So much of Jordan Peel's second feature film, Us is really awful. The trailers are just unsafe enough to intrigue us, and the joking remix of "I Got 5 on It" by Luniz dictates all his chilling vibe. And the film itself is very scary – fans were so desperate to make sense of it all, that they believed their own wild theories almost seconds after the trailer's debut. But no theory could come close to the actual end of the movie, which we will discuss below.
Warning: large spoilers for Us front!
Who are they
At the beginning of Us we meet the Wilson family: Adelaide and Gabe (Lupita Nyong & # 39; Black Panther s Winston Duke) and their children, Zora and Jason (Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex). The four travels to Adelaide's childhood home in Santa Cruz, CA, for an idyllic summer vacation, but it's difficult for Adelaide to relax because she is haunted by a trauma that happened when she was a child. It all comes to light after a day at the beach with their family friends, Kitty and Josh Tyler (Elisabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker respectively).
Adelaide reveals to Gabe that when she was a child, she went with her parents to an amusement park on her birthday and walked into a mirror field alone. While in there, a storm cut the lights, and she stumbled into a part of the basement where she ran into a little girl who saw exactly as her down to her pigtails and "Thriller" the shirt she was wearing. Adult Adelaide tells Gabe that she is running after it, but he finds it hard to believe in his story until the whole family is soon confronted with demonic versions of themselves (who we learn is called "Tethered") later that night.  As the film continues, we see the Wilson family fight their doubling as red (Adelaide's jumpsuit-wearing double, which is the only Tethered to actually speak) leading them to attack the family. Wilson's is able to escape long enough to capture Tyler's death and learn from a news program that the whole country is under attack by murderous doubles. This causes Adelaide to declare that they are traveling to Mexico to escape. At this time, both Gabe and Zora are able to kill their Tethered Doppelgängers, Abraham and Umbrae. The family then begins their drive out of California, but they stop when they encounter Jason's masked doppelganger, Pluto, in front of a burning car in the middle of the road.
Jason manages to manipulate Pluto to commit suicide by using the latter's innate urge to mirror his movements and cause him to enter the flames. Red kidnapped Jason while everyone's attention is on Pluto, forcing Adelaide to run after them. Chase brings Adelaide back to the apartment from her childhood, and she knows somehow exactly where to go to find Red (this is important!): An underground tunnel with several rooms filled with rabbit cages, bunk beds and classrooms. Adelaide comes across Red in one of the classrooms, which the latter stands in front of the table, cuts figures out of building paper as she reveals the truth behind Tethered and why they have come.
Why did Tethered attack? 9005] Red explains that Tethered came to be a government project, originally created to control the people they were modeled on. When they realized that the Tethered only replicated their originals and not their souls, the government abandoned them to destroy the tunnels. Red has always been different from the others, though – she can speak and generally seem more intelligent than them. On the other hand, they make her their leader and she comes up with an idea of how to rebel against their originals. As we see, their plan is to kill their originals and form a line inspired by the 1986 Charity Event Hands of America, where people joined a human chain for 15 minutes. According to Red, the line is a symbolic act to bring awareness to Tethered's existence.
After this, Adelaide and Red reveal themselves in a violent battle that sees Adelaide suffer two strikes from Red's gold scissors before she manages to infuse the other with her fireball. When red turns down, she begins to whistle the melody, we hear Adelaide whistle like a child in the mirror. Adelaide leans over to pull red with the chain of her handcuffs and release a guttural scream when the other finally dies. She finds that Jason is hiding in one of the closets nearby and trying to assure him that everything is okay, but he now seems scared to her.
What is Twist in us?
US 's latest disclosure comes as the entire Wilson family reunites and continues their drive out of California. Adelaide has a backlink to her childhood where we see her in the mirrored house that connects to Tethered's home. When young Adelaide (played by Madison Curry) meets her double in the dark, we see that the young doppelganger actually paves her out and pulls her underground in the tunnel and changes places with her. The "real" red leaves the Adelaide handcuff to a bunk bed and takes her place around the world; That is why Adelaide's parents felt that their daughter had been changed after the day on the beach, why "Red" is the only Tethered who can speak and why she is leading a rebellion.
Back in the present, the false Adelaide smiles as she realizes she is sure to find out. That is, until she turns to see her son, Jason, staring at her with a suspicious expression on his face from the passenger's side of the car. Although she smiles at him, he turns away and pulls his mask back on his face as if he is closing away from his fake mother.
The movie ends with a display of California, where Tethered can see their human chain for miles. Wilson's may have survived the movie, but they will never know they are actually with the real Red, and they never really know who their wife / mother is. The monster is part of "us", no matter how hard we try to bury it.