Adam Graham Detroit News Film Critic Published 9:30 AM EDT Mar 22, 2019 Doppelgängers, American identity, the Hands Across America campaign, the transformative nature of the Luniz’ 1995 hit “I Got 5 on It”: Jordan Peele has a lot on his mind in his new movie, “Us.” While his breathless, nerve-racking and tricky horror thriller is never less than gripping, the writer-director takes on too much, and the end result comes up short. But what a ride it is getting there. Peele, in his follow-up to 2017’s “Get Out,” proves himself to be a master of mood, crafting an uneasy air filled with mounting tension and dread. He reminds of early M. Night Shyamalan, and the way Shyamalan had viewers hanging on every line of dialogue and taking in everything on screen looking for clues as to where he’s taking you. “Us” is a wholly consuming experience, the same way “Unbreakable” and “Signs” had you enraptured. That the ending leaves you scratching your head is indicative of later Shyamalan, and is something Peele needs to iron out going forward. We open with a message indicating the presence of thousands of miles of tunnels below the surface of the United States, then we get… Read full this story
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