Nope (2022)

If you look at it, the thing'll eat you!
If you look at it, the thing’ll eat you!

Jordan Peele’s sci-fi-horror film stars Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun, Michael Wincott and Brandon Perea.

Keke Palmer, Daniel Kaluuya and Steven Yeun
Keke Palmer, Daniel Kaluuya and Steven Yeun

The story centres on the Haywood siblings (Kaluuya & Palmer), who run a ranch that hires out horses for Hollywood productions. They discover that the area around their ranch has become the hunting ground of a UFO-like predatory creature… so they decide to try and capture evidence of this aerial beast…

Poster
Poster

NOPE has received mixed reviews, some very positive and others criticising Peele’s exotic plot, which not only involves this extraterrestrial critter but also includes a grisly backstory that features a chimp actor from a television show going on a bloody rampage!

Killer chimp flashback!
Killer chimp flashback!

I, thus, went into this movie expecting it to be potentially a mess, but I actually REALLY enjoyed it!

Michael Wincott screams!
Michael Wincott screams!
Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer and Brandon Perea
Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer and Brandon Perea

Peele uses the film’s locations well, shooting the vast, cloudy sky effectively, providing teasing glimpses of the ‘flying saucer’ whooshing behind the cloud cover. He also creates some tense scenes and a few jump scares, and also makes good use of imagery like lights going off and inflatable tube man figures deflating whenever the creature is near.

The monster itself is a fine creation: a beast that can take the shape of a smooth-skinned, fast-moving ‘UFO’ with a central ‘mouth’ that it uses the vacuum-up victims. This thing can also unravel itself, to become more like a vast mass of unfurled membranes.

A victim is swallowed by the living UFO-creature!
A victim is swallowed by the living UFO-creature!

When the film reaches its climax the score is amped up, imbuing the movie with a neo-Western vibe, as the siblings confront the creature on horseback and on an electric motorbike, trying to stay alive and also still endeavouring to get an elusive shot of the hungry, floating monster.

Well worth a watch.

Here’s a bunch of shots of the lovely critter…

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Finally, here’s the Dolby Cinema poster for the film…

 This poster uses the design on the jacket worn by Steven Yeun's character for inspiration
This poster uses the design on the jacket worn by Steven Yeun’s character for inspiration

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