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GET OUT: Horror/Mystery Film

GET OUT was released on February 24, 2017 and was directed by Jordan Peele. This movie challenged the viewer by creating convincing scenarios that confirmed the innocence of many of the characters, only to later on find out the twisted reality of what was actually going on.

The movie stars Daniel Kaluuya as Chris and Allison Williams as Rose. The interracial couple have final reached the milestone of going to Rose’s house and finally meeting the parents. Chris was especially nervous to visit the family as any boyfriend would be. Chris felt very insecure with the lack of communication to Rose’s family about how he was black. Rose assured him that there was nothing wrong with his race and that he would be well accepted into the family.

The setting then takes place at Rose’s parents house where they will be having a family get together where Rose will be able to introduce everyone to the new boyfriend. After arriving to the home, Rose’s parents Dean (Bradley Whitford) and Missy (Catherine Keener) behavior towards Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) comes off as nervous because they do not know how to react towards him being black.

Chris shortly realizes that the family has two black caretakers and try’s to interact with them the best he can. The interactions didn’t go as Chris thought they would’ve gone since both of the family caretakers talked as if they had been given a script of the appropriate response to the questions.

The weekend progresses with the mother attempting to hypnotize Chris to quit his smoking habit only to find out that that unscheduled session was the first step to a truth Chris had no idea about. The entire family then decided to join the party the next day and the comments that are given towards Chris are mainly comments that compliment his psychic.

Chris is then thrilled when he encounters another black man at the party. Chris approaches the man only to realize that the man’s way of communication was similar to the caretakers way of communication. Chris then ends the conversation and calls one of his friends to explain the uncomfortable feeling that he has being around the family. The friend tells him that he is acting strange and to send him a picture of the man that he conversed with earlier.

Chris joins the family downstairs and in the moment of taking the picture, his flash goes off. This situation lead to the man’s actions to become chaotic and the man attacking Chris telling him to get out. Fearing the worse, Chris sends the picture to his friend and they both recognize the man and his friend communicates that he had been missing a couple of months now.

Chris and Rose then leave the party for a walk and the family begins to auction off Chris to the highest bidder.

This situation leads to Chris understanding that something isn’t right and asks his girlfriend Rose if they can leave. Rose agrees and they begin to pack.

As they are head down to the car, Rose’s family begins to corner Chris and as he gets more aggressive the family does as well. Rose then sides with her family and the mother puts Chris into something called “the sunken place” where she had put him before the first time she hypnotized him.

The family has tied up Chris and have prepared the highest bidder for surgery. Dean had perfected a pseudo- immortality method that allows him to transplant the brains of his other friends into the bodies of young black people whose minds have been conditioned for the procedure by Missy.

By the end of the film, Chris murders the entire family and escapes the surgery that was prepared for him. During his attempts to drive away he gets into an accident and is then faced with having to deal with one of the care takers and his girlfriend Rose. The caretaker tackles him down but Chris flashes him out from his hypnosis and he shots Rose and then proceeds to kill himself. His friend then comes to his rescue and they drive back home.

Overall this movie captured incisive social commentary and seat-edge suspense which allowed for the viewer to explore the evils of American suburbia. Although the movie is rate R, I highly recommend seeing it and enjoying its captivating secret.