Nope is a 2022 American science fiction horror movie written, directed, and co-produced by Jordan Peele under the banner of Monkeypaw Productions. Starring Keke Palmer, Daniel Kaluuya, Brandon Perea, Steven Yeun, Wrenn Schmidt, Michael Wincott, and Keith David. In the film, two siblings who own a ranch attempt to capture video evidence of an unidentified flying object.
Peele officially announced his untitled third directorial movie in November 2019. Palmer and Kaluuya joined in February 2020, Yeun was cast the following month, and Peele revealed the title in July 2021. Filming took place in fall 2021 in North Los Angeles County. , packing at the end of November.
The movie premiered at the TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles on July 18, 2022, and was released in the United States on July 22, 2022, by Universal Pictures. It received positive reviews from critics for its originality, ambition, performance, and Peele’s direction.
Peele’s Nope is full of mystery and suspense, all revolving around the appearance of a strange “Craft” that is assumed to be a UFO from the start. After the untimely death of their father, both OJ and Emerald throw themselves into how to keep their ranch afloat, which leads to their paths crossing with the phenomenon.
OJ begins selling horses to Jupiter just as he first meets “Craft,” setting off a chain of events that are shrouded in mystery, unraveling with bait-and-switch moments, shocking revelations, and metaphorical flashbacks that make Nope carefully constructed brain teasers and exciting sci-fi horror antics. Now, know about Nope movie.
Nope: Movie Synopsis
In 1998, a chimpanzee named Gordy suddenly attacks the cast, crew, and audience on the sound stage of the sitcom Gordy’s Home. The show’s youngest actor, Ricky “Jupe” Park, goes into hiding and witnesses the brutal ordeal, but Gordy is unusually friendly to Jupiter before the authorities shoot Gordy.
Currently, Otis Haywood Sr., owner of the Haywood Hollywood Horse Ranch, trains and processes horses for movies and television. Haywood claims that the unnamed man in the famous Horse in Motion pictures was his great-great-grandfather. When Otis Sr. is killed by mysterious debris falling from the sky, his children Otis “OJ” Haywood Jr. and Emerald “Em” Haywood inherit the ranch. OJ struggles to keep the business afloat and uphold his father’s legacy, while Em seeks fame and fortune in Hollywood.
Six months later, while filming a commercial with prominent cameraman Antlers Holst, one of the horses reacts violently when the crew disrespects it. The Haywoods are fired from the project, and the ranch’s financial troubles force OJ to sell the horse to Jupe, who has moved nearby and set up a carnival attraction called Jupiter’s Claim to use his story of surviving the Gordy incident for profit.
Em encourages OJ to sell the ranch to Jupiter, feeling no connection to the business and remembering that their father broke his promise to teach her to train her own horse. However, the Haywoods noticed that their electricity was fluctuating and that their horses were either disappearing or reacting violently to an unknown presence. They discover an unidentified flying object that was eating their horses and spitting out any inorganic matter, leading to Otis’ earlier death.
The siblings decide to movie evidence of the existence of UFOs and recruit Fry’s Electronics employee Angel Torres to help them set up surveillance cameras. Electrical inference from the UFO and an insect on one of the cameras prevent them from getting clear footage, but Angel notices a nearby cloud that never moves and deduces that it is a UFO hideout.
Jupiter presents a new show in Jupiter’s Claim, planning to use horses as bait to lure UFOs in front of paying audiences. A UFO comes and swallows Jupiter, his family, and the audience. OJ deduces that the UFO is not a spaceship, but a predatory creature asserting dominance and that it does not eat those who are not looking at it.
OJ believes that using methods similar to those used to break and train horses, they can influence the aliens’ behavior to get shots without being eaten. After a second failed attempt to film the alien, now nicknamed “Jean Jacket” by the Haywoods, the three decide to hire Holst to help.
Since the alien has an influence on electronics, Holst brings analog IMAX cameras to capture the footage. OJ attempts to rescue a TMZ reporter who has trespassed but is engulfed when OJ asks to film the event. Overwhelmed by the sight of the UFO, Holst allows himself to be absorbed by his camera, destroying the group’s plan and forcing the remaining three to separate.
After Angel survives Jean Jacket’s attack, OJ lures the alien away from Em. He uses a TMZ reporter’s electric motorcycle to travel to Jupiter’s Claim. There, Em unties the fair’s large helium balloon mascot for Jean Jacket to feed on, and uses an analog camera in the Winkin’ Well attraction to catch the creature as it attacks the balloon. The balloon explodes when eaten, killing the creature. With Jean Jacket dead and the picture as proof of his existence, Em sees OJ on his horse outside the park.
Nope: Ending, Explained: What Happened At The End?
In the case of Nope (which is unrelated to Get Out or Us), it is revealed that Jupe was a child actor who starred in a number of sitcoms – including Gordy’s House, a show about a family living with Gordy the chimpanzee. Jupiter witnesses an incident in which Gordy goes on a rampage after a balloon burst on set, killing and maiming an actor in a scene.
Covered in blood, Gordy returns to terrorize the downed stars several times while Jupiter hides under the table. Gordy eventually sees Jupiter and approaches him, but instead of attacking, he extends his paw to punch himself, which was something he was trained to do in the show. Gordy is then shot dead by the authorities in charge. Jupiter grew up with a sense of arrogance about his survival, running a western-style theme park in the desert while secretly hiding a sanctuary for his show experiences.
When Jupiter discovers “Craft”, he thinks he can control him and make him a new spectacle for his show (since he survived Gordy’s bloody attack), buying horses from OJ and “sacrificing” them to “Craft” to get him to appear, he basically trained it. OJ’s father says in a flashback, “Some animals just don’t want to be tamed,” which becomes a central theme in Nope, whether it’s about Gordy, the horses, “the craft,” or humanity itself.
The original plan for the protagonists at the end of Nop, once the desire for “craft” (to feed) is discovered, is simply to get a high-definition video of it, sell it to the networks and make some money. Even when Daniel Kaluuya’s OJ and Palmer’s Emerald discover that the “Craft” is a real creature, they still focus on capturing the footage and employ a real cameraman (Wincott) to help.
The idea is to lure him into getting the footage, which in turn would make them rich and alert the world to what he is, thus prompting what would eventually become a massive response to his presence and possibly scare him. It’s a plan built on greed rather than the goal of killing the “Craft” that eventually turns into a struggle for survival that ultimately destroys it.
When OJ appears to sacrifice himself to help Emerald escape, he releases a gas-filled balloon that “Craft” tries to eat and explodes instead. All the while, Emerald snaps, still hoping to capture that lucrative shot. After “Craft” is defeated and the dust begins to clear, Emerald sees Kaluuya’s OJ on his horse Lucky, showing that he survived his attempt to lure him away.
However, it is entirely possible that Emerald is hallucinating, just as OJ was hallucinating earlier when he remembers moments with his father being seen as if he was actually there. It is ultimately up to the viewer to believe what they see as the truth (OJ alive and on a horse) or take it as some kind of vision. In any case, it’s the last scene at the end of Ne before the credits, so no further explanation is given, meaning it could easily remain ambiguous.