Film Language Tag: low-key lighting
Lighting where the main source of light creates a stark contrast between light and dark.
Peik Lin (Akwafina) drives her old college roommate Rachel (Constance Wu) to the Young estate, where her boyfriend Nick (Henry Golding) is waiting to welcome her and introduce her to his family. When Nick comes out to greet them, he surprises Peik Lin by inviting her to join the party.
Buffalo Bill Talks to the Ghost of Sitting Bull, Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson
Buffalo Bill (Paul Newman) talks to the recently deceased Sitting Bull (Frank Kaquitts).
After Amos (David Girard) threatens Gareth (Franklin Ritch), Cherry (Tatum Matthews) reveals that she has gotten significantly more advanced and is nearing superintelligence, now being closer to experiencing human emotions and have even more realistic conversations and reactions. Deena (Sidna Nichols) then implores her to use this newfound agency to find happiness.
After Amos (David Girard) votes against a merger with Princeton Dynamics to give Cherry (Tatum Matthews) a corporeal form, the team discusses using her data tracking to find the rogue vote before Amos admits that he could not approve the merger without Cherry's consent.
Gareth (Franklin Ritch) explains to Amos (David Girard) and Deena (Sinda Nichols) how his Cherry program functions, moving past the functionalities of the best chatbots to hold realistic conversations with Internet users. He has created, he explains, an autonomous program that exceeds the specifications of the Turing Test.
Marcel (Jenny Slate) takes care of his grandmother, Nana Connie (Isabella Rossellini), and observes the attention they are getting. After ensuring privacy in his home, he goes on to "ice-skate" on a dusty table before he notices a squirrel in the house.
After sharing a joint with Micah (Wyatt Cenac)'s couch, Jo (Tracey Heggins) and he discuss their contrasting notions of race, identity, and self-conception while he works on her bike. After tiring of the debate, Jo suggests they go out dancing; Micah volunteers to call a cab.
After Micah (Wyatt Cenac) brings her a drink, Jo (Tracey Heggins) pushes him to shower before climbing into bed. While he showers in the next room, she opens his laptop and peruses his social media history before going back to bed herself.
Civil Rights leader Kwame Ture (Corey Hawkins) recites a speech at a local rally hosted by the Black Student Union. Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) attends, going in undercover on behalf of the police as Philip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) and Jimmy Creek (Michael Buscemi) listen in. Ture speaks on the need to embrace Blackness and Black beauty, police brutality, opposition to the Vietnam war, and the fight for racial equality.
Gareth (Franklin Ritch) shows off Cherry (Tatum Matthews) and explains how she works. She has two modes: one which replicates Cherry logging onto a video platform to ensnare predators, and an admin setting in which the user can hold a vocal conversation with the program.
After an apparent one-night stand, Micah (Wyatt Cenac) and Jo (Tracey Heggins) quietly observe each other while getting ready to leave their host (John Thurgood)'s now largely empty loft apartment. The party host invites them to stay for breakfast on their way out but they leave anyway.
After a brief phone call, Micah (Wyatt Cenac) searches on bike and foot to find where Jo (Tracey Heggins) is staying, knocking on doors repeatedly. Eventually, when he finds her and returns her wallet, he asks to come up to the apartment; she allows him to.
Wei-Wei (May Chin) makes breakfast while Wai-Tung (Winston Chao) wakes Simon (Mitchell Lichtenstein) and then his father Mr. Gao (Lung Sihung). Over breakfast, they discuss Wai-Tung's plans to have a simple courthouse wedding to Wei-Wei, prompting protests from Mrs. Gao.
As Oscar (Michael B. Jordan) and his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz) ride the BART back home, Katie (Ahna O'Reilly) recognizes Oscar and calls out his name. While the two catch up, Cale (Joey Oglesby), who Oscar knew in prison, recognizes him and punches him. When the BART stops, police officers Ingram (Chad Michael Murray) and Caruso (Kevin Durand) restrain and harass Oscar, and Ingram shoots him in the back.
After showering, Wei-Wei (May Chin) retires to her and Wai-Tung’s (Winston Chao) bedroom, but he leaves and falls asleep in Simon’s (Mitchell Lichtenstein). Simon returns late and Wai-Tung accuses him of having an affair. The next morning, they discover that Wei-Wei is pregnant with Simon's child as Wai-Tung's Taiwanese parents (Lung Sihung, Gua Ah-Le), listen in.
After hearing of their tenant Wei-Wei (May Chin)'s immigration troubles, Wai-Tung Gao (Winston Chao) and his partner Simon (Mitchell Lichtenstein) decide to stage a marriage to solve her immigration problems and satisfy Wai-Tung's parents. They re-decorate Simon and Wai-Tung's apartment to appease Mr. and Mrs. Gao, removing signs of their relationship.
Ellen Hutter (Greta Schroder) invites the Count (Max Schreck) into her room, in an attempt to defeat him. Hutter (Gustav von Wangenheim) goes to fetch the physician (John Gottowt) and the imprisoned Knock (Alexander Granach)attempts to warn Orlok. Orlok drinks Ellen's blood but is caught in the morning sunlight and vanishes.
The film crew, knowing Max Schreck (Willem Dafoe) is a vampire, attempt to let in the sunlight to kill Schreck. But Schreck had sabotaged the door, trapping them all inside. Schreck kills Fritz (Cary Elwes) and Albin (Udo Kier) and Murnau (John Malkovich) doesn't stop filming. In the end, the crew arrives and kills Schreck, and Murnau asks for an endboard.
Adelaide (Lupita Nyong'o) and Jason Wilson (Evan Alex) are in a room with their clones. Adelaide’s clone forces Jason Wilson and his clone to play while the clone gives her life story. Simultaneously Umbrae (Shahadi Wright) and Gabe Wilson (Winston Duke) fight their respective clones, finding crafty ways to outmatch their opponents. Eventually the family finds each other and leaves, surviving the encounter.
On the way to the Santa Cruz beach the Wilson family sees a dead body. Shortly later the family arrives at the beach and, while interacting with the Tyler family, Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong'o) encounters multiple coincidences that throw off her ability to converse with Dahlia Tyler (Elisabeth Moss). Gabe Wilson (Winston Duke) converses with Josh Tyler (Tim Heidecker), and Umbrae Wilson (Shahadi Wright) hangs out with Becca (Cali Sheldon) and Nix Tyler(Noelle Sheldon). While the family members are distracted, the youngest, Jason Wilson (Evan Alex) wanders off, forcing Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong'o) to panic while looking for her son.
After his father suffered a stroke, Wai-Tung (Winston Chao) rushes to the hospital to find his mother, Mrs. Gao (Gua Ah-Leh). When Mrs. Gao notes Wei-Wei's pregnancy, Wai-Tung spontaneously comes out to her as gay, while Simon (Mitchell Lichtenstein) and Wei-Wei (May Chin) overhear the conversation.
During an interrogation, Gareth (Franklin Ritch) explains to investigators Deena (Sinda Nichols) and Amos (David Girard) that the photos of a young girl named Cherry on his computer are deepfakes, showing a synthetic computer program he created in order to catch sexual predators and pedophiles online.