Director: Jordan Peele
Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Catherine Keener, LaKeith Stanfield
The Twist: They’re all a bunch of homicidal racists.
Jordan Peele’s debut film Get Out is a multi-layered triumph. On the most basic of levels, it’s a horror movie about what happens when a young black guy meets his white girlfriend’s parents for the first time. On a more political level, it’s a quiet but searing criticism of the “casual liberal racists” of our time, the “I want to pick and choose the aspects of black culture that I experience but I would’ve voted for Obama a third time if I could,” kind. And yet it is also a psychological thriller full of twists. Chris (Kaluuya) knows there is something off about his girlfriend Rose’s (Williams) family from the very beginning, but he doesn’t put his finger on it until it’s much too late. When he finds hidden photos of Allison with other black boyfriends—even though she insisted he was the first black man she’d been with—and he recognizes some of the faces as current friends of her parents, he knows he has to leave, but that’s also when he realizes he’s trapped inside a homicidal scheme to lobotomize black people and replace their brains with those of rich white people. It’s an effort to subscribe to the “cool” and “interesting” parts of black life without the hassle of examining and criticizing race or racism. After a bloody battle against his fate, Chris escapes, but it’s a simultaneously electric and traumatic twist all the same.