Archive for March 24th, 2019

Movie Mayhem – Us & Captive State

Captive State — 2019; Directed by Rupert Wyatt; Starring John Goodman, Ashton Sanders, Jonathan Majors, Kevin Dunn, Alan Ruck and Vera Farmiga; Us — 2019; Directed by Jordan Peele; Starring Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex

What makes a good twist in a film? When every piece is placed perfectly throughout the film so that it comes out of nowhere, but upon repeat viewings, makes perfect sense, leading you to wonder why you didn’t see it coming in the first place.

What makes a bad twist in a film? When everything is so blatantly obvious, the film is so bland you have nothing better to do than to piece everything together, or upon repeat viewings, it makes no logical sense.

A pair of new films with different goals do their best to create the most compelling story that ends with a killer twist, but end up flawed because of how the rest of the movie was set up. Captive State, a new alien invasion film, falls short of captivating your senses but ends with a bang, and Us, Jordan Peele’s new psychological thriller, treads somewhere in the gray, where although the film itself is rather intriguing, when the twist occurs, you have to scratch your head and wonder if what’s being revealed makes any sense.

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