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Get Out is widely considered to be a smash hit by the now director Jordan Peele because it brought a refreshing amount of originality and thrill in an era where Hollywood has obviously run out of ideas. His following movie Us captured the audience that was won over by Get Out. The reception, however, wasn’t nearly as well-received, and expectations were not met. The movie was well-shot, with excellent performances by the cast making the characters likable to the audience who knows that they are in imminent danger, thus feel invested. But what is Us not? Well-written. Spoiler Warning
Us has more plot holes than a sieve, and these plot holes drastically undermine an otherwise incredible movie. Us begins with a traumatized woman returning to the area in which she was traumatized, when she was eight years old in 1986, with her husband and two children. The viewer knows her fears are justified, but her own family is just now realizing how she, Adelaide, is deeply uncomfortable. But the family doesn’t have time to fully digest her trepidation. The plot advances quickly with the tethered family arriving to begin the horror portion of the movie. The tethered explain themselves as cloned bodies without a soul tethered to the soul of their original. This is where rug is pulled out from the feet of the movie. The backstory of the tethered is everything wrong with the film. It just makes no sense.
So I’ve included a video by The Critical Drinker that goes through many of these plot holes seeing that the idea of a government program cloning people and housing them underground makes no sense.
So let me go through other grievances I have. As an enthusiast for alternative meats, especially rabbit meat, it makes no sense for a cloned population of the United States, living under ground sustaining themselves solely from meat rabbits. First, what are those rabbits eating? Are the rabbits consciously being bred? If so, it still seems highly difficult for the supply of rabbits, one female being able to produce a litter of around eight kits who would need a few months to reach an optimal age to eat (raw). Rabbit meat is really low in a slim low fat, cholesterol, sodium, calorie, diet, though at least protein is not a problem. Even if they were to sustain themselves on such a meager diet, they would not being in as great athletic shape as the movie portrays all the tethered as being. The food sustenance, along with clothing, medicine the main tethered, Red claiming she gave herself a cesarean, also fall apart when examined under scrutiny.
Secondly, apparently, in Peele’s America, guns aren’t really a thing. And while it makes perfect sense for the main family not to have a firearm on ready, being on vacation, all across America the tethered are killing their counterparts. Let’s be realistic, Americans will hunker down and shoot their tethered.
Thirdly, if clones can be created, how then are the children of the tethered to the children of the real people? Mendelian genetics do not favor those odds
Fourthly, the rules of the tethered, how they think like the real, are inconsistent throughout the entire movie. Some tethered bonds seems more sophisticated than others. Others were merely one dimensional similarities like running or boats.
Fifth, the tethered are still human in their capabilities, but in several instances show supernatural strength or speed. Again, reverting back to the rabbit diet, this makes no sense. Now, zombie experts would assert that since the human body places limitations on physical exertions, zombies have extra strength because they are free from these limitations. But this freedom should come at a cost, like imbalance. Instead the tethered are humans on PCP, Adderall, and steroids.
Sixth, Adelaide, was doing a ballet recital when she was fourteen, dancing to the beat of I Got Five On It. The song is featured throughout the whole movie, was featured in a scene that flashes back to 1992, three years prior to the song’s release.
Lastly, the final boss fight at the end felt cheaply resolved and unearned. The last villain is impaled with a blunt object, because the Peele decided it was time to finish the movie.
Themes over writing?
I could go on with the numerous other writing flaws, but that would be quite lengthy. But the question remains why does it suck? Jordan Peele makes it pretty clear that the movie was intended to touch on certain themes such as a zero sum game. People thrive at the expense of others. In other words: victimology, intersectionality. But the movie doesn’t even add up to that. The real characters do not thrive at the expense of the tethered. The tethered were created and simply abandoned to their own underground dump of a world. But the tethered are hardly sentient merely replicating the actions of their counterparts above. And their highest ambitions were killing people and holding hands in a giant chain across the country. Yes, that’s what happens in the movie!
This movie had every potential to live up to the expectations but chose not to in order to touch on themes. A proper and extremely different explanation for the tethered would have serviced a more functional plot. Particularly limiting the scope of the tethered to something smaller than the entire country would have also made more sense. Deliberately bad writing decisions were made. And for that, Us cannot be remembered as a good movie, despite otherwise stunning visuals and performances.
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