“Get Out” addresses societal racism while remaining true to its thriller roots

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The film “Get Out” is a heart stopping thrill ride full of suspense up until the very last second of the movie.

The movie begins in a white neighborhood where a black man is going to meet a white girl, when he is kidnapped by an unidentified person. This opening scene provides what’s in store for the rest of the film.

The main character, Chris Washington, is about to spend the weekend at his girlfriend’s, Rose Armitage, family’s home. This leads to many dark and twisted secrets about her family surfacing for Chris to unravel.

Chris Washington is played by Daniel Kaluuya (“Sicario” and “Johnny English Reborn”), Rose is played by Allison Williams (HBO comedy-drama series “Girls”), Rose’s Father by Bradley Whitford (NBC drama “The West Wing” and “Billy Madison”), Rose’s mother by Catherine Keener (“Being John Malkovich”, “Capote”, “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”, “Into the Wild”, and “Synecdoche, New York”), and Rose’s Brother by Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class).

Chris and Rose begin their journey out of the inner city to her parents’ home by a lake in the middle of nowhere. Their trip to the house adds on to the jump scares and racial profiling as they encounter a police officer from the out skirts of the city.

Racial profiling is a common issue we see today and debut film director Jordan Peele does a good job tying this serious issue together into the film and keeping its thriller vibes all intact. Jordan Peele is well known for his TV skits on “Mad TV” and also co-hosting the very popular show “Key and Peele.” Several of Peele’s skits have had to do with racial profiling, so he’s no stranger to speaking out loud about the problem.

The soundtrack to the film really help with the thriller sense for the movie. The music was written by Michael Abels for the film. He’s known for his concert orchestral music that have elements of blues, jazz, and bluegrass. The loud and frightening sounds from the orchestra just adds that extra fright from a jump scare. The rap music that is used in the film is clever from how it was chosen. They chose very auto tuned and creepy sounding rap music to make the chills keep coming down your spine.

One of the best performances in the film is Chris’s friend Rod Williams, who’s played by Lil Rel Howery. His character adds a bright side to the film with his quick humor and his ability to always speak his mind, no matter how crazy it may sound. Howery goes to the police station after Chris hasn’t come back a couple of days after he said he was going to. After Chris tells him everything that happened while he was at his girlfriend’s parents’ house, Rod starts to believe that something bad has happened to Chris. This leads him to go to the police station and tell them that he thinks that they’re brainwashing Chris and using him as a sex slave.

Kaluuya’s performance as Chris Washington is truly magnificent. He continues to look for answers on why all the black people at his girlfriend’s family’s home are acting strange, no matter how dangerous the answers may be.

Allison Williams is a fantastic actress in the film. Her fun-loving character who would do anything for Chris is hard to hate. As the film goes on, more secrets of her past start to come up, turning her into something Chris never expected. Her role as Chris’ loveable girlfriend is something truly perfected by Williams.

The father, Bradley Whitford, the mother, Catherine Keener, and the brother, Caleb Landry Jones are all spot on with their roles. This psychotic family is run by their psychiatrist mother, their neurosurgeon father, and their other soon to be neuro surgeon son. The roles that they portray as the villains of the film were rightfully given to these magnificent actors. The film left me feeling uneasy the whole time and made me want to scream at the screen for Chris to leave the home immediately.

If you’re a fan of thrillers, this movie is definitely for you. If you want to get a better understanding of what type of racism is still alive today, this movie does a great job portraying it to the viewer’s eyes. When I sat down and watched this movie, I was easily reminded by similar acts of racism that we see every day, put into the film for everyone to see.

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