Having studied UAPs (i.e. unidentified aerial phenomena, formerly known as UFOs) for over a decade, I’ve been waiting for a brilliant new UAP drama. UAPs were once considered nothing more than conspiracy theories—to be fair, 99% of “UFO sightings” by civilians can be explained—but anybody who has studied the extensive amounts of military intelligence gathered on UAPs in the last 80 years knows that the other 1% is quite interesting. So, I had lofty expectations for Jordan Peele’s third film: Nope. Little did I know that any expectations I had going into it were, for better or worse, immediately shattered. Why? It’s just impossible to expect what will go on in a Jordan Peele film. That is his genius. He throws knuckleballs that whizz past your face before you even swing. And he is a prolific genre rebel—churning cinematic dabbles of artistry, refined aesthetics, dark humor, a spine-tingling sense of thrill, and a meticulous labyrinth of mystery that is further heightened by the brilliant sound design. Nope didn’t blow me away, but it does engender an epic and visionary spectacle.
But again, soon after the film started, I realized yet again that I was naive to have certain expectations as for what will happen in a Peele film—and he worked his magic again this time—in a film I expected to be a UAP thriller which ultimately mutated into something much more imaginative. Shot in IMAX by the legendary Hoyte van Hoytema, the cinematographer behind Interstellar (2014) and Tenet (2020), Nope is one of those works that is simply destined for the theatrical experience in all of its grandeur. So, the plot is essentially as follows: Two siblings who run a horse ranch and handle their horses on productions for films and shows encounter a sinister force at their ranch in rural California. I’d call it a UAP, but now I’m reluctant to describe it in any more lucid terminology, for things aren’t what they seem. Meanwhile, a theme park owner nearby encounters the same phenomenon in the skies and devises an interesting plan. What follows is an audacious maze of eerie sequences, sinister twists, comical moments of relief, and a horror/sci-fi thriller with manic bursts of energy. The film can get brutal—therein I think this screenplay demands a strong gut—but you’ll be fine. There’s just an undercurrent of predator-prey themes that gradually reveal themselves. Granted, I know this synopsis sounds absurd, but you’ll thank me later for the lack of spoilers.
Anyway, rising talent Daniel Kaluuya plays the protagonist, OJ Haywood, with Kaluuya shining—after his marvelous, Oscar-winning portrayal of Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)—alongside Keke Palmer, who plays OJ’s sister Emerald. Oddly enough, while Kaluuya was great, Palmer stole the show with a vibrant, hilarious, refreshing performance that balances out the darker layers. Unfortunately, the script just doesn’t grant enough exposure to its characters’ lives for us to care about their fate. Peele’s directing is somehow both sharp and chaotic, and I’ll confess that the chaos doesn’t always unfold smoothly. Sure, there are some masterful technical and artistic aspects: from the stunning chimpanzee flashback scene that you’ll feel creeping down your spine as soon as you see it to the gorgeous shots to the careful deployment of sound. The script just isn’t very cohesive. The screenplay’s highlights are still dazzling though, and I’d call Nope an epic due to its ambitious nature. Plus, while the bar is lower for horror films than it is for dramas, Peele always packs enough punch to earn respect among cinephiles.
Still, when I walked out of the theater, I couldn’t help but feel that Nope didn’t quite seem to figure out what it is—or what it wants to be. There’s something clotted about the way these oddly arranged scenes combine in one screenplay. I remain torn between wondering if this film is pointless or if it is actually some sort of profound champion of transcendental art. Either way, I certainly had a blast watching it. And I’m sure it must be seen several times to make sense—so I’m excited to see it again. I imagine that my thoughts on it will evolve, yet I don’t know if they’ll be for better or worse; I’m hoping the former. Who knows? All I know is that this film is a breath of fresh air. It has a weird aesthetic juxtaposed with a visceral aura containing horror, thriller, and sci-fi facets. If I were to rank Peele’s films, I’d put this one just above Us (2019). For now, Get Out (2017) retains the crown. Then again, art is art; comparisons are just a lame thing I love to do. Then again, you can’t really compare Nope to anything. Just be open-minded and prepare to remain on the edge of your seat. And finally, whether you love Nope or not, it’s time for us to embrace the reality that Peele will emerge from his trilogy of high-quality hits as a certified legend within his signature genres.
what’s the latest update on congressional hearings for uaps
Great question! I’m a bit busy right now but will get back to you tonight with a more thorough reply!
My apologies for the delay! Totally forgot. Will compile some info now!
So long story short: While certain factions of the government have been well aware of extensive, well-documented, credible military UAP sightings since at least 1944 (when sightings really started to increase due to WW2—as well as the famous Foo Fighters incident), they have obviously been quite weary of sharing this stuff with the public, as I’m sure you’re aware. They don’t want to cause mass hysteria or dismantle certain aspects of the world’s religions and so on. But they know that the public is, to some extent, aware—and that this will only continue to increase as technology further develops (thus enabling citizens to document their own sightings with high-quality cameras and so on). So, insofar as I’m aware, it seems that the government is trying to slowly release small bits of info about UAP sightings at a time. They are gradually giving it to us in small doses. This is something I’ve researched for years and have heard from a government source whom I will not identify.
So, the recent hearing in Congress on UAPs is a great event for us to see (especially after congress went so long without saying anything), and it seems that they’ve all been briefed on some of the major military sightings. This includes the 2004 USS Nimitz encounter, which I discussed at length in another comment on this thread and one that I’m happy to further discuss if you’d like. Long story short, there were dozens and dozens and dozens of witnesses of a series of encounters with tic-tac shaped UAPs over the course of several days. They tracked them on radar for two days and ultimately pursued them, with several fighter jets capturing them on video. I will link a few articles with videos on this encounter (and there’s much more to say about it, for which I recommend watching The Nimitz Encounters on Prime Video), but long story short the Pentagon has released a few videos from this encounter and similar ones, but the problem is that they doctored the videos to an extent to make the UAPs less clear and obvious. This is to invite skepticism and curtail the public from collectively realizing that we are not alone and have been visited all at the same time. Again, they want to release some of this info in very small doses, and I assume that lots of info and evidence will never be released. Regardless, we’ll see what happens in the future!
P.S. Another thing is that this seems to be a perpetual struggle within the government of which classified & dark money-funded apparatuses (like AATIP, which Luis Elizondo—whom I highly recommend checking out—was the head of for a while, something that was confirmed by the government although they later tried to discredit him once he became essentially a whistleblower) have access and records of these interactions. I know the military would like to know even more in terms of factions within the military who aren’t high-level enough to have already been briefed. Same goes for members of Congress. Even the president does not have full access to everything that’s out there in terms of government documentation of UAPs, but obviously every president is debriefed on it all to an extent.
wow so this is legit
Yep. Declassified official videos from the Pentagon.
I try to stay skeptical always. Still do. Interesting reports though absolutely
Absolutely. Skepticism is perhaps the most important virtue in science (certainly one of them). Couldn’t agree more. But at the same time, when presented with repeated, compelling evidence of all sorts of types over the course of years is something you really have to consider (particularly given the scale of the universe and how little knowledge we humans have, right? In my personal opinion, while skepticism is something I maintain pretty much at all times, it is naïve to resort to categorical skepticism even when presented with compelling data over and over again.
thank you man, i’ll check all of this out
No problem at all! I appreciate your interest—and sorry for the spam.
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“Still, when I walked out of the theater, I couldn’t help but feel that Nope didn’t quite seem to figure out what it is—or what it wants to be. There’s something clotted about the way these oddly arranged scenes combine in one screenplay. I remain torn between wondering if this film is pointless or if it is actually some sort of profound champion of transcendental art. Either way, I know I had a blast watching it.”
^nice summary of how i felt right there^
You know what they say: Great minds think alike!
I liked it. Didn’t love it…
This is the response I’ve heard, I do still wanna see it though
Let me know what ya think if you do!
I will! Ok to follow your socials?
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Totally on your side, no spoil required! And your right to when you’re suspicious about the blurry intentions of the director. Lots of topics, certainly due to the deep study of french philosopher Guy Débord, but also a huge visual show you cannot miss.
Glad you enjoyed the movie. Heard mixed things about it, but it seems you enjoyed it.
Yep. Enjoyed it for the most part, but not for everyone!
Thank you so much for sharing!