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“Get Out” a Disturbing Fright Film

 

Disturbing and provocative the movie Get Out turns up the volume on suspense and terror. One of the better scary films in a long time, the movie challenges you from the very start as to the motives of a family gathering with a “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” impression that turns sour. If you like fright films like The Visit the this is your cup of tea.

Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) a college age black man and Rose Armitage (Allison Williams) a white woman are madly in love living together in a one bedroom flat. It has been several months since they have been heating up their romance and Rose sets up a weekend to meet her parents. When Chris asks if she told them that he is black, she counters in the negative assuring him that they will welcome him with open arms.

Chris (DANIEL KALUUYA) with girlfriend Rose (ALLISON WILLIAMS) in Universal Pictures’ “Get Out,”

Arriving at the Armitage mansion Chris gets introduced to her parents Dr. Missy (Catherine Keener), a psychiatrist, and Dr. Dean Armitage (Bradley Whitford), a surgeon, who do welcome him with hugs. Chris is delighted, but a little doubting when he meets Rose’s brother Jeremy Armitage (Caleb Landry Jones) who gets a little physical showing him his martial arts ability. After getting settled in, things start to happen quickly as the Armitage’s have invited a throng of guests to meet their daughter’s newest beau.

Missy (CATHERINE KEENER), Dean (BRADLEY WHITFORD), Rose (ALLISON WILLIAMS), Georgina (BETTY GABRIEL) and Chris (DANIEL KALUUYA) in Universal Pictures’ “Get Out,”

The film goes on from their following the first 15 minute set up that leads up to a very suspense filled hour and 20 minutes. Director and writer Jordan Peele turns up the heat creating a suspicion with interactions between the guests and the hired help. He chooses the perfect music and settings having things pop up unexpectedly, but quickly adds some comedy for relief. It’s a very good ploy to create tension throughout and the film that becomes a perfect storm of terror.

BETTY GABRIEL as Georgina in Universal Pictures’ “Get Out,”

The performance by Daniel Kaluuya (Sicario) shows he has what it takes to be a welcoming showman. He handles his character with assurance, giving a cool performance as Chris the unsuspecting boyfriend that finds himself in a quandary as to what is taking place at the Armitage Estate. As the film progresses, he starts to realize that things aren’t what they seem to be and his attitude and demeanor starts to change radically.

Get Out has been rated R by the MPAA for violence, bloody images, and language including sexual references. There are some scenes where things jump out of nowhere and others that are very gory.

FINAL ANALYSIS: a very good thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat

Additional Film Information:
Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root, Lakeith Stanfield and Catherine Keener
Directed and written by: Jordan Peele
Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Dark Comedy
MPAA Rating: R for violence, bloody images, and language including sexual references.  
Running Time: 1hr. 45 min.
Release Date: February 24, 2017
Distributed by: Universal Pictures

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Film Editor John Delia has been on all sides of the movie business from publications to film making. He has worked as a film critic with ACED Magazine for more than 11 years and earned a Bachelors degree in communications from the University of Florida. John is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. Follow John on Twitter @staragent1 or send John a message at jdelia@acedmagazine.com