NOPE – Movie Guide | movie reviews for christians

NOPE is a one-of-a-kind sci-fi horror film from acclaimed black filmmaker Jordan Peele. The hero is a terse black cowboy, Otis “OJ” Haywood, who recently inherited the family horse-fighting ranch in a remote desert mountain ravine outside of Los Angeles. His family, including his recently deceased father, have long leased horses to the entertainment industry, dating back to the days of silent movies. A strange UFO he has been tracking kills a group of people nearby. So, OJ teams up with his sister, a local Hispanic electronics expert and an eccentric white cinematographer to trap the UFO and destroy it.

NOPE is a unique UFO movie that’s also a scary monster movie. It combines themes from countless past sci-fi movies and horror thrillers and has an exciting finish. However, has nearly 50 “f” words, numerous other obscenities, and five strong profanities. There are also some gruesome and violent images. Finally, the hero and his sister have an argument where she mentions that she had an affair with her therapist. However, NOPE has a positive moral worldview promoting heroic courage, family, and compassion. Extreme caution is recommended.

(B, CapCap, Ho, LLL, VVV, S, A, DD, M):

Dominant worldview and other worldview content/elements:

The light-hearted moral worldview in a chilling sci-fi film promotes heroic courage, family, and compassion towards people and horses, which contrasts with the animal brutality of the film’s two creepy monsters, one of which is a raging chimp, with some strong pro-capitalist elements where the film’s black hero takes over the family business when his father suddenly dies, marred by a crude reference to a lesbian affair the hero’s sister had with her therapist

Coarse language:

Approximately 121 obscenities (approximately 45 “f” words and 45 or more “s” words), five GD profanities, two mild profanities


Brief extreme violence when a rampaging chimpanzee who has killed two people is suddenly shot as he watches a young boy hiding under a table with a transparent tablecloth hanging between them and images of blood around the chimpanzee’s mouth and around his mouth, the man falls off his horse, and turns out to have been hit by a quarter that fell from a small plane flying overhead, a gruesome brief image of the dead man’s eye where the quarter l ‘hit and penetrate his brain, UFO forms dust tornadoes on ground to sweep away human victims, some obscured footage of people inside UFO screaming in horror, UFO chases man on horseback , UFO chases people, motorbike engine suddenly stops and man on motorbike is thrown forward about 20 feet, woman rides motorbike through police tape, he is undercover heard that the UFO kidnapped and ate a group of people during an outdoor carnival show r, human blood mixed with water rains down on a large multi-story ranch house one night and the next day viewers can see red stains of blood around the house and its porch, but [SPOILER] The UFO is finally torn apart and destroyed


No sex scenes, but it’s slightly implied in a line or two that the main female character is dating other women and she rudely says she had fun with her therapist.



Alcohol consumption :

Some alcohol consumption

Smoking and/or drug use and abuse:

The main female character vapes several times in the film, but there are no drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:

Hero’s sister seems a bit self-centered.

NOPE is a sci-fi horror film about a black man who fights horses for the entertainment industry and his sister who, with the help of two white men, tries to destroy a strange UFO that has just murder a group of people in a remote desert ravine near Los Angeles. NOPE has a lot of scary scenes, several gruesome bloody images, a reference to a lesbian affair, and heavy bad language, including about 50 “f” words, but it’s well done and the people who fight the monster show courage and heroic ingenuity.

The film opens with the film’s main subplot, which involves a chimpanzee on a TV sitcom who suddenly becomes an ape and viciously murders two of his co-stars.

Cut to about 20 years later, and Ricky, the sitcom’s Asian boy who witnessed but survived the chimp’s rampage, leads a western carnival in a remote ravine in the high desert near Los Angeles. A highlight of the carnival is a show where Ricky, dressed as a cowboy, stages a recreation of another event in his life where he witnessed a UFO. Nearby is Otis Haywood’s family ranch. Following in the footsteps of his own father and grandfather, Otis has been vying for horses for the entertainment industry for decades and has a grown son and daughter. The son, OJ, Otis, Jr., helps his father with the ranch horses, but the daughter, Emerald, lives in town and helps with marketing and coordinating missions.

One day, the father sits on one of their horses in their outdoor corral while OJ watches from afar. Strange whistles are heard. Suddenly, the father stops moving, the horse comes out of the corral a few steps and the father falls off his horse. OJ rushes to his father’s side. Later, at the hospital, OJ learns that his deceased father was shot in the eye and brain by a quarter who fell from a small plane thousands of feet in the sky which mysteriously crashed or exploded.

Several weeks later, the death of their father took a toll on OJ and Emerald’s horse wrestling business. OJ had to sell several horses. After his favourite, a beautiful black girl, gets scared of filming for a commercial, they go to Ricky’s to ask him to invest with them. Ricky asks them to lend them the black horse for his show.

Meanwhile, Emerald comes to live at the ranch with OJ, though there is some tension between them. OJ is a calm and thoughtful man, the spitting image of the laconic cowboy of many Hollywood films. In the wake of his father’s death, he notices something in the sky beginning to scare his horses. Stranger noises accompany these frightening events. Looking up at the sky, he notices a dark image among the clouds that looks like a flying saucer. One night, the ranch’s electricity briefly goes out, as do the lights at Ricky’s carnival.

Emerald convinces OJ that they could make a lot of money if they could film the UFO scaring their horse. So they buy cameras and surveillance equipment at the local Frye electronics superstore. The store clerk, a young man named Angel, helps them set up the cameras. Intrigued by what they are doing, Angel secretly monitors their video feed from the store and his house.

Eventually the UFO starts killing people, not just scaring horses. So OJ, Emerald, Angel and an eccentric cinematographer decide to lure the UFO out and destroy it. What follows is a chilling yet thrilling sci-fi adventure.

NOPE is a unique UFO movie that’s also a scary monster movie. It combines tropes from countless sci-fi movies and horror thrillers past, from 1950s monster and UFO films to more modern buzz films like JAWS, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND and the Original ALIEN. The UFO conjured up by writer/director Jordan Peele and his team is unique, however, and the UFO trap is clever and fun. The climax and resolution of the film in the third act is quite exciting.

That said, while it feels less politically correct than Peele’s last two films, NOPE weaves abundant foul language into its story. It contains over 120 obscenities, including about 50 “f” words, and several GD profanities. Also, during the two or two arguments Emerald has with her brother, OJ, Emerald rudely mentions that she slept with her therapist. NOPE also contains many scary scenes. Most of the violence isn’t graphic, but there are several gruesome gory images. Finally, although the subplot about the rampaging chimpanzee seems unrelated, it actually sets the stage for the animal brutality of the UFO. Animal brutality is a theme of the film. NOPE contrasts this with the innocence of the frightened horses and the heroic courage and compassion of OJ, the devoted horse trainer, not to mention the heroic courage that OJ’s sister and Angel display during the film’s third act.

However, the creators of NOPE should have removed the foul language from the film. Also, no viewer needed to know about the sister’s sex life. Her rude confession to her brother makes her an unattractive and unattractive person. Her crudeness unnecessarily hurts the average viewer’s feelings towards her.

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