NOPE – “A Jordon Peele horror movie mashed up with a Steven Spielberg sci-fi film”

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RATING

DIRECTOR

Directed by: Jordan Peele (Get Out – 2017)

MAIN CAST

  • Daniel Kaluuya as OJ Haywood
  • Keke Palmer as Emerald Haywood
  • Steven Yeun as Ricky "Jupe" Park
  • Brandon Perea as Angel Torres
  • Michael Wincott as Antlers Holst
  • Wrenn Schmidt as Amber Park
  • Keith David as Otis Haywood Sr.
  • Donna Mills as Bonnie Clayton
  • Barbie Ferreira as Nessie
  • Devon Graye as Ryder Muybridge
  • Eddie Jemison as Buster
  • Oz Perkins as Fynn Bachman

SYNOPSIS

After random objects falling from the sky result in the death of their father, ranch-owning siblings OJ and Emerald Haywood attempt to capture video evidence of an unidentified flying object with the help of tech salesman Angel Torres and documentarian Antlers Holst.

REVIEW SUMMARY

Nope is a Jordon Peele horror movie mashed up with a Steven Spielberg sci-fi film – and that’s a good thing. Scratch that, that’s a great thing! Yes, Jordan Peel makes it 3 for 3 with Nope, as he continues to shine as a horror director with plenty to say and interesting ways to say it. No spoilers of course, but just know that like another famous horror director (Hitchcock or something) our director continues to be the master of misdirection (i.e. forget what you’ve seen in the adverts). He takes a lot of risks here, and heck, they almost all pay off. One of the things that he does masterfully, is mix genuine laugh out loud humour with edge of your seat suspense. But, in true Jordan Peele fashion, the film is coated with underlying social commentaries. This time, they range from the American dream to dealing (and profiting) off tragedy. It’s also a love letter to filmmaking in a lot of ways - the “film crew” to be precise. But above all else, it’s about humanities obsession with spectacle. And in order to get his point across, well, Peele creates a spectacle of a movie. It’s honestly great work, and everyone involved nails it. The cinematography is also out of this world (no pun intended) with some remarkable skyward shots. Could this film be a little too much for some? Yeah. I also think the end might lead to some head scratching. But, there will be no denying that Nope is a thrill ride for the ages!

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