Director: Jordan Peele. Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Katherine Keener. Budget: $4.5 mln. Box office: $252 mln. USA, 2017. IMDb: 7.8. My rating: 3.5/4. Social commentary with elements of thriller, horror and sci-fi.
– The mind is a terrible thing to waste.
(a quote from the movie and the motto of the United Negro College Fund)
– If there’s too many white people I get nervous.
(one of the main characters)
There were, without doubt, some prominent sci-fi debuts that marked the history of cinema, like…
- “Mad Max” (which I don’t really like a lot, but it was hugely influential)
- “Silent Running” (which was undeniably cool in 1972 but didn’t age well)
- “THX 1138” (a disturbing art form of ”1984” by George Lucas, which wasn’t received well but that changed later, as it often happens with dystopias).
There was a huge wave of many good low-budget independent debuts released recently, such as…
…and many other cool flicks. Some of them had mighty figures behind or even directly involved in the production, for example..
Finally, there were some weird and hard to classify sci-fi debuts like…
A full list will be published soon. Anyway.
I doubt whether “Get Out” will become a cult movie like some of these, but it’s an oddball and perfectly crafted movie, mixing all the genres – a bit of comedy, a slice of horror, some sci-fi – all wrapped into a caustic social commentary.
Also, I wouldn’t call it a horror, rather a thriller. It’s not that scary and has little to do with what is intended as modern horror (luckily!) where people like to go in the dark basements and put their limbs in dark holes.
And Samuel L. Jackson’s rant about casting black British actors when plenty of Americans were available is incredible indeed… but more about that later.