After a notably devastating year for race relations in the US, Jordan Peele’s directorial debut “Get Out” may be a hit but causing an understandable stir.
The plot focuses on Chris (Sicario’s Daniel Kaluuya), a black man planning to meet the parents of his white girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) for the first time. But from the outset, something seems off. An uncomfortable encounter with a local cop puts them – and us – on edge and once they arrive at the family’s home and get settled, Chris becomes aware of increasingly strange, and potentially murderous, behavior. A major element of the movie.
It’s a thrilling conceit and one hopes that “Get Out” might signal a trend of culturally relevant horror films from film-makers of color.
While “Get Out” will act as entertainment predominantly (it’s from Blumhouse, the production company behind Insidious and The Purge), with daily reports of black men killed for the color of their skin, it’s also a vital reminder that racism remains a more terrifying force than any supernatural boogeyman.
“Get Out” is in theatres on February 24, 2017.