Among Us, The Thing and The Game of Suspicion
Even if you haven’t played it, I’m sure you’ve heard about it by now: Among Us it’s even in the soup. It has been the most downloaded game during the year of confinement, it has served American politics to campaign, it has started a whole series of memes and cult around it and there are even rumors that Netflix could be interested in adapting it into a movie. The truth is that we understand it, because it is a simple, direct and addictive game, which allows you, depending on the game, to be the hero or the villain, fight for collective victory or deceive those around you so that Evil prevails over the Good. And on top of that you can customize your little man in a thousand different ways.
The thing goes like this. When you achieve the miracle of entering a game, you are assigned a role: crew member or impostor. The crew members have to carry out their assigned tasks (simple: pass an identification card through a machine or join colored cables) while trying not to die at the hands of impostors, whose objective is to go unnoticed in the team while they kill each of them with a knife. its members. When a corpse is found, all the players meet in a chat and argue for a minute about who the murderers may be, and it is time for them to get a trick and confuse people so as not to be discovered. How do you win? If all the crew perform all their tasks on the ship, they win. If the impostors assassinate them before they can, the crew loses. And everything happens so fast that you don’t even have time to see where the damn task is on the map.
The subgenre of cinema that best fits the essence of this successful video game is that of whodunit, that is, those stories in which the objective is to find the person responsible for a crime. Kind Cluedo, The town sleeps or almost the entire literary production of Agatha Christie. If you have addicted to Among Us And now you’re looking for movies of this style, we recommend the best ones.
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Daggers in the back
There is no one who can resist this Rian Johnson film, which brings together a spectacular cast (Jamie Lee Curtis. Chris Evans, Toni Collette, Daniel Craig, Don Johnson, Christopher Plummer …) and puts us in front of a plot full of tension, twists, mystery and a delusional sense of humor. The conflict? The patriarch of a very wealthy family has just been assassinated, and everything indicates that the person responsible is among the members of his family, who were in the mansion that night. Ah well, there was also his poor nurse (played by Ana de Armas), who does not know where to get into and whose role in all this mess is more important than we might guess. No, we don’t have the insight (or charisma) of the great detective Benoit Blanc.
How Among Us, this film by Daniel Espinosa takes place in a spaceship where its crew also have to do tasks to survive and also coexist with a threat that they are not able to identify. Although here, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds could be facing the first evidence that intelligent life exists on Mars. There is nothing. She is a cousin-sister of Alien, the eighth passenger and a curious hybrid between Hollywood blockbuster and absurd B-movie. Is there a better possible combination?
Murder on the Orient Express
If Agatha Christie were alive, she would be playing Among Us for sure. And it is very similar to his mystery novels. The iconic author created one of the most iconic ‘whodunits, Murder on the Orient Express, which was brought to the big screen in 1974 with a whole panel of classics, from Lauren Bacall to the recently deceased Sean Connery. If you are one of those who likes modern adaptations more, you also have Kenneth Branagh’s from 2017, with Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer. But the story is the same: a murder is committed on a moving train, so that among its passengers hides a criminal who tries to be unmasked by the detective Hercules Poirot.
We return to space, although without colorful uniforms and funny hats, for another mystery plot: the Sun is about to go out and a team will try to prevent it by blowing it a good load of explosives, but the constant technical problems of the ship in which they travel makes you think a crew member is sabotaging you … Okay, he doesn’t pull out a knife and treacherously rip people around corners, but it certainly looks a lot like how Among Us. Will they be able to solve the mystery and reach their destination in time before the Earth runs out of its greatest vital sustenance?
The game of suspicion (Cluedo)
If you’ve ever played Cluedo (or, also, to The town sleeps), you may have noticed that Among Us neither is he inventing the wheel. And the best proof of this is to revisit this film from the 80s in which the famous game was transferred to a fictional story. You already know the story: various characters of all kinds meet in a mansion at the invitation of a stranger and, in the middle of the evening, the lights go out and the host (who had been blackmailing them for years) appears dead. How to find out who is the culprit if everyone had reason to get him out of the way? The video game discussion room is a joke compared to this movie.
La cosa (The Thing)
They may not be in space doing tasks on a spaceship, but in this John Carpenter film they get pretty close to the essence of Among Us: a group of isolated people in the same place (in this case, an Antarctic experiment station ) who discover that one of them could be an imposter (specifically, infected with a deadly alien being) and that it could kill them all. Although the game lacks something that this movie does have: Kurt Russell being the boss of always. Together with him, the crew would always be victorious and the debates would end very quickly.
In this James Mangold film, a group of complete strangers who are trapped in a seedy motel by a near-apocalyptic storm and their refuge turns into a nightmare when they discover that there is a murderer among them. Your plot sounds familiar to me. If you enjoy looking for the impostor among the players of Among UsYou will also do it in this film with John Cusack, a thriller full of traps in which we are going to fall hopelessly and a few revelations that you do not expect.
More impostors in space? We are not running out: in this film by Steven Soderbergh, who plays in the league of the already mentioned The thing Y Sunshine, we meet again in a ship whose mission is being sabotaged by some members of the crew. And it is that eye, because the fault lies with some aliens that are capable of adapting any form and that are replacing humans at what The invasion of the body thieves. Survival is at stake, but who knows if they’ll be able to find them before it’s too late.
Let’s go down to Earth once more, because of impostors nobody knows more than the saga Scream, that each film has prepared a new surprise for us who is hiding under the white mask in the shape of a scream and the black sheet. Is a Among Us in every rule, only that the spaces multiply and the murderer is much more cruel and imaginative than the one in the game. It all starts with one call and turns into an exciting, tense and terrifying hunt.
A corpse in the desserts
We already saw about finding murderers who hide among their victims in the 70s with this film very much like Cluedo, where a billionaire invites the best detectives in the world to his mansion to pose a major challenge: someone is going to die at midnight. And it’s your job to find out who the murderer is. A very juicy game for any lover of mysteries, something that applies both to the protagonists and to those who watch with a jar of popcorn in hand, pointing at the screen every time we think we see a clue. This is how we are.
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