Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Day 11: What We Become (2015) 1h 25m
When I think of the general Norway/Sweden/Denmark area of Europe I tend to think about black metal, and ABBA, but mostly black metal. So when I rolled the Danish film What We Become and saw this poster image I was hoping it was going to be bloody with satan and cool shit. What I got was a 28 Days Later knock off. So what I became was bored.
What We Become starts with a viral outbreak in a small city area. It quickly becomes a militarized zone where those that turn are pulled out and taken somewhere to be killed and the survivors have to live just on small rations. Shit goes down hard thanks to our "teenage" jagbag, Gustav, sneaking out and basically leading to things getting out of control way faster than normal time would allow.
These characters were lame. The teens are oversexed and the parents appear absurdly laid back at times. Gustav sucked so hard as a person that the greatest monster in this film is his sheer existence. The course this film takes is just a slow crawl of what 28 Days... did much better.
Apparently this is the first "post-apocalyptic zombie" film to come from Denmark. While I'd say this were more early-apocalypse than post-apocalyptic, I wish it would have been more inventive. There were some good visual elements but at one point the windows to the outside world get blacked out and I assume that this was put in as a plot point only because they couldn't keep filming with the background showing people doing their normal life things and breaking the immersion. I could be wrong, but it felt like that was the reason.
I give What We Become 1 copy of 28 Days Later out of 5: