An American psychological horror film starring Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, and Tim Heidecker, Us was written and directed by Jordan Peele in 2019.
Adelaide Wilson Nyong’o and her family are attacked by a gang of menacing doppelgängers in this film, which follows their harrowing experience.
Much of the cast joined the project after it was announced in February 2018. The film was co-produced by Jason Blum, Sean McKittrick, and Ian Cooper, who previously worked together on getting Out and BlacKkKlansman.
From July to October 2018, production was based in California, primarily in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Santa Cruz.
Universal Pictures released Us in the United States on March 22, 2019, following its world premiere at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, on March 8, 2019.
Peele’s script, direction, Nyong’o’s performance, and Michael Abels’ musical score were all praised in the film, which earned $255 million worldwide against a $20 million budget.
During a commercial for Hands Across America in 1986, a young girl known as “Addy” watches. At night, she wanders away from her parents on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and enters a funhouse, where she encounters a mirror image of herself.
Years later, an adult Adelaide and her children Zora and Jason are on vacation with their husband Gabriel “Gabe” Wilson. When she was in recovery, she stopped speaking and isolated herself from her family because she was so afraid of what might happen on the trip.
Despite her reservations, the Tyler family and their twin daughters Josh and Kitty meet at the beach. On the way, they see paramedics removing the body of an elderly man with blood splattered across his chest.
Afterward, Jason spots a man who bears an uncanny resemblance to the elderly man he’d previously encountered. Before she can tell Gabe about her traumatic childhood experience, four red-clad strangers appear in the driveway and break into the house.
At home, in front of everyone, the Wilsons’ doppelgängers are exposed. Their ranks include Jason’s fire-loving, scarred double Pluto; Zora’s sadistic double Umbrae; Abraham, Gabe’s double Abraham; and Red, Adelaide’s double Red.
What they’re called, according to Red, is “In a sense, they’re “tethered” to each other because they share a soul with their lookalike counterparts.
It is as if she is telling them the story of a girl who is happy and content in her own life, while her “shadow” suffers in the darkness and resents the girl for her happiness.
A pair of deranged doppelgangers have kidnapped and terrorized the Wilson family. Jason discovers that Pluto is imitating his every move as he handcuffs Adelaide.
As a result of Gabriel’s final act of violence against Abraham, the family gathers on their boat to seek out assistance. Their own doppelgängers attack and murder the Tyler family at home.
The second wave of attacks is launched against the Wilsons; however, the Wilsons’ doubles are ultimately defeated and killed. When they realize the Tethered are killing their doppelgängers across the United States, they turn on the news and join hands to form a massive human chain in response.
Escape to Mexico is on the agenda for the Wilsons. Zora kills Umbrae by sending her flying into a tree and impaling her on a branch while they are on their way out.
When the Wilsons arrive at the boardwalk, they find the locals already dead. A blazing automobile also serves as a roadblock. Realizing that Pluto has set a trap, Jason commands the other passengers to get out of the car.
Jason backs up so that Pluto can see him and walks into the burning car before Pluto can ignite the family’s vehicle. Jason is snatched from Pluto’s grasp by Red, who appears out of nowhere.
Adelaide pursues Red to the funhouse where they first met while Gabe recovers from his injuries in an ambulance with Zora. A secret door leads her to an underground facility overrun with white rabbits, where she discovers Red in a classroom.
“The Tethered” are genetic clones created by the government to control the originals on the surface, Red reveals to Adelaide in a conversation.
They were left underground for generations after their experiment went horribly wrong, and they lived off of rabbit meat and mindless copycat behavior.
After they realized that Red was a thief “As “different from the others,” she organized them to escape and take revenge by killing their counterparts. In a balletic duel, Red gracefully evades and counters Adelaide’s increasingly unbalanced attacks as they “fight.”
Fireplace poker is all Adelaide needs for her final act before saving Jason’s life from a locker when she lets Red attack.
One of the rabbits is also saved by Jason. Adelaide recalls the terrifying night she first met Red in the hall of mirrors as she drives the family away in the ambulance.
Adelaide’s larynx was damaged, making her voice raspy and guttural sounding; she was dragged underground, handcuffed, returned to the surface, and learned to speak and adapt as a human; thus it is revealed that she is the Tethered clone, while Red who she just killed was the real Adelaide, and the clone had taken her place in her life.
In response to Jason’s suspicious gaze, his mother offers a subtle smile. Helicopters hover above the Tethered in an aerial shot that shows them in the form of a human chain similar to the Hands Across America demonstration.
Us Ending Explained
At the beginning of the film, the audience is informed that the doubles are unable to function as human beings. This is due to the fact that the government was unable to replicate the soul of the doubles.
According to some, doubles cannot replicate the soul because it is a privilege that must be earned. Red is also said to have replaced Adelaide at a young age, allowing the double to develop into the character she portrays in the film.
Red’s doubles can’t live like Red because they can’t kill and replace the original body.
Red is shown to have swapped places with Adelaide, but her soul was not returned.
She can’t adapt to life above the ground because she was twice her normal size. Red’s inability to dance, find love, or be a part of a family serves as visual proof that she is a doppelgänger.
It’s also worth noting that Adelaide has been underground for decades and has gone berserk. For this, she is responsible for the murderous uprising of the doubles. It’s also shown that the clones and the original body are exactly the same in the movie.
There is, however, a catch: neither of them can exist at the same time. They are human because they are living in fear of death. However, if the doubles are to survive, they must replace the originals.
To show that everyone has a dark side, the film uses a variety of characters and situations. It’s also a beautiful and unique piece of art.
The audience, on the other hand, has formed themselves in such a way that they are unable to see their own flaws. It’s up to the audience to decide if they want Red or Adelaide to be their character.