Us ★★★

While vacationing along Santa Cruz's boardwalk, a family suddenly confront rough-hewn doppelgangers seething with rage over mysterious wrongs.

Assured sophomore feature from writer-director Jordan Peele showing confidence in the audience's ability to take in nuanced details. Ambiguity surrounding the arch-family is slowly revealed for the attentive withholding the need for exposition dumps. The ensemble cast and screenplay do a wonderful job of establishing investment in both sides of the characters.

That is up until a point. Cronenbergian realism behind the phenomena sours cerebral build once the "outbreak" is more widespread than first presented. An aspect also muddling its red herrings toward class division in America and logic over the family's convenient control over their evil mirrors. Despite deflating Peele's cake mid-bake, it's obvious the filmmaker kept the mainstream in mind, concessions that still push the genre and to as many eyes as possible. Get Out (2017) similarly overreaches with its revelations but is less harmed. Don't be afraid to leap off without safety nets—the audience will follow. Watched via Universal's Blu-ray.

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