I was kind of in a movie rut for a little while recently. It wasn't that the movies I was watching were bad, it was just that I hadn't seen anything in a while that totally satisfied me. I had heard of Somos Lo Que Hay, a Mexican horror movie, but I hadn't had a chance to see it. When I heard that an American version had been released, I elected to watch it first. I normally try to watch original movies first and then the remakes (unless it's a movie based on a book because each movie is an interpretation) but I don't always stick to that. We Are What We Are is also on Netflix, which was pretty convenient for me.
I had a good feeling about this movie so I waited until it was dark and I turned off all of the lights. It is definitely a "slow burn" plot and I've heard from a few people that the pace ruined it for them. I felt that the slow pace was artistically executed and overflowing with suspense. It aided the plot perfectly for me.
It's definitely a gruesome film so don't watch it if you have a sensitive stomach. The gore isn't overwhelming though and I like that even with a healthy dose of blood and guts, the acting and the plot shine on their own.
Jim Mickle was on my radar after Stakeland and now he's definitely someone I'm looking forward to seeing more from. I hope he keeps up this streak!
Have you seen this movie yet? If you did, what did you think?
If you haven't seen it and you're in the mood for a beautifully filmed, grisly take on extreme religious observance and family traditions, check it out and let me know what you think of it!