'US’ and The American Dream: What It Means – Wisecrack QuickTake


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  • benedictify
    benedictify  2 days back

    It's not "or" it's "and"

    Throughout all of history -- throughout all of existence, whether human animal or plant -- some creatures survive by destroying and feeding off of others, turning their prey into parts of themselves. The "American Dream" is not that everyone can have upward mobility, but that the abuses of the powerful at the expense of the powerless are disguised, the spoils taken by the few are re-imagined as being shared by everyone, where in actuality the benefits go up and the costs go down.

    • D T
      D T  1 weeks back

      Anybody notice there's two different versions of we can get crazy bit...
      The one above here at 8:07 &
      this one link below at :47

      • Gg Wp
        Gg Wp  1 weeks back

        The movie is racist in a pro black way. It was mildly offensive because of that. But ultimately it was a bad movie. I think you guys are right I noticed all of this in one drunken view and was hoping that I had missed something but no unfortunately I haven’t. This is just a bad movie about racist black America that is based in fictional racism rather than actual racism and I am offended. We never watched blade and were like finally a black super hero we just watched a good action movie who cares about race or gender as long as it’s good. Well the racist people care. Which side of that fence are you on.

        • oxoxlydia
          oxoxlydia  1 weeks back

          Does he blink??

          • mjoto
            mjoto  1 weeks back

            When adelaide and red switched. The real adelaide was below the clone went above. When the real adelaide went down, she was growing up with hands across america. The real adelaides idea of hands across America was to take what was theirs (clones) then take from rich and cure homelessness and poverty by holding hands across America. That was her plan. That was her religion that she preached to the other clones down below.

            What I'm still confused about is there was some government experiment that created 100s of thousands of clones and kept them in a giant underground city with rabbits???? And then they just said "ok we give up see you later clones. We will leave this high security escalator and unlocked doors under this house of mirrors. You'll never escape. Bye!"

            Also where did they find 500,000 gold scissors and 500,000 red jump suits of varying sizes?

            • The Watcher
              The Watcher  2 weeks back

              It means Jordan Peake cannot make a film that doesn't play into the notion of victimhood.

              • Three Jewels
                Three Jewels  2 weeks back

                So far the only people I see talking about race as a theme are white people.

                • turtlecoal
                  turtlecoal  2 weeks back

                  Dear white people: The dear buck doesn't represent that

                  • R O
                    R O  2 weeks back

                    I’m late but this is a great analysis for a film with soooo much symbolism and underlying themes.

                    • t. anderson
                      t. anderson  2 weeks back

                      So... we are just gonna ignore the bunnies?

                      • Chenoa H.
                        Chenoa H.  2 weeks back

                        There a still a million plot holes in the movie though.

                        • Chenoa H.
                          Chenoa H.  2 weeks back

                          I literally only just realised the son was able to control his clone because he was the offspring of a clone and an original. and maybe because he was younger and less damaged by the world, more naive and innocent he was able to notice this. By the end, he does realise who his mum is.

                          • John Moseley
                            John Moseley  2 weeks back

                            Can we presume Zora is named for Zora Neale Hurston?

                            In addition to her fiction writing, Hurston did field research on Haitian Voodoo, documented in her book "Tell my Horse". The title is a reference to the line a god would say when it took over a ritual participant's body, the 'horse' meaning said participant, as if the god was riding them like a horse.

                            Hurston's book, if memory serves (I read it over thirty years ago) also describes the process by which a zombie was supposed to be created: the Voodoo priest (houngan) would ride over to the victim's house and suck their soul through the keyhole of the front door, then said victim would take sick, appear to die, and would be buried, only to be resurrected by the houngan and made to do their bidding. Hurston's book contained photos of alleged zombies and I think she theorised that they could have been placed in this state using drugs.

                            Here, by the way, is how the National Endowment for the Arts describes Hurston's most famous novel, "Their Eyes Were Watching God": "The novel explores main character Janie Crawford's 'ripening from a vibrant, but *voiceless* teenage girl into a woman with her finger on the trigger of her own destiny."

                            • John Moseley
                              John Moseley  2 weeks back

                              I've just been reading up on Hurston's life on Wikipedia and recommend it. An incredible person, whose life, or even just certain episodes from it, would make a brilliant and telling film. See, especially, her work on the Ruby McCollum case.

                              Absolutely shocking that someone with such a distinguished career could have died in poverty and been buried in an unmarked grave.

                          • burymeinpink
                            burymeinpink  3 weeks back

                            I don't think Jason is just unnerved, I think Red told him that she was originally Adelaide and that his mother was the original Tethered.

                            • buzzardbeatniks
                              buzzardbeatniks  3 weeks back

                              This is one of those movies that almost spoiled the "twist". The next time they show her after seeing her doppelganger in the funhouse, I assumed the doppelganger had taken her place. So for a while, I thought that was the case but as the movie went on and she seemed normal I kind of forgot about it. So when it's revealed that she really did swap places. It was a shrug moment and I just was like - oh yeah.

                              • Shoot Me Reviews
                                Shoot Me Reviews  3 weeks back

                                My review video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pn0DCoOTo4c&feature=youtu.be

                                • Sey Maple
                                  Sey Maple  4 weeks back

                                  Thought it was Carl jungs shadow and the ppl down below were their shadows, and facing them to defeat them or lose to them. Wow was I off

                                  • Joe Auerbach
                                    Joe Auerbach  1 months back

                                    That we are Americans line I think is the most telling thing about the whole movie, and I thought it was really brilliant.

                                    • Bhuiyan Muhammad Muktashif Anwar

                                      I also think the whole movie is about the cultural appropriations done by americans

                                      • Lunictd
                                        Lunictd  1 months back

                                        Adelaide went for Red's neckless to get the key and get rid of her cuffs. Other than that, an interesting analysis on the many themes and symbolisms of "Us".

                                        • Bennie Barnett
                                          Bennie Barnett  1 months back

                                          when the son puts his mask on at the end, he embraces the ideology his mother has held her entire life

                                          • Bo Dylan
                                            Bo Dylan  1 months back

                                            Generic, works 2bases lower but sometimes does do basic level work. Advertised as intellectual film essays about what ideas one might think during the film. Film essays can help someone recognize metaphors and symbols. The writer and director share in knowing an exact meaning. An audience, plays the part to play along if they choose, thematic elements of the stories many directors choose to work with is foundational to why go great lengths to produce the film in the first place.
                                            Most think racism, because he often uses it as comedy relief. Race as shtick is money.
                                            The driving theme of both films, strongly, is cloning. Get out wasnt scary, the subject of cloning is sci fi, the way he depicted what it might look like was the horror of it.
                                            NewsMedia uses the topic of race as weaponized fear, marginalize, and stabilize its teetering ridiculously corrupt evil slavery operation.
                                            Jordan Peele seems to be concerned more with this.
                                            The entertainment industry, most or even all major production studios, have been marketing the cloning "thing" for a long time, overtly or subtlety, in every genre by now and it is only now getting more in your face with it.
                                            The DNA ancestry blood bank scam, never had a clear purpose designed for the donor. Falsely advertising sense of clarity of ones heritage AND no cultural perspective, which is the heart of any heritage. The heart of a people is in the culture.
                                            The hands across America charity movement seems too overreaching and ineffective an act to mean what they say.
                                            Just like 23andMe.
                                            DNA collected and coded to be used for undisclosed purposes without direct consent.
                                            To Grow Bodies. For exploiting to full extent of use. According to get out, swapsies.
                                            Us, bodies used in experiments, trauma based training, for possible army of special forces. In every way, a slave.
                                            Beyond racism, race, daily struggle, human curiosity.
                                            Us means more than you guys covered, in fact, just for the record
                                            Since u guys have access to movie data bases,

                                            *****collect every movie with themes of ARTIFICIAL IMMORTALITY, CLONING, BODYHOSTING, ALTERNATIVE REALITY LIVING, onto a list, ones u can think of and then as u discover then, TV show, music videos, song lyrics on a separate section****
                                            Altered Carbon
                                            Total Recall
                                            Invasion bodysnatchers
                                            Clone wars
                                            Zombie movies

                                            • Joe Vautrin
                                              Joe Vautrin  1 months back

                                              Wrong, this movie is about COINTELPRO, MK ULTRA, and other psyops used by the FBI and CIA against America's own citizens.

                                              • glowsticksuit
                                                glowsticksuit  2 months back

                                                My favorite weapon symbolism is that all the tethered use sharp objects while the family all uses blunt objects, except for Adelaide who uses the sharp fire poker

                                                • Eric Graf
                                                  Eric Graf  2 months back

                                                  The „Thriller“ shirt she wears might be the best hint I’ve ever seen, everyone who saw the music video of Mike knows about the red eyes and reveal+ laughter at the end

                                                  • pele11201
                                                    pele11201  2 weeks back

                                                    Eric Graf also when Adelaide is telling her story to Red, the shadows on her face and the pain in her eyes makes her look like Michael Jackson when became a zombie and began dancing with the other zombies in front of Ola Ray.

                                                • ronald albert Ansley
                                                  ronald albert Ansley  2 months back

                                                  Its have great acting work !

                                                  • Cajetan
                                                    Cajetan  2 months back

                                                    Also found the use of speech or lack of interesting. For one, it is not a biological imperative that people from the underground can't speak, as Adelaide can. But their voice is only heard, if they become "Haves".

                                                    • seth thomas
                                                      seth thomas  2 months back

                                                      Could the scissors be used to cut the strings of fate, a la Herculean myth?

                                                      • lily monroy
                                                        lily monroy  2 months back

                                                        I thought it was analogy for class's divide. Privileged vs underprivileged when underclass rebel try to take over the upper class who were privileged had it

                                                        • DEATHWISH -CHRIS
                                                          DEATHWISH -CHRIS  2 months back

                                                          Holding up a mirror to " Us"

                                                          • Rahat Haque
                                                            Rahat Haque  2 months back

                                                            matpat; matpat ;matpat

                                                            • H
                                                              H  3 months back

                                                              great analysis and loove the use of duality in the film, even in the word 'tether' itself; by joining, it restricts - a scissor has two sides; when joined together it can cut/tear things apart - hands across America; by holding hands together they divide the country in two...

                                                              • dunbee
                                                                dunbee  3 months back

                                                                i think this movie is about an ego split that happens when certain individuals believe their lifestyles are completely righteous. the people underground are the repressed aspects of the individuals — their shadow so to speak. their shadows reflect the twisted narcissism, selfishness, barbarity, and mania of our protagonists, which is why both the repressed shadow and the individuals meet one another with complete hostility.

                                                                which is why the movie is called us. an ego split only occurs when you carry an “us vs them” mentality.

                                                                • dunbee
                                                                  dunbee  3 months back

                                                                  an ego split itself causes you to project your flaws onto other people. your shadow becomes “the other”. in this case, the doppelgängers are the other.

                                                                  which is why the lady says that the duplicates are tethered. not just in behavior but also in the mind.

                                                              • Chloe Dukes
                                                                Chloe Dukes  3 months back

                                                                A lot of people were saying the son got switched too during a previous summer trip. When he said he used to build tunnels out of sand while at the beach...and might also explain why he was so okay with his mom killing and being violent. Also in the beginning when they were talking about "I got 5 on it" both he and the mom were snapping off beat, a clue that both of them aren't quite right lol

                                                                • K Esperanza
                                                                  K Esperanza  3 months back

                                                                  The US movie made me revisit Lost again on Netflix.

                                                                  • Alcor Garcia
                                                                    Alcor Garcia  3 months back

                                                                    "What are you?"

                                                                    "We're Americans."

                                                                    Pretty much says it all. The holding hands at the end was the dark and soulless reality of the Hands Across America way back in the 80s. It was a gesture to raise money to rid America of homelessness but it was in reality an empty and soulless gesture and did not solve anything. Kinda like politicians giving their "thoughts and prayers" when mass shooting occur in our country. Those "thoughts and prayers" are empty and soulless gestures that resolve nothing.

                                                                    • Barbrasosi's Boinkers Channel

                                                                      I think there is also something deeper about the class mobility point. We see that only the Wilsons seem to have survived. If the whole point of the Untethering was about class mobility, it's telling that most of the other people don't get to survive, and the reason was they got complacent ( if we can assume what happened with the Tylers also happened to everyone else). The Wilsons only survived because of the plot twist (the family wouldn't have made it if Gabe was in charge). I will try to imply my point without giving spoilers. The idea is only someone who's tasted of being at the bottom can be really averse for it to happen again. That or they just dont want to get killed.

                                                                      With this perspective, it could also be a commentary of the jobs situation in the US, where some were stuck in that paradigm where they thought they can work in a factory and still might get a picket fence house, but in actuality, the jobs market are supply heavy, and wages are somewhat low, etc. (See American Factory). Also see immigrant mindset/mentality.

                                                                      I think Peele is making a larger point about the whole social mobility thing being bad, but climbing over other people is a valid reaction to the rules of said game.

                                                                      • Steph
                                                                        Steph  3 months back

                                                                        My interpretation was that it was about unequal opportunity in America, glad I wasn't imagining things lol

                                                                        • Eric Kjos
                                                                          Eric Kjos  3 months back

                                                                          Gabe wasn't "coding," he was afraid for his and his family's lives. So, he switched to a clever deceptive tactic. There is no hidden layer. But whatever, Peele is "brilliant," so it was "code-switching." Maybe I just come from a different perspective. I'm well aware of why I make the choices I make. Perhaps, Mr. Peele being a wealthy Hollywood Progressive is not aware of his own provincialism. When a person believes they are above it all, they are able to think of and treat the Mud People (i.e. everyone else) as unthinking unenlightened dimwits. And sadly he is probably right some of the time. Of course, he and his wealthy friends are typically "some of the time" people.

                                                                          • Headshots4Hope
                                                                            Headshots4Hope  3 months back

                                                                            When Adelyne killed Redree and took the necklace, it had deeper meaning than just mimicking the Doubles' habit of along the Surface Dwellers. Redree's necklace had the key to Ad's handcuffs, her TETHERS, that she had been wearing for most of the film. By killing Redree, she was able to reach the key and UNTETHER herself from the bind her double (actually a born Surface Dweller) placed upon her. Ad wasn't beating the Doubles' Attack, she was actually conforming to the Attack's main objective (which Redree called "the Untethering"). Boom, nailed it.

                                                                            • Anna
                                                                              Anna  3 months back

                                                                              I was definitely NOT disappointed by Us! I loved that movie and couldn't get it out of my head for days afterwards. I mean that ending.. jeez!

                                                                              • Ebiegberi Adonkie
                                                                                Ebiegberi Adonkie  3 months back

                                                                                Us is not a masterpiece.. change my mind

                                                                                • Martina Prinzessin
                                                                                  Martina Prinzessin  3 months back

                                                                                  I´ve read several times that the way the Wilsons kids seem to enjoy killing - like the brutal way Zora kills the Tyler twins - compared to their fathers hints early on that might be half tethered. This would somehow suggest that trauma is passed on, which more and more studies suggest. Great analysis and insight!!

                                                                                  • KalElKryptonsFinest
                                                                                    KalElKryptonsFinest  3 months back

                                                                                    I appreciate Peele's casting of very attractive, dark skinned actors, who typically get overlooked for more palatably light-skinned black actors.

                                                                                    • sochyvonn nora
                                                                                      sochyvonn nora  3 months back

                                                                                      There is not one gun in that movie...why no one talks about that?

                                                                                      • The Pooa Principle
                                                                                        The Pooa Principle  3 months back

                                                                                        Nice try. The dualism argument is good but thats not the core of the film. I know what it is...but should i tell? Now that is the ultimate question.

                                                                                        • chihuahuasarecute123
                                                                                          chihuahuasarecute123  4 months back

                                                                                          This movie sucked dick. But cool to see someone analyzing it.

                                                                                          • chihuahuasarecute123
                                                                                            chihuahuasarecute123  4 months back

                                                                                            This movie sucked dick. But cool to see someone analyzing it.