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
  • 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.
  • 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.