If you don’t feel the way Chris Washington looks after finishing this film, then watch it again. Period.
I don’t watch horror films. I hate the way they make me feel, I hate feeling afraid, and I hate jump-scares and slashers. It’s just not for me. However, psychological thrillers like this are a different story. The first two things I said after the movie ended were “What the —-?!” and “That was racially-charged Ex Machina“. Now, saying that it’s like another movie by no means diminishes the greatness of Get Out, but if you look at it, some of the same clinical-esque themes and the elitist dialogue shines through. It’s a genius story-line to pair with racism, and it definitely has its defining features.
To parallel further with Ex Machina, the main antagonist, Nathan, draws Caleb, an avid programmer who has no family and really no friends, into complete isolation which is sugar-coated in beauty and scientific fascination. Nathan glazes over all of Caleb’s concerns in the name of confidentiality. The whole process is odd and uncomfortable for Caleb despite wealthy accommodations, and it begins to eat him up. Nathan almost plays a gaslight effect on Caleb’s mind, so much so that he struggles to decipher what is reality and what is paranoia.
Flash to Get Out: Chris is enticed by a seemingly perfect, fun-loving, spunky Rose who wants Chris to spend a weekend with her and her parents for the first time. Rose comes from an all-white, successful family that live out in the middle of nowhere. All of these elements are on Chris’ radar. Everything is just too pristine and “normal”…something is off. Rose keeps putting off all of Chris’ concerns, until her family decides it’s time to Just like Caleb’s intuition in Ex Machina, Chris knows he needs to leave. Both films have suspenseful, bloody, and twisted endings, which luckily Chris escapes.
Both Caleb and Chris are chosen because they have no one who will look for them when they’re missing, and for desirable attributes. Rose’s family creepily preyed on tall, fit, athletic-built men who they think would make optimum specimens for their experiments. Why black people? They don’t directly answer this in the movie, but the message is clear. When a white person goes missing, people look. People notice. When a black person goes missing, the reaction is much less because people treat them as though they are less important. It’s also the idea that black people are disposable; to be used to fulfill the wishes of a white person.
On that note, let’s talk about the ending a little bit because it doesn’t end the way we expect it to (in a good way). When Chris is finally able to make his escape and finish off Rose for good, we hear police sirens. It’s not uncommon knowledge that the police and the Black community don’t have a great history together. The red and blue lights lead us to believe that Chris is done for. He’s cooked and going to be carted off to jail, framed for the unbelievable plot he uncovered.
Then the tide changes, and out steps Rod, the only person at-bat for Chris. This horrendous act has been inflicted on Chris and his best friend is the only one to trust him? I’m not so sure a white man would have the same trouble convincing the authorities to investigate. However, I really liked that this had a (somewhat) positive ending. Chris doesn’t get arrested, he gets to escape the nightmare he was almost trapped in forever, and he has Rod to help him through it. It may not be glorious, but it was not stereotypical.
I would highly recommend this film. I will be watching this again, and I will keep talking about it. I hope we only get better from here.