Fasten your seatbelts because writer-director Jordan Peele is about to take you on the ride of a lifetime. What starts as a story about a brother and sister (Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer, both great) maintaining the family business as horse trainers for the movies and television morphs into a combination of sci-fi and horror thriller when a flying saucer with a penchant for dropping metallic objects—keys, coins—on the people and animals below shows itself from beneath the cover of an eerie cloud. Combining a rare intelligence with some very strange goings on, ‘Nope’ is unlike anything you are likely to see this (or any other) year!
‘The trailers for Jordan Peele’s “Nope,”… have raised some intriguing questions. Is it a western? A horror film? Science fiction? Satire? Will it fulfil the expectations raised by Peele’s first two mind-bending, zeitgeist-surfing features, “Get Out” and “Us,” or confound them? I can now report that the answer to all of those questions is: Yup. Which is to say that there are some fascinating internal tensions within the movie, along with impeccably managed suspense, sharp jokes and a beguiling, unnerving atmosphere of all-around weirdness… Peele’s movie love runs wide and deep. There are sequences here that nod to past masters, from Hitchcock to Spielberg to Shyamalan, and shots that revel in the sheer ecstasy of moviemaking.’—A.O. Scott, The New York Times