**** out of ****
(for violence, bloody images, and language including sexual references)
Released: February 24, 2017
Runtime: 103 minutes
Directed by: Jordan Peele
Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Lil Rel Howery, Betty Gabriel, Marcus Henderson, Lakeith Stanfield, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root
This thriller/parable about racism in America is “a thought-provoking (and delicious) bit of satirical schadenfreude that I don’t think anybody could’ve seen coming.”
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And a bonus paragraph, cut for word count and layout space:
- Peele’s impeccable craftsmanship is synthesized in an early hypnosis scene. Brilliantly conceived and delicately executed, Peele uses basic cinematic language with a hypnotic sleight of hand all his own, showing how the simplest form (rather than garish genre techniques) can result in palpable function.