‘Nope’ review: Intense, horrifying spectacle

Science fiction horror-thriller film Nope is a story about two siblings, OJ (Daniel Kaluuya) and Emerald “Em” Haywood (Keke Palmer), a pair of black siblings who train horses for Hollywood. Their primary source of income is their selling of horses to Ricky “Jupe” Park (Steven Yeun), a former child actor turned carnie who runs a local Western-themed amusement park. The two then discover something wonderful and sinister in the skies above and attempt to capture evidence of an unidentified flying object.

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It’s all throughout breathtaking and incredibly well-shot (especially the night scenes). The effects here are visually in a grand proportion and really give the atmospheric energy vibe. The Gordy flashback scene was seriously one of the most horrifying and realistic scenes that added to the film’s brilliance.

The films pace is slow, but it would put you at the edge of your seat waiting for one act to unfold after another. The sound effects and musical scoring are that great you can really feel the fright and motivations of the characters. This is the film that doesn’t need any gore or slasher-type content to define a great horror flick.  

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The acting is on point because the casting is amazing! Daniel Kaluuya, Steven Yeun, Michael Wincott, Brandon Perea, and most especially Keke Palmer—who gives us one of her most magnetic performances—are all brilliant with the supporting cast as excellent in establishing a smart, immersive, and intense storyline. The well-scripted use of the word “nope” adds balance of humor and horror! Peele, indeed, really knows how to set up a good atmospheric, moody mystery.

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Jordan Peele continues his unique imagination used in his two previous horror films ‘Get Out’ and ‘Us’ by introducing a new type of genre that is indescribable due to the theatrical tropes he consistently used in his films. But for Nope, he offers something beyond that. It is a different style of storytelling than usual— but when you understand the overarching theme, it becomes a SPECTACLE, more interestingly intense and exciting.

It’s a treat, indeed, for those who are interested in getting scared and unsettled—let alone satisfied with such marvelous ending. Nope is a huge thumbs up!


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