A wild-west bounty hunter, Kurt Russell, gets caught in a blizzard while transporting his fugitive, Jennifer Jason Leigh, through the Wyoming plains. They find shelter in a stagecoach lodge with six other mysterious characters.
A published poet, played by Javier Bardem, and his young wife, Jennifer Lawrence, are rebuilding his old country home that burned down. Strangers begin to show up and turn their world upside down. As usual, Darren Aronofski created a psychological thriller that keeps the audience guessing throughout the film. With Aronofski the only thing you can expect, is the unexpected.
Jordan Peele’s Get Out is a psychological thriller that keeps you on your toes and unsure of where the characters stand the whole way through. The story follows Chris, played by Daniel Kaluuya, and his girlfriend Rose, played by Allison Williams, as they visit her family in upstate New York. No more information is needed. Peele succeeds in taking the viewer on a comedic, thrilling, and satisfying ride.
I am a big fan of mysteries and thrillers. Throw in a little mental illness and psychological drama and I’m hooked. The aspect of this film that I liked the most was the slow development of Rachel’s story, played by Emily Blunt. The speed of this film has been one of the most disliked aspects, but without it there would be no story. The disjointed nature of the film keeps the viewer guessing, although I will admit it grasps unnecessarily at plot points. The arc of the film and the mystery itself is not especially earth shattering or novel. It is Rachel’s story outside of the murder mystery that I find most engaging.
This directorial debut for Eggers was pretty intense. I feel like this is what people were expecting when The Village, by M. Night Shyamalan, was released. This film follows a puritan family exiled from their village to the edges of a forest. The film shifts from a thriller to a horror relatively quickly and keeps us guessing as to what is going on until the absolute end.