Following their father's shocking death, Hollywood animal wrangler OJ (Daniel Kaluuya) and his sister Emerald (Keke Palmer) begin observing unexplained phenomena on their vast Southern California ranch that leads them down an obsessive rabbit hole as they plot attempts to capture the mystery on camera. Along with a former child star turned family theme park ringmaster (Steven Yeun) who neighbours the siblings, the pair's efforts to chase the spectacle soon bring terrifying consequences and unimaginable horror. The result is a complex social thriller that unpacks the seeds of violence, risk and opportunism that are inseparable from the romanticised history of the American West...and from show business itself.
- Nope review by Alphaville
After his two excellent and disturbing films Get Out and Us, Jordan Peele comes a serious cropper with his third, which he delusionally seems to think is ‘a flying saucer horror film’. As for the blurb about it being a ‘complex social thriller’, whoever wrote that must think the emperor wore clothes. Nope is simply laughably bad B-movie sci-fi of the kind that might have been made in the 50s. Even that would be okay if it wasn’t so boring.
Daniel Kaluuya (from Get Out) is a horse wrangler for Hollywood when strange things start happening on his backcountry ranch. For a while there are hopes the film may get as creepy as Peele’s first two, but instead it just gets sillier and sillier. Even worse, it remains mundane and tedious, with an undercooked screenplay and a rag-bag of characters that lack believability. Daniel’s character has little to do except stand around looking at the sky or sit on his horse, while his overactive sister is a real pain (even more so in the excruciating gag reel on the DVD).
If you stick with it, it will only be out of sheer bemusement as the 'flying saucer' and people’s reaction to it become ever more ridiculous. An unfortunate 1-star film with an extra star for some well-shot Western scenery.
Was looking forward to this movie but was soo slow and had to force myself to sit through it. I don't know why but I could not understand what they were saying, they kept mumbling. I don't know if this was on purpose but made an already painful experience even worse.
This is intriguing, baffling and confusing film where half the time you'll be wondering what the hell us going on. I certainly think that's director Jordan Peele's intention the end result of which will divide audiences. I'm left uncertain as to what I really feel about this film a hybrid of horror and science fiction with influences of Close Encounters of The Third Kind (1977), Alien (1979) and Jaws (1975) and the story telling style of John Carpenter. OJ (Daniel Kaluuya) and his sister, Emerald (Keke Palmer) run a horse ranch specialising in training horses for the movie industry. When objects such as coins and keys begin mysteriously falling from the sky, one of which kills their father (Keith David), strange events begin including sightings of a cloud that never moves and glimpses of a UFO. This is definitely a film to watch with little advanced warning of the story so I'll refrain from elaborating further suffice to say that there are frustratingly unexplained scenes including the prologue which, to me, seems to be laying the ground for a theme about the nature of mans relationship with other creatures. I think Peele has made a film full of his self indulgences and it may become a firm cult favourite in time but it doesn't have the unique feel that Get Out (2017) had as it's just a little too quirky and unsatisfying.
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Very disappointing in comparison to Director’s two previous films
- Nope review by CD
I had high hopes for this film having really enjoyed Jordan Peele’s other work. I was confused almost from the outset and got the impression that this is one of those films that is very clever and amusing for those in the industry but for many viewers will leave them a bit cold. The characters are quite irritating (partly due to the script) and the horror element seemed almost non-existent. One for film buffs and total fans of this talented director.
And im still scratching my head as to what the Chimps (the gordy show or something) relevance was. Maybe there is some message to do with animals being the film is about horses? Or was it some horror padding for the incredibly bloated and dull film? No idea.
Make sure your phone is well charged for this one.
Considering Jordan Peele's previous work Nope is a real disappointment. The film doesn't pack a punch in the same way his previous films did; the story drifts and fails to achieve any narrative resolutions, it just feels like it stumbles around really failing to create tension. To be honest I just didn't really get it. Did it entertain? Nope! Did it scare? Nope! Would I watch it again? Nope! Would I recommend it? Nope!
God know how the CP reviewer (see below) gave this 5 stars - I gave it 1 because there is no zero (and where did he get 'comedy' in this film? and words such as 'concept' and 'convention' guide you towards the reviewer's pretension which comes through in the total text of his love letter to Peele). And ignore the synopsis that goes with the film on this site - more hyperbole and mis-truths. The film is gibberish, more pseudo-sci-fi than sci-fi with the horses acting better than the humans. Too many holes in the story, too poor a mumbled dialogue, too confusing an ending, too gibberish with the non-sensical sub-story about a monkey that was really a time filler for this bizarre psychobabble that has no storyline, no plot, no point and would be an embarrassment for any of the actors to admit to on their CV. Jordan Peele seems to be one of these people that 'luvvie luvvers' like but to me he is someone that belongs in a psych ward somewhere being forced to watch pretentious rubbish like this on a never-ending loop. No, correct that as he would enjoy piffle like this - he should be made to watch decent films made by decent film makers to make him try to learn something about the industry, making notes with the crayons he is given
Look, sci-fi stretches the imagination but this? Absurd. The plot is weak. It’s made up as they go along. By the end I really didn’t if the entire cast got swallowed up and we were left in blissful silence.
A twist on flying saucers. That is the only interesting thing about this overlong (well, it felt like it!) movie. A horse rancher who provides performing neddies to Hollywood movie makers investigates ariel phenomenon over his ranch. People dissapear but a lack of suspense lets the whole plot down.
Nope (aka NOPE) review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso
Jordan Peele’s Nope continues the director’s devotion to surreal social horror. There’s grander ambition placed in this film that mixes so much together. It swirls together genres of horror, science fiction, and westerns into quite the picture. It also taps into a sense of control and perception, where the big monster of this film is literally a giant eye that needs to be both entertained and fed. In terms of a film trying to turn the mirror on the audience, Peele’s picture finds far more than munching aliens to appease the public with an already high standard for his chilling works.
The mystery builds spectacularly through this narrative. Daniel Kaluuya plays OJ Haywood, the owner of a historic ranch for Hollywood horses. He inherits the ranch after his father who dies in a manner that seems odd. The freak accident haunts him, hoping there was some better reason for such a loss of life. OJ is a reserved individual, far different from his top client of former child actor Ricky (Steven Yeun) and his eccentric/accidental sister Emerald (Keke Palmer). While others find themselves distracted by the allure of Westerns for their desert region, OJ tries to keep his focus on maintaining the ranch.
Or at least he tries to before becoming distracted by something far bigger. When the horses of the ranch go missing, he happens upon a UFO. Emerald believes him, as does a bored electronics employee, Angel (Brandon Perea). All of their team up to capture footage of this mysterious alien ship. But they may not be ready for what they discover. Perhaps it’s not even a ship but a mysterious organic being. Perhaps it’s also hungry.
Compared to Peele’s other films, there’s certainly a subdued nature to Nope. There’s a slower build-up to the inevitable moments of violence and terror that such a film guarantees. There’s a reason the marketing has been so coy for such a picture. It’s that peeling back of the layers that reveal something more. It also helps flesh out the characters enough so that we care about whether or not they get munched on by aliens. Everybody performs admirably but Kaluuya and Palmer have such amazing chemistry. I loved how Kaluuya is restrained and dead-pan while Palmer is brimming with enthusiasm.
The commentary within Nope is wonderfully meta for harping on both audiences and control. There’s a desire to tame the wild, to force creatures to not only bend to our whim but do our bidding. This becomes most apparent when divulging the pasts of the characters and having a firm focus on the nature of the camera’s capturing the soul. It's a premise that is not only strong enough to be thoughtful but playful enough for great humor. This leads to the perfect opportunity for such a film to live up to its title and use its refusal to play with the horror at just the right moment.
Nope is so brilliant for being a surreal tapestry of questioning our own desires. It’s by far Peele’s highest concept to date with some of the most amazing cinematography. It plays around with so many genres and conventions that there’s rarely a dull moment as the mystery unfolds. Despite seeming so epic, the film still manages to house the pitch-perfect comedy and believable behavior that makes Peele’s films so effortless with character and comedy. The allegory never becomes so blunt that the audience grasps it immediately nor do the ideas grow so heavy that you can’t appreciate the scene of Keke Palmer doing the AKIRA motorcycle slide. What a fantastic picture and another example of how Peele continues to be a stellar horror director, making me all the more excited for his next production.
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