We Are What We Are – Review

We Are What We Are. A self-proclaimed horror film and a replica of the 2010 Mexican production Somos lo que hay. Don’t keep your hopes up, you won’t be frightened. However, it could be worth your time if you are looking for a dramatic story enriched with disgust.

We Are What We Are is a dramatic horror film about the Parker family who lives isolated from the modern world in a creek in the Delaware countryside. The story starts from the death of the mother of the family, Emma Parker (Kassie Wesley DePaiva), who seems to have been suffering from severe headaches and tremors leading to her going insane and eventually to her death. This unfortunate incident, leaves her husband Frank (Bill Sage) and their three children, Iris, Rose and Rory all alone to cope with the strange life they are leading.

By ‘strange life’ I mean their cannibalistic instincts. Frank and Emma, were worshipers of ancient rituals that go back to Frank’s ancestors. In an annoying way, their cannibalistic and brutal habits are justified by their belief in God and that eating human flesh will guarantee His grace.

Iris and Rose, the two eldest children, are responsible for bringing food to the table after their mother’s death. But, since they are old enough to realise how different they are from the others and that their lives are not normal, they take the big leap, stand up to their father and escape from this flesh-eating nightmare he has put them through.

Kelly McGillis – also known as Charlie from Top Gun – is an indifferent bonus in We Are What We Are. She portrays Marge, the good Christian neighbour who has absolutely no idea of who the Parkers really are. Her presence in the film makes no difference, though, and her part is probably an attempt to fill those 107 minutes.

Cannibalism, the strict father, rituals. They all form the image of a proper horror film. But unfortunately, this is not the case at all. The story unravels quite slowly, with a very indolent pace. The main focus of the film, is not on the brutal murders of the Parkers’ victims, but on the sad story of three little children trying to sever the bonds with their monstrous father, who in the name of God does inexplicable things.

Even though, We Are What We Are has its powerful moments during which you can just go crazy with anger towards Frank, it fails to keep the viewers interested throughout. And even worse, the film’s ending is unnecessarily funny. The film takes itself quite seriously, however, the viewers will be probably left with a different feeling, since some scenes are taken too far to be serious.

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3 Responses to “We Are What We Are – Review”
  1. Thanks for reviewing this, I was torn over whether to spend my money on a cinema ticket but I’ll skip it and catch on dvd maybe 😀

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