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The unexpected success of the $4.5-million socially conscious thriller, released by Universal Pictures, is more than just a quirky Hollywood anomaly. It serves as a reminder that studios, even in a seemingly ossified system, can find success by betting on fresh talent and edgy ideas that connect with audiences.

In a time where the future of the movies is so much questioned, nothing pointed the way forward like Jordan Peele's directorial debut. It's unquestionably a landmark movie in representing an African-American perspective in a way that has seldom, if ever, been seen before. But by seamlessly fusing genre with message — and finding droves eager to see it — "Get Out" was a reminder of a forgotten truism: Nothing makes a zeitgeist like a must-see movie.