Director: Jordan Peele
Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford
Release Date: May 23, 2017
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 9.5/10
Disc Rating: 8/10
When Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a young African-American man, visits his white girlfriend’s (Allison Williams) family estate, he becomes ensnared in the more sinister, real reason for the invitation. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined. This speculative thriller from Blumhouse (producers of The Visit, Insidious series and The Gift) and the mind of Jordan Peele (Key & Peele) is equal parts gripping thriller and provocative commentary.
From the mind of Jordan Peele comes ‘Get Out’, the story of a young African-American man named Chris (Kaluuya) who is making that fateful trip to finally meet the parents of his white girlfriend Rose (Williams) and spend the weekend at their secluded estate. After an initially great start to the trip filled will acceptance, laughs and friendliness all around, a number of bizarre and odd occurrences and behaviors begin to catch Chris’s attention and when things become a bit too strange, he soon finds himself starting to become increasingly troubled by the situation and people surrounding him. As one disturbing event after another finally causes Chris to reach his breaking point, the true mystery of what is occurring begins to reveal itself.
Written and directed by Jordan Peele who is likely best known to most folks as half of the TV comedy duo ‘Key & Peele’, he does an outstanding job at the helm of ‘Get Out’ (which also marks his directorial debut) guiding the terror, humor and clever story (which he is also responsible for) remarkably. The film also owes some share of the credit to the talented folks that comprise the cast and help to really make the film work so perfectly, including Daniel Kaluuya (Sicario), Allison Williams (TV’s Girls), Bradley Whitford (Billy Madison), Catherine Keener (Death To Smoochy), Caleb Landry Jones (Antiviral), and more, nearly all delivering noteworthy performances in each of their respective roles.
‘Get Out’ is a frightening, moody and distinctly modern exploration (yet with unarguable nods at the past) of fear and uncertainty in that which is unfamiliar, especially once numerous questionable moments and actions can only lead to doubt and unease continue to arise. A truly breathtaking and refreshingly original horror film that isn’t afraid to tackle some real issues while also offering one of the most unique, well crafted and just plain clever horror movie offerings in recent memory. It’s a brave and smart ride that begins with a simple and logical concept and eerily builds with a slow, unsettling pace to an unforgettable conclusion, taking things to some unexpected places along the way and all the while brilliantly managing to remain one step ahead of the audience. Only finally allowing us to truly understand what is happening along with our lead character which makes for a remarkably effective and unsettling journey throughout. Wonderfully guided by the incredibly talented Jordan Peele (best known as half of the famous duo Key & Peele) who manages to capture the tension and humor flawlessly around every turn, and his talented guidance is only further complimented by a solid cast that never misses a beat. I can’t urge the fellow genre fans who haven’t yet had the pleasure of ‘Get Out’ strongly enough to make a point of checking it out as soon as you’re able, anyone who appreciates a smart and unpredictable horror film or simply a marvelous and splendidly crafted and executed film in itself definitely won’t want to miss out on this modern masterpiece of terror that isn’t likely to be forgotten any time soon.
Overall, ‘Get Out’ is a unique, clever, terrifying and at times hilarious look at the most basic of fears, then taking it to another level entirely while always managing to retain a sense of believability and a bleak, yet down to earth tone that forms together into a phenomenal film and one of the very best horror offerings in some time; immediately putting Jordan Peele on the map as an amazing and highly capable filmmaker that is certainly worth keeping an eye on. ‘Get Out’ easily earns one of my highest possible recommendations, it’s a wild, eerie and brilliant horror film that never misses a beat and any fellow genre fan won’t want to dream of missing out on this phenomenal film. It should prove well worth the cost of a rental at the absolute least for anyone who might be understandably hesitant to drop the funds on a blind purchase before seeing it.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Get Out’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks wonderful as a whole and provides a clean, detailed and nearly flawless presentation throughout, with no noticeable faults of any kind to be found within. It holds up impressively even during the numerous darkly lit sequences, never allowing anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected, let alone rendered indiscernible at any point. Overall, this is a fantastic high definition video presentation from Universal that should have no trouble satisfying both fans of the film and those experiencing it for the first time.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This lossless multichannel soundtrack sounds great and offers a consistently crisp, clean and at times quite aggressive audio presentation. It often takes advantage of all five available channels in order to send the music, along with eerie sound effects, crowd chatter and more throughout the various speakers when fitting, and never causing any dialogue that may be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible. Overall, this is a superb 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that contributes splendidly to the overall viewing experience and shouldn’t disappoint.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Get Out’ includes a few noteworthy extras. Included on the release is an ‘Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Jordan Peele’, in addition to an ‘Alternate Ending’ (running approximately 4 minutes in length) and a collection of ‘Deleted Scenes’ (running approximately 23 minutes combined) from the movie, both featuring Optional Commentary with Jordon Peele. We are also treated to a behind the scenes Featurette ‘Unveiling the Horror of Get Out’ (approximately 9 minutes), and a ‘Q&A Discussion with Writer/Director Jordan Peele and the Cast’ (5 minutes).