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  • Writer's pictureJames Rutherford

'Nope': The Uncanny Tale of a Brother-and-Sister's Fervent Attempts to Photograph a U.F.O.


Movie poster for the film Nope (2022)

Nope (2022) is a strikingly ambitious science-fiction horror film starring Daniel Kaluuya as Otis "OJ" Haywood Jr., proprietor of a Southern California horse ranch alongside his sister Emerald "Em" Haywood (Keke Palmer). Catering to the film and television industries, the Haywoods share their land with Ricky "Jupe" Park (Steven Yeun), operator of a Western theme park named "Jupiter's Claim".


One evening the ranch experiences electrical fluctuations and the disappearance of several horses into the sky, with the fleeting image of saucer-like shape vanishing into the clouds. Consequently determined to capture footage of a genuine U.F.O. to be sold to the media, OJ and Em launch on a daring surveillance campaign—recruiting Jupe, electronics technician Angel Torres (Brandon Perea) and professional cinematographer Antlers Holst (Michael Wincott) in their intricate plot.


Written and directed by emerging auteur Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us), Nope is an altogether uncanny viewing experience. Peele amalgamates big budget spectacle with cerebral storytelling, adding touches of humor and singular irony to deliver a unique social satire. Emerging from his roots in acting and comedy, Peele deftly fuses Spielbergian showmanship with his own unique sensibilities and stylings to create a truly one-of-a-kind extravaganza.

 

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