Nix marks Jordan Peele’s third film, following the wildly successful two-punch of Go out and U.S, respectively. While the alien invasion flick hasn’t enjoyed the same critical acclaim as Peele’s previous efforts (currently, Nix sits at 82% on Rotten Tomatoes compared to the 98% earned by Go out and 93% earned by U.S), it still contains enough of the same unique horror elements that made the director’s first two offerings so memorable.
Now that Nix has been unleashed on audiences, we thought it was time to rank Peele’s three efforts from worst to best. Let’s get to it!
To call U.S Jordan Peele’s worst movie is a nice compliment. The sophomore effort from the acclaimed director doesn’t capture the same balance of wit and horror as Go out, and it meanders a bit in its middle act (albeit on the way to a fascinating climax). Yet there is still much to admire about this bizarre tale, as it centers around doppelgangers who live beneath our feet and wait to take control of our lives. Visually, it is probably Peele’s best film.
Throw in a mesmerizing (and curiously overlooked) Lupita Nyong’o performance, some genuine scares, a few clever twists, and you’ve got yourself a fun, creepy night at the movies – and a horror flick with a little more substance to go with the squirting limb.
The reaction to Nix has been quite puzzling. A number of critics and fans decry the alien invasion film as an empty spectacle, while others feel that the third act takes too much of a wild turn – reactions echoing those that flooded M. Night Shyamalan’s Sign 20 years ago.
Pigs, I say!
Nix is definitely not perfect. The first act is a little clumsy, as are the attempts at humor. Daniel Kaluuya’s soft-spoken character takes some getting used to, and patience is definitely required for the various moving parts (especially a side story about a chimpanzee) to fully come together. But when the horror/action finally starts, Nix takes off in unexpected ways and has more to say than you might think.
Whose Go out gave a chilling look at social policy, and U.S used its slasher premise to examine class structures, Nix offers a scathing condemnation of Hollywood and the entertainment industry in general, specifically in its treatment of animals used in various forms of entertainment.
Sure, the third act needs some work and doesn’t always live up to its promise of spectacle, but Nix still boasts a fascinating subject matter, offers a few unique twists and delivers the goods in terms of horror/adventure. You may never look at the sky the same way again.
Go out may be the most socially relevant horror film since George A. Romero’s 1968 masterpiece Night of the Living Dead. Peele (in a stunning directorial debut) offers a fascinating exploration of racial politics wrapped in a new concept that simultaneously entertains and terrifies. Peele strikes the perfect balance of humor, horror and entertainment that few films have ever achieved, delivering any number of iconic sequences that stick in your mind long after the credits roll.
Daniel Kaluuya is fantastic in the lead role and is flanked by a solid cast of talented supporting stars who fit their roles with aplomb. Michael Abels’ score pops, while Toby Oliver’s cinematography perfectly captures Peele’s haunting, even vivid, vision.
Shortly said, Go out is one of those rare movies that you will never forget and therefore deserves the top spot on this list.