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Jordan Peele (2019)

116min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Director Jordan Peele's chilling follow-up to his Oscar-winning hit Get Out could carry the tagline "We are our own worst enemy". Inspired by the vintage episode Mirror Image from The Twilight Zone TV series, it sees the middle-class Wilson family vacationing in Santa Cruz when they start being stalked and menaced by degraded doppelgangers of themselves. While the socio-political allegory feels a little clunky this time and the tight plotting stumbles into overwrought predictability once the genre tropes finally reveal themselves, it's still a weird and wild ride down the rabbit hole, impressively juggling comedy and horror to hugely entertaining effect. What's happening is linked to a unique mythic construct of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Invasion of the Body Snatchers that does sag somewhat under its own lofty ambitions. But a great cast play their dual roles with scary aplomb - especially the centrally important Lupita Nyong'o - all adeptly platformed by Peele's astute film-making finesse.

Summary

In 1986, young Adelaide goes on holiday with her parents to Santa Cruz. During a trip to the circus, she encounters a terrifying presence in a hall of mirrors. Years later, with a family of her own, their world is turned upside when Adelaide's past comes back to haunt her. Jordan Peele's horror thriller, starring Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke and Elisabeth Moss.

Cast & Crew

Adelaide Wilson / Red Lupita Nyong'o
Gabe Wilson / Abraham Winston Duke
Kitty Tyler / Dahlia Elisabeth Moss
Zora Wilson / Umbrae Shahadi Wright Joseph
Jason Wilson / Pluto Evan Alex
Josh Tyler / Tex Tim Heidecker
Russel Thomas / Weyland Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Rayne Thomas / Eartha Anna Diop
Becca Tyler / Io Cali Sheldon
Lindsey Tyler / Nix Noelle Sheldon
Nancy / Syd Kara Hayward
Director Jordan Peele
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Violence, swearingReleased on: 22 Mar 2019
Drama