By Da CogNegro & Khalil Hamiduddin
Synopsis: Chris is invited, by his girlfriend, to spend a weekend, with her affluent parents, in a remote and exclusive community.
Director: Jordan Peele
Release Date: February 24th, 2017
CogNegro's Take: The chills and thrills can come off a bit too conventional at times. But what Jordan Peele's debut film ,Get Out, lacks in original approach to horror, is made up for in its strong social commentary. Each conversation, interaction and revelation acts to remove the veil of acceptance, expose the underbelly of racial patronization, and defines the nefarious purpose such tactics serve. Furthermore, the humor, which is sprinkled all through out the film, never acts as a deterrent or device to dilute the overarching theme. This can also be said about Peele's music selection. The most impressive fact about the movie though has to be the use of its horror tropes in creating logical reasoning for the existence of the paradoxical dichotomy of admiration and hatred! In closing, Get Out is relevant viewing! Especially, in these racially divided times! (B+)- CgN
Mr. Hamiduddin 's Take: From the mind of Jordan Peele, one half of the comedic duo known as Key and Peele...think of them as Chappelle Show light or what Pepsi One is to Pepsi, comes one of the most controversial movies about interracial dating since Spike Lee's Jungle Fever. Get Out is quite successful in using tried and true horror tropes. This results in Peele creating genuine tension by focusing on real life situations as oppose to cheap jump scares. In addition, he also succeeds at blending social commentary with humor! To say that I was a bit skeptical on viewing this film would be an understatement. Let's just say that I shared the sentiment as one of the sketch comedy's original characters, Luther (Obama's translator), when he vehemently pronounced " NO, I DON'T THINK I CAN"! Nevertheless, Get Out's humor, effective use of tropes and common sense approach proves that you still can experience a breath of fresh air in the horror genre. This is a must see! (A)