The residents of a lonely gulch in inland California bear witness to an uncanny and chilling discovery.
I fear that Jordan Peele has fallen into the same trap that burdened M. Night Shyamalan after the success of The Sixth Sense. Intent on topping what proved to be one of the great surprise endings in a cinematic history, the director tried to outdo himself with each successive outing, resulting in a series of films that proved the product of diminishing returns. Directing his third feature, Peele seems to be trying to capture a bit of the same lighting that made his Get Out an instant classic. However, much like his second film, Us, this too proves to be much ado about nothing.
Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer are siblings trying to make a go of it on their deceased father’s California ranch when they spot something strange in the sky. Turns out, it’s a malevolent alien they attempt to get a picture of in the hopes of selling it for big bucks. The premise is fine, and the initial appearances of the UFO are genuinely creepy. Unfortunately, Peele’s pacing is slow, the story dragging towards a conclusion that doesn’t seem worth the trouble it takes to sit through.