Wednesday, October 18, 2017

WHAT WE BECOME (2016) Blu-ray review

What We Become (aka Sorgenfri) (2016) d. Mikkelsen, Bo (Denmark) (1st viewing) 81 min

I don’t want to pull the lazy critic card, but there’s not really much to say about this lean little zombie movie from the land of murderous Shakespearean princes and delicious spiral pastries except that it’s an excellent and utterly derivative undead shambler opus whose most distinguishing feature is that all of the characters are speaking Danish.

The production values are superb across the board, the plague/government containment plotline is intriguing (if familiar), and the characters are all realistically fleshed out and superbly performed by an ensemble of actors whose names will be unfamiliar to most Western audiences.

Writer/director/editor Mikkelsen’s feature debut definitely announces an artist with promise; I can hardly condemn him for not reinventing the wheel within an overstuffed subgenre. Bottom line, if you are a zombie fan and don’t mind subtitles, this is high quality comfort food on a budget that makes no apologies – it sets out to deliver the gut-munching goods and said goods are delivered with speed and efficiency. Oh, and hats off to the flashy opening and closing titles.

What We Become is available now on Blu-ray (with no extras) from Shout! Factory and can be ordered HERE:


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