The Wilson family are trying to enjoy their vacation when the mother Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o) starts to have flashbacks of a traumatic event she had as a child. One that ended with her meeting someone who looked exactly like her.
Her feeling that this person was coming back could not be more right as not only does her shadow twin appear but a shadow for each member of her family. Gabe,(Winston Duke) her husband, is sceptical until his double bashes in his leg and is helpless as his family is held hostage by these scissors stabbing maniacs.
With their calls for help ignored, it does not take them long to realize that everyone they know has probably lost their lives to a similar attack. Fortunately, they are able to escape the initial attack, but with the numbers and odds against them, only Adelaide seems to know how to put an end to this nightmare.
It takes about half the film for the action and suspense to be nearly constant, however, the slow build pays off in the end. Getting to know Adelaide and her family is vital towards understanding and appreciating how they react towards this sudden invasion. While Gabe adds the comedic relief, Adelaide is particularly anti-social and is able to adapt to a world filled with killing much easier.
Although violent and bloody at times, you do not get to see truly gory moments. Instead of watching scissors directing in the head close up, its a splatter of blood and noise. Stabbings, for the most part, are executed from a distance. Not sure if this a cost-cutting measure or to not gross out the audience. Or both.
Highly recommended for horror fans that enjoy a story before the bloodshed.
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