High fives to a low-tech sci-fi creature feature

Brent Northup

At the Cinemark

“Nope?” Yup.

Sometimes the best way to move forward is to slide backwards.

In the age of dazzling CGI special effects and cacophonous Marvel action movies, Jordan Peele has gone retro.

I felt like I was a kid again, back to the age when UFO movies about flying saucers featured spaceships that looked like saucers.

Back then our imagination alone connected the blurry dots and teleported us to places we’d never been before.

Will 21st century moviegoers welcome low-tech sci fi? My hunch is that the grosses will be respectable, but not Marvelous. Opening weekend was solid, but still likely to trail the fourth installment in the Thor franchise.

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In fairness, “Nope” is not your grandmother’s Saturday afternoon movie. First, it’s a horror film about hungry aliens, with a creepy edge that is appropriately unsettling.

And, more notably, this film stars two powerful black actors working with a black director – and that’s a far cry from the snowy white ’50s when we all knew who wasn’t coming to dinner in Hollywood.


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