By Irem Sogutlugil,
A trip to finally meet his girlfriend’s family takes a drastic turn for the worse in “Get Out.”
Produced and directed by Jordan Peele, “Get Out” follows the skeptical African American Chris Washington,played by Daniel Kaluuya, as he visits his white girlfriend Rose Armitage’s, played by Allison Williams, home in the outskirts of a small town.
Before leaving, Rose tells Chris that she has not told her family that Chris is African American, but assures him he has nothing to worry about. Of course, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Upon their arrival to the Armitage household, Chris notices the odd coincidence that both the families groundskeeper and housemaid are black.This is the first of many occurrences that help Chris figure out the family’s long-held secret.
Chris begins to feel increasingly uncomfortable as the movie progresses. Feelings escalate when Rose’s mother performs a hypnosis on him that she says will get rid of his smoking habits, but instead hypnotizes him and sends him to “the sunken place.”
For the majority of the movie, the audience is tricked to believe that Rose is not influenced by her family’s racist views. Then, Chris finds pictures of Rose with dozens of African American partners. He realizes the truth.
In an escape for survival, Chris fights the Armitage’s before they can practically brainwash him for the rest of his life.
“Get Out” is full of suspense and anticipation. It also manages to add elements of humor through the relationship of Chris and his friend Rod, who saves him after suspecting something was wrong when he did not come home when scheduled.
The producer was aiming to portray the fear that black people felt and still feel around whites. He wanted to show the liberal racism that many deny. It is certainly a thought-provoking film.