Sunday, 1 December 2013

Review: We Are What We Are (2013)

We Are What We Are
IMDB rate: 5,7
Genre: Thriller

Another 2013 horror movie! Well, horror.. to be honest I didn't find We Are What We Are much of a horror movie. It discussed some horror elements, yes, but not only until the very last scene we actually saw something of this, and what we saw wasn't very frightening to me.

It reminded me a lot of the style of Stoker, it was very dark and quite slow. Stoker is also a slow movie, but it wasn't too slow. There were enough happenings that made the movie interesting. With We Are What We Are (let's call it WAWWA for short ;)) it was often too slow. It wasn't very interesting in my opinion, so often my thoughts were away from the movie.

A seemingly wholesome and benevolent family, the parkers have always kept to themselves, and for good reason. Behind closed doors, patriarch Frank rules his family with a rigorous fervor, determined to keep his ancestral customs intact at any cost. As a torrential rainstorm moves into the area, tragedy strikes and his daughters Iris and Rose are forced to assume responsibilities that extend beyond those of a typical family. As the unrelenting downpour continues to flood their small town, the local authorities begin to uncover clues that bring them closer to the secret that the Parkers have held closely for so many years.

It's quite obvious that there is something wrong with the Parker family, it's a modern time but they often sit in medieval clothing, especially during dinner. While it's not too obvious in the beginning what is actually wrong with this family, we get the right thoughts about it quite easily.
So beware, spoiler ahead, but the Parkers are all cannibals. While this should be very shocking, it didn't feel very shocking. So to me, the feeling wasn't very right in the movie. It didn't even feel as a true horror movie, more like a normal thriller, but with cannibalism in it.

In the movie they are talking about people missing from the village, but there are only 3 missing people in the last few years. Not really a reason to worry it seems to me. But in the nearby area there are 80 missing people, and while this is being said there isn't anything done with it. It's more listed as a fact rather than a concern.

Also, it's very briefly shown that there are people in the basements of the Parkers, which gives enough clues already about the cannibalism, but still it didn't worry me at all.
The movie is put up quite boring and slow, there is more shown about the family in general than the concerning fact that they are cannibals. It's more like 'here is a family that isn't really functioning well, oh, and they are eating your neighbors by the way'.

Also, the entire story is a bit weird. They are following some sort of old religion which makes them eat people. They seem to find their religion (where they are eating people) a lot more accurate than a normal religion to get a place in heaven. Everyone has their principles, I get that, but dude you should reconsider the cannibalism part.
The daughters seem to be utterly disgusted by the fact that they are forced to eat people, and when they finally had enough they are taking revenge! Yes finally, we've waited for this the entire movie! But isn't it a bit hypocrite that they are taking their revenge by eating their father?

Personally, I thought that WAWWA (that's like if a baby is talking) was quite a boring movie. It had no tension in it and the cannibalism seemed to be more of an after-effect. The beginning was quite fascinating because it looked very good, great pictures and the acting isn't bad either. I like cannibalism movies, they are very gruesome and always leave some sort of impression behind (The Road, Ravenous), but this movie didn't do that at all unfortunately. I have never seen the original (this one is a remake of a Mexican movie I believe), but I have seen some pictures of it and those pictures look a whole lot more interesting that the ones of this movie. Perhaps I will watch it someday.

My personal rate: 6/10

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