“Get Out” : Escape confinement

Jordan Peele's brand new horror will leave you in shock.

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Daniel Kaluuya plays the main character who is trapped in an unknown place

Daniel Kaluuya plays the main character who is trapped in an unknown place

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Daniel Kaluuya plays the main character who is trapped in an unknown place

Kevon Elzey, Staff Writer

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A young African-American man named Chris makes his first trip to a predominantly Caucasian neighborhood in attempts to meet his girlfriend’s parents. The following day he goes to a community gathering to introduce himself to everyone. As his eyes wander around, he begins to notice the unnatural atmosphere in which he is in, surrounded by overly-happy, white upper class citizens who seem to be excited by his presence. In shock, he notices another African American man and approaches him out of sheer courtesy. Chris tries to hold a conversation with him, but senses an awkward feeling from him. Seeking to find out who he is, Chris takes a photo of him with his phone and sends it to his closest friend. The sound and flash of the camera draws everyone’s attention and it becomes dead silent. The man stops and stares as if he were paralyzed from the flash. Blood begins to seep from his nose and he then cries, “Get out!”

Director, screenwriter, and producer Jordan Peele, has made great success with his brand new horror film “Get Out.” The motion picture is unlike any other through its distinct story-line and uncommon concept. Overall, this film will have you leaving theaters saying “Wow,” because of it’s amazing screenplay and writing. For a comedian like Jordan Peele to create a horror film, it was a surprise to many. Even though this was unlikely of him, he executed the making of this movie with perfection by choosing a superb cast and directing staff. 

The motion picture “Get out” is  a well-written movie about an African American man named Chris Washington, who is portrayed by Daniel Kaluuya. Chris and his Caucasian girlfriend Rose Armitage (Alison Williams) finally feel comfortable enough to meet one another’s parents. They make their way upstate to a small neighborhood where Rose’s parents reside. There they meet Dean Armitage (Bradley Whitford) and Missy Armitage (Katherine Keener).  Everything seems to be normal. Chris notices how the neighborhood is predominately Caucasian and that every African American that resides there is very odd. Not only that, Chris is also informed by his friend Rod Williams (LiRel Howery) that African Americans who have gone to this neighborhood were reported missing after the next few days. Chris tries to escape this eerie neighborhood with his girlfriend, Rose, but is captured in the process. Unknowing of where he is and what is going on, Chris must escape this deranged neighborhood.

The concept of this film was to display modern race relations between African Americans and Caucasians in suburban America. Although Jordan Peele took race relations in this motion picture to a different level, it is still evident within the film how some Caucasians are very unaware of the things they say around African Americans. It is very prominent in today’s world that the ignorance that comes from some suburban Caucasian is one of the most overlooked forms of racism in modern times.  

The motion picture, “Get Out” has made great success, receiving $168.2 in the box office. Not only that, but the film has a near perfect rating of 99% fresh from Rotten Tomatoes. The movie was also rated an 8.2/10 from the International Movie Database (IMBD). Jordan Peele who is most commonly known for his comedic skills, shocked the nation, for it was his first time producing a horror film. The film was outstanding, containing a unique storyline, great actors, and a real-world concept. “Get Out” was able to touch base with the modern issue of race relations within suburban America. The conflict between African Americans and Caucasians is that when it comes to engagement between the two, some Caucasians try to find things in common with African Americans so that they can relate on the same level as them. For example, during a conversation, Rose’s father casually mentions to Chris that he would have voted for President Barack Obama for a third term if it were possible. Things like this are done daily within suburban America and are not as highlighted as other forms of race relations, but need to be looked at all the same.

All in all, “Get Out” is a film that everyone should watch. This film has it all: distinct storyline, funny moments, and heart pounding acts. See “Get Out” in theaters near you.

 

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