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Get Out

  • 2017
  • R
  • 103min
  • 98%
  • 7.7 / 10

Presented as a horror film, the story of Get Out tackles the issue of racism in a chilling way. Daniel Kaluuya, who plays Chris, is the only colored person in a sea of elite whites.

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Jordan Peele is a comedian. He was a cast member on the sketch comedy television series, Mad TV. He was also one-half of the comedy duo Key & Peele that appeared on Comedy Central. Peele is a huge horror movie buff. For his first film, Get Out, he took inspiration from such films as The Silence of the Lambs, The Shining, and Rosemary's Baby. The overarching theme of these movies was the uneasiness of having your personal space taken over. Peele paralleled the issue of gender, of men conspiring against women, to that of race. He coins the term 'social thriller', wherein the villain is society itself. The cinematography of the film is also noteworthy. Some classic horror movies find themselves throughout Get Out's film narrative. Peele cites The Amityville Horror as inspiration for the movie title. The idyllic setting is reminiscent of 1978's Halloween, where a murderous slasher runs around in a quiet suburb. The way in which Chris (Kaluuya) descends into madness is alike that of Jack Nicholson's character in The Shining.

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Get Out is comedian Jordan Peele's directorial debut film. It was first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. February 24, 2017 was its theatrical release in the United States. The movie tells of a young African-American man who travels with his girlfriend to her all-white family. Upon his arrival, questionable things start happening until he discovers a horrible secret. Get Out received praise from critics. It had four nominations during the 90th Academy Awards, winning Best Original Screenplay. It also carries five nominations from the 23rd Critics' Choice Awards, two Golden Globe nominations, and two British Academy Film nominations.