In the Santa Clarita Valley of Southern California, the Haywood family runs a farm for Hollywood movie horses. She has been doing this for generations and soon OJ (Daniel Kaluuya) will be running the currently less-than-ideal business on her own. However, the passing of the baton comes ahead of schedule when Father Otis (Keith David) is killed in broad daylight by a falling object.
This won’t be the last strange incident on the farm. Along with his sister Emerald (Keke Palmer), OJ tries to figure out exactly what’s going on. In the end, however, it is the technical specialist Angel Torres (Brandon Perea) who notices that there is a cloud in the sky that does not seem to be moving. Is there a flying saucer hiding there? When trying to create evidence in the form of a picture or film recordings, the three soon risk life and limb.
Nope is a clever blockbuster that comes across as a bit thin at first glance, but then its full effect unfolds with a little brain power. But if you just want to have a good time, you won’t be disappointed. Jordan Peele’s homage to Steven Spielberg’s Jaws and critique of the lust for spectacle is equal parts entertaining, sinister, and intelligent.