagined and he becomes ensnared in a more sinister real reason for the invitation.
Equal parts gripping thriller and provocative commentary on current mores, and with a tagline ‘Just because you’re invited doesn’t mean you’re welcome’, the film’s title Get Out can be taken as a warning or a threat……
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