Starting in 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' territory as a young black man called Chris (Psychoville's Daniel Kaluuya) visits the country home of his white girlfriend for the first time before events start to turn a little more sinister as he realises that there's something not quite right about the few black people that reside and work in this mostly white community.

To say anymore would ruin the many surprises that writer/director Peele has up his sleeve here. Not least the fact that he hasn't made the straight up comedy you'd expect him to make for his debut feature as one half of sketch comedy double act Key & Peele. Instead he fully embraces and subverts the horror genre and its familiar tropes of increasing unease and well-placed jump scares to unsettling effect.
However the film isn't entirely absent of humour, its use as a way of relieving tension is impressively handled.

Its handling of race is also surprisingly provocative. Peele chooses not to place his character in a more obvious openly bigoted world but in amongst a group of white Liberals who would have genuinely 'voted for Obama if he'd run for a third term' but clearly don't quite know how to interact with black people who aren't cooking their dinner or raking the leaves on their lawn.
Peele mines this awkward situation for all its worth, especially in a prolonged garden party scene.

He has also assembled an impressive cast with Kaluuya giving an outstanding career making performance as Chris, building on recent strong turns in Black Mirror and Sicario. Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener are also excellent as his girlfriend Rose and her parents, while LilRel Howery hilariously steals scenes as the best friend back home who knew something wasn't quite right all along. Atlanta's Lakeith Stanfield, Betty Gabriel and Marcus Henderson are also very good in small but key roles. Plus Stephen 'Office Space' Root also makes an impression in a brief appearance as a blind gallery owner.

If there is a fault, it's that the first half can be a little slow as it sets up the scenario, though Peele certainly makes up for that in a violent and relentless final act.

A bold and arresting debut, Get Out is a both a timely and unflinching look at the subject of race in modern America and a cracking horror movie.

By Kevin Knapman

Get Out (15)

1h 44m
Director: Jordan Peele
Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Catherine Keener

UK Release: Friday 17th March 2017

Get Out - "Dean Asks Chris" Clip

Get Out - "Party Guests Ask Rose About Chris" Clip

Get Out: A look Inside featurette