Small Design Decision — Celine Goh

The movie I watched over the weekend was the horror-gripping Get Out. If you think this was just a movie about black-vs-white struggles encapsulated in a horror thriller package, think again. 

Get Out actually embraces modern-day cultural thematics and loops in the sci-fi when the Whites plot to take-over the Blacks, this time by implanting their consciousness from their dying White bodies into healthy Black bodies with specific talents (sports, artistic etc.) that the Black may have.

I found that this idea was pretty interesting since it actually covers both the physical and the mental realms of B&W struggles through a very jarring and grosteque cinematography and plotline. Also, this movie touches on Afrofuturism whereby the stories have black people as protagonists, which is pretty rare for horror films (since they are usually killed off..)

And during the finale, when Chris sees police lights on the dark road, he immediately puts his hands up, despite being the one in danger. You can read more about that here.

The design detail that intrigued me the most was the flashlight on the phone which shed light on the protagonist’s fears that something was amiss.

When flashed, the light on the phone awakens the hidden Black consciousness that was suppressed by the White conscious, allowing the Black to momentarily take back control of his/her own body.

Even at the end, the protagonist, being attacked and almost killed by one of the Blacks-possessed-consciously-by-a-White, used his flashlight on his phone to shock the attacker such that he is unleashed from his shackles.

Since cellphone footage has been instrumental in revealing police brutality cases in America regarding racial biases, it was an apt portrayal through the movie that the flashlight phone camera was the one technological tool that ‘unlocked’ and unleashed the racial suppression within the physical bodies of the Blacks.

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