Can you get out from ‘the sunken place’ before it’s too late?
DVD: Get Out
Runtime: 101 minutes
Age restriction: 16VL
Special Features: Alternate Ending; Deleted Scenes; Unveiling the Horror of Get Out; Q&A Discussion with Jordan Peele and the cast.
Reviewed by: Gareth Drawbridge
Review made possible by: Times New Media
For a many guys who are meeting their girlfriend’s parents for the first time, it can quite often be a nerve wracking and uncomfortable experience (especially if the topic of sex comes up round the dinner table). For Chris Washington, meeting his girlfriend’s family is about to become his worst nightmare.
In the horror film Get Out, photographer Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) takes a weekend trip with his girlfriend Rose Armitage (Alison Williams) to visit her parents, Dean (Bradley Whitford) and Missy (Catherine Keener). From the moment he arrives Chris feels like an outsider, but, being level-headed, he puts it down to the fact that their over-friendly behaviour is their way of dealing with the fact that their daughter is having an interracial relationship. However, when more family and friends arrive at the homestead, Chris soon discovers that things are not exactly as pleasant, or homely, as they seem.
After a series of bizarre and slightly disturbing encounters, Chris finds himself trapped in ‘the sunken place’ from which he needs to emerge or risk being held a prisoner there forever.
Written and directed by Jordan Peele, Get Out is his directorial debut and, since its release, the film has met with tremendous critical acclaim. With a stylish horror film to his name, let’s hope this is a good omen that we can expect more edgy, intense films of this genre from this talented filmmaker.
Just as the brilliant thriller Fatal Attraction (with Michael Douglas and Glenn Close) made most men think twice before cheating on their wives, Get Out might cause some guys to avoid meeting their girlfriend’s parents for as long as possible.
Get Out is now available on DVD and definitely worth watching.