Nope

Residents in a lonely gulch of inland California bear witness to an uncanny, chilling discovery.

  • Released: 2022-07-20
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Genre: Horror, Mystery
  • Stars: Eddie Jemison, Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun, Michael Wincott, Barbie Ferreira, Brandon Perea, Donna Mills, Terry Notary, Mark Casimir Dyniewicz Jr., Jennifer Lafleur, Sophia Coto, Ryan W. Garcia, Andrew Patrick Ralston, Gloria Cole, Conor Kawalski, Lincoln Lambert, Mark Casimir Dyniewicz Jr., Evan Shafran, Keith David, Wrenn Schmidt, Devon Graye, Oz Perkins, Jacob Kim, Pierce Kang, Roman Gross, Alex Hyde-White, Hetty Chang, Liza Treyger, Courtney Stephens, Caden J. Lovgren, Malcolm Jae O'Shea
  • Director: Jordan Peele
 Comments
  • jaihindi - 12 January 2023
    Engaging movie
    Quote imaginative and thoroughly beautiful. The lead pair playing siblings have done a great job and so does the supporting characters. The imagery is stunning and music as well is great. I watched it twice and understood some of the facts in second viewing. Those who are not liking the alien creature , I have to say an alien can not always be an octopus or a green humanoid. The vision here is somewhat different but the creature retains its horror. I liked it better than ' Us' and equal to 'Get out'. Again watch it for a good story and stunning cinematography. The locales used are beautiful to behold.
  • milosmilanovic-88314 - 12 January 2023
    If you watch it as a parody, it's excellent
    I can't find one good thing about this movie, and I forced myself to watch it till the end.

    I get it, the "deeper" meaning how the alien creature is a metaphor for cameras and/or fame, or whatever. It sucks people in, chews them alive, and spits out the remains, and its eye or mouth - or whatever that hole is - is the eye of the camera. I have no idea if that is what they had in mind with the movie or it's just fans clutching for straws.

    But my God, it is horrible either way. The "horror" scenes are literally histerical. The alien just looks like some OG Star Trek attempt at a costume, and when it sucks people to eat them it just looks like they're lying under a blanket trying to look scared instead of cozy... And then when it flies above and you head the screams sound like you're standing under a rollercoaster, I mean frankly, it's hilarious. If that was on purpose or not, it doesn't matter, it's just comically bad. There is a scene where the "monster" chews the people it ate and then goes to toilet right above the protagonists' house, with bits and pieces falling on the roof, and how the script that involves a man dying by being hit on the head by alien poop isn't one of them, I'll never know. Or the ending where the monster is beaten by chewing on a balloon that pops and makes the monster literally explode. Is Hollywood a balloon waiting to pop? Ah, we'll never know.

    But the worst offenders are the main characters - the sister is obnoxious and acted massively over the top, while the brother just has one facial expression and one emotion, and neither of them are fun. The pacing is at the speed of an indecisive-moving glacier, the first 40 minutes of the movie are one big drawn-out nothing. Finally, the plot is one big gaping hole, and the subplots - the one with the bad chimpanzee CGI especially - are boring and add nothing to the movie. How people can see an alien life form that eats people alive right in front of them and not call the police or get out of there but instead try to record it for... Ah, right, that's the supposed message and the deeper meaning of the movie, don't get eaten alive by the fame you're trying to achieve.

    But maybe the people who made this mess should have made a decent movie. Maybe if your message is that people shouldn't do stupid things in order to get rich and famous, you shouldn't do stupid things trying to get that message across... Especially if you're already rich and famous and you're trying to get more of both. As I said, this movie is hilarious in that it's actually part of the problem it's trying to warn us about, but doesn't realize it at all.
  • patw-73839 - 11 January 2023
    To Nope or not to Nope
    Nope earns 6 bags of popcorn. It is a scary thriller set in sunny California.

    I did really enjoys the visuals in the movie and the performances of the actors. The movie I thought was pretty well paced and had many tense moments with some humor along the way.

    I'm not one to get behind a movie because of the message it sends so I'm not going to comment on the social issues this movie hits on. Some of them are very clear in the film and that's fine but it doesn't excuse some of the major issues it had in the story telling of the movie.

    The scariest and and most skin crawling scene of this movie is absolutely the chimpanzee attacking the set and actors. It is difficult to watch and makes you uncomfortable as you anxiously watch to see what happens. My issue with this is that this scene has nothing to do with the main characters. Sure, it's backstory on the man who owns the ranch nearby that has attractions for tourists. And yes, I understand it has to do with the one of the themes of the movie and ties into how the monster or alien behaves as well, but it could be removed completely and wouldn't make the slightest difference in the story.

    At the end of the day, it's back story on a side character and does not drive the story forward for the main characters. I'm sure many people would disagree and argue that the scene is relevant to the tone and theme in the story and therefore has its purpose, but it just bothers me that the most tense, on the edge of your seat scene of the movie, in no way involves the main characters or is directly involved in the main story.

    That disconnect put me off and contributed to the final act falling a bit flat since it was in no way as tense or memorable as the chimpanzee scene. Again, visuals are great, score and acting are fantastic. My main issue is the unbalanced weight that scene has in comparison to the rest of the film.
  • aji4u4ever - 11 January 2023
    Visually Promising Popcorn Flick
    What do you call a miracle which is bad? Is there any specific word for that in English? If NOPE, is your answer, then this movie is for you.

    Set in outer California, OJ and Em trying to solve the mystery behind a flying saucer which is acting as a predator in the region.

    The movie starts with a slow note but keeps you engaged while it progresses. Unless the other movies of Jordan Peele, this has got nice comic moments. Nope is visual spectacle with brilliant vfx but is not so horrifying like his previous movies. The background score was pretty good and it elevates the whole theme of the movie.

    Daniel Kaluuya & Keke Palmer delivered some great performance whole throughout and Steven Yeun, Brandon Perea & Michael Wincott were pretty good with their roles.

    Nope is not too great but is a visually great like a popcorn movie but better than "US".

    From my point of view Get Out > Nope > Us

    7.8 on 10.
  • brockfal - 10 January 2023
    Well, yes, but only just
    A brother and sister living in a remote valley in the Western US experience unexplained events. Jordan Peele debuted with the terrific Get Out, and apparently did well with Us. Here, he delves into Spielberg-like territory, sci-fi mysteries and visceral dangers, damaged characters under threat etc, but doesn't quite pull it off. There are too many confusing plot lines to start with, with the first 20 minutes the worst, but once the pieces fall into place and the film gets going the central UFO premise is often gripping and is executed well, however, the many sub-plots are odd and unnecessary. Good performances, though I couldn't help thinking the talents present could have been better used. I also had to use subtitles as the dialogue was often too quick fire or muffled (for me, anyway). All said, it's an odd and sometimes disjointed film, but worth a watch.
  • synystargates - 10 January 2023
    Peele's Extraterrestrial Encounter
    Ever since I saw the preview for Nope, I had a feeling that the whole "everyone looking up at something unbelievable" was gonna mean aliens. But I DIDN'T know it meant a jellyfish-kite-cowboy hat of an alien.

    What an inventive and ambitious effort from Jordan Peele, probably my favorite from him so far (granted I've yet to see Us, and I haven't seen Get Out since it was new.)

    I loved how on edge he leaves us on what the hell is happening or what this mysterious thing was. Many elements of the film were simultaneously creepy and hilarious, and a couple moments were genuinely disturbing, so color me impressed.

    While the societal commentary may not be as heavy compared to something like Get Out, Nope still had something to say and he did it well. But as with many movies for me, I wish we got just a couple minutes more from where it ended.
  • 12_Monkeys - 10 January 2023
    Torn
    I'm torn between rating this as a "popcorn" movie or maybe a little bit higher. The concept is original enough, as expected from Peele, but the story is so random that the concept takes over the narrative and all we're left with is a bunch of uni-dimensional characters that serve their purpose in a bunch of sketches (some better than others) but we never really get to care about any of them at all.

    Also... What the hell does the monkey have to do with the rest of the story? We will never know.

    I'm starting to get the feeling that Peele started off with his best film and is just going to go a little bit worse with every upcoming one.
  • Mcduff3601 - 9 January 2023
    An entertaining movie but not as fast paced as I had hoped.
    There was more slow burn drama than horror or action in this movie. I did enjoy it, it was tense in scenes and I cared about most of the characters, but I think this movie missed the mark.

    With the type of movie this turned out to be you want to see certain action scenes. Like the movie JAWS for example. When you go to see a movie about a shark eating people you don't want to spend most of the movie watching people go about their lives or talking about how a shark ate someone, you want to see the action scenes.

    I think for me that is where this one missed an opportunity to really be fun instead of it being a little too slow. The run time on this is just over 2hrs. Not sure why producers/directors/film folk think longer is always better. It changes the pace of the movie dramatically.

    I guess it might actually be easier to edit because you don't have to cut so much out but it really can slow down the movie or exhaust the patience of the audience.

    I am on the fence about recommending it to people, its more like watching a slow western - good vs bad guys you can figure out the formula from there. I think Peele's Get Out was better.
  • laplante-co-672-297856 - 9 January 2023
    Not very scary or unnerving...
    When this first released, I read a couple of mediocre reviews so I gave it a pass. At the end of the year, after it appeared on a few Top 10 of 2022 lists, I decided to give it another look.

    There are some interesting ideas here, but there's just too much filler that gets in the way of a taut tale of suspense. Some background story is given way more time than is necessary to make a point. For example, Jupe's tale of a childhood trauma is replayed twice. The first time it is an exposition. The second time we see the event play out.

    The acting was distracting. Keke Palmer has two settings... screaming and sassy, nothing in between. Daniel Kaluuya shuffles and mumbles through the movie with one bored expression even under extreme duress. Steven Yeun does better, but unfortunately is not the main focus of the movie although he sets the events in motion.

    Acting aside, some of the other characters are distracting, prone to unrealistic reactions of the events unfolding around them.

    Some stylistic decisions by Peele are interesting. Rather than give us the usual CGI bombastic alien threat, he goes with a completely different 'look'. However, I found it hard to see it as threatening.

    Overall: Sorta meh.
  • denafaraj - 8 January 2023
    A disappointment
    A true disappointment to me. It's the same scene over and over, no explanation of the phenomenon, no logic behind the actors movements, nothing made sense.

    Why didn't they contact anyone else? Why did the cameraman go up to the mountain? How come the main actor survived every time? What was the logic behind looking into the UFO's eyes or not? Why was it so easy to fool and kill the UFO? Are there more than one? Why did it only take the horse and not OJ's father in the first move, but then later wanting humans too?

    And lastly, what was the point of the movie. I actually think I've never been more disappointed with a movie.
  • jwligtelijn - 8 January 2023
    Boring and frustrating
    The movie is way too long and the characters are plain. Especially the performance of Keke Palmer is so over the top. Her acting style is not compliant with this story. Her brother OJ seems to be on a mixture of different kind of drugs through the movie. He simply does noy make any connection with the audience and just stares into the abyss for more than 2 hours. Visual effects are nice and the story is also interesting. But it just falls short for me. It's not horror, definitely not scary. There not a lot going on really except for the final half an hour. It never blew me away, surprised me, made me laugh or scared me. It's just a big nope for me.
  • shotputty - 6 January 2023
    Nope, this was really bad
    This was just awful acting, especially from the lead actrice, she was way over the top. Scenes with awkward silences for no good reason.

    Bad specials effects / CGI. What the hell are we looking at, a floating bedsheet? I don't know if this was low budget but it does have that appearance. It's slow, boring and directionless.

    What's worse is I paid money to see this movie based on the IMDB rating (6.9). I expect it to go down significantly over time.

    I will make sure to skip any movies made by this director in the future. When he was finished his obvious conclusion was "Nope". One extra star for his honest self reflection.
  • garabedian123 - 6 January 2023
    Very enjoyable movie...Until i realized how stupid everything is.
    I watched the whole movie and enjoyed it without thinking too much into anything. But after the movie was over i was like wtf did i just watch?

    What did the very long sequences with the monkey and that failed tv show have to do with this movie? Is there a connection at all? I would guess the connection is wild animals don't like to be watched. But that is a very weak link.

    Its a monster movie where the monster is literally a space ship. It has no inhabitants...It itself is the monster. Which is super weird and pretty stupid after i thought about it.

    So this space ship's weakness...is stupidity. I mean Balloons. Wow....where do i start. It eats the balloon filled with air...that floats??.., because it had open eyes? Is that what they were saying?

    And that well scene at the end..I was wondering why they wer trying to make it so dramatic. Is she shooting it down? Or just trying to take a picture of it? With the ship being destroyed and landing on the ground that picture becomes absolutely pointless as proof because now they have the actual ship.

    Nothing makes any sense..but it was a good watch.
  • brownjoea - 6 January 2023
    At Least It's Not Another Generic Superhero Movie
    I finally got around to watching this on streaming. This is a weird movie, for better and for worse. Jordan Peele deserves credit for trying something different than the typical Hollywood blockbuster. There are numerous things that are implied without being explicitly explained, which I appreciate as someone who likes thought provoking movies.

    There are definitely moments that don't make sense. In fact, the entire movie feels off somehow. It's difficult to explain but it's strangely unsettling and peculiar. One example is how the tie-in with the chimp incident is especially bizarre but does have an effect on the way that one character relates to the main antagonist.

    I enjoyed watching this movie overall, mostly because it was so unusual. That said, I can't ever imagine ever rewatching it. I think Jordan Peele has a vision that is atypical for modern Hollywood. He's making stuff that doesn't feel like an assembly line corporate product and that alone is valuable in the mainstream movie industry. He still has a long way to go before being considered a legendary director, but I am looking forward to seeing what his next movie idea produces.