We Are What We Are (2013)

logoDirector: Jim Mickle

Writer: Nick Damici, Jorge Michel Grau, Jim Mickle (Screenplay)

Starring: Kassie Wesley DePaiva, Laurent Rejto, Julia Garner, Ambyr Childers, Jack Gore, Bill Sage, Kelly McGillis, Wyatt Russell, Michael Park

 

Plot: The Parkers, a reclusive family who follow ancient customs, find their secret existence threatened as a torrential downpour moves into their area, forcing daughters Iris and Rose to assume responsibilities beyond those of a typical family.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Brilliantly Built Up

 

Story: We Are What We Are starts by letting us meet Emma Parker (DePaiva) as she goes about her day only for her to have some kind of illness and dying. Moving back to her house we meet her child Rose (Garner), Iris (Childers) and Rory (Gore) who have gone into their family traditional fasting. With the father Frank (Sage) grieving it is up to the girls to identify their mother. To keep up with their mysterious traditions Iris now has to step up as the eldest woman in the household. While the family continues to grieve the loss, the young daughters plan to take over the tradition. The girls learn about the history of the family and how they survived for years with the tradition. While they are preparing things Doc Barrow (Parks) finds a bone and starts looking into missing persons including his daughter. While we know what is going on it isn’t until the preparation for the meal that we see what the Parker family is really doing.

We Are What We Are does what many horror film fail to do that is create a genuine shock moment, and this builds it up to levels I haven’t seen in recent horror films. We get the basic idea of hiding the idea without giving too much away before slowly revealing small parts of the film before we get the big reveal. It is hard to even find a negative side to this story telling it is told with near perfection. It pulls you in to each scene leaving you wondering what will happen next waiting for something big to happen and when it finally does it is worth the wait. This is simple, it is how you make a horror that will shock. (9/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Ambyr Childers: Iris Parker eldest daughter who has to take over from her mother after her death in prepare for the family traditions. She wants to keep her younger siblings but has to go through one last ritual before trying to escape. Ambyr does a great job in the lead role and could easily be a name in horror for years to come. (9/10)

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Bill Sage: Frank Parker father of the household who is showing the effects of years of cannibalism but still forcing his young family to continue to follow the traditions after his wife dies on the first day of them. Bill does a great job in the leading role where he shows a full range of emotions. (9/10)

 

Michael Parks: Doc Barrow local doctor who upon finding a bone starts to think he could uncover the truth about what happened to his daughter who has been missing for a while now. Michael gives a good performance and continues to show that he is always good to go to in horror. (9/10)

 

Julia Garner: Rose Parker younger of the two sisters who has to help her sister in the work but is clearly too young to be involved in that sort of thing. Julia gives a great performance and starts the shock moment. (9/10)

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Support Cast: We Are What We Are has a small cast but the remaining members of the cast all offer to the main story be it the officer trying to ask simple questions with a romantic angle with Iris or neighbour who has helped the family they all work well to help the main story.

 

Director Review: Jim Mickle – Jim does a great job directing a horror that is a genuine shock value contender. (9/10)

 

Drama: We Are What We Are uses the drama side of the story to build up everything the characters are going through. (9/10)

Horror: We Are What We Are hides the horror until little parts get revealed before we see the real horror of what they are doing. (9/10)

Thriller: We Are What We Are builds up to shock everyone with the final moment. (9/10)

Settings: We Are What We Are uses settings to make everything seem like it could be your very own neighbour instead of making anything a creepy looking location. (9/10)

Suggestion: We Are What We Are is a must watch for all the horror fans out there, it actually will shock you. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part of We Are What We Are: Not giving too much away too fast.

Worst Part of We Are What We Are: Hard to find one.

Oh My God Moment: The final moment will shock you.

 

Believability: It creates the story to make it look like it could be very real. (9/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Could have one

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Awards: 7 Awards including Best Horror Film in Toronto After Dark Film Festival.

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

Tagline: Blood is the strongest bond.

 

Overall: Genuinely Shocking Horror

Rating 90

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Mr Nobody (2009)

logoDirector: Jaco Van Dormael

Writer: Jaco Van Dormael (Screenplay)

Starring: Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh Dan Pham, Rhys Ifrans, Daniel Mays, Juno Temple

 

Plot: A boy stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? Infinite possibilities arise from this decision. As long as he doesn’t choose, anything is possible.

 

Verdict: Ambitious to say the least

 

Story: We start by seeing Nemo getting killed over and over in different was, before we meet the older Nemo who is being treated and finds out that he is 118 years old even though he thinks he is only 34. Things continue to get confusing when he flashes between three relationships. He is the last living mortal and he is about to die and the people in the future are trying to figure out his true identity. He starts to tell his story to a young journalist where we learn more about the future world. What follows is a look back at Nemo’s life and all the decisions he takes and wants to change, with him possessing the ability to change what happens in his life. He seems to be able to look at every outcome he wishes he could see.

Well as you can tell from the previous paragraph I really did get confused with this one, but once you get to the end I do believe everything gets wrapped up nicely and actually all makes sense. This is hugely brave idea that will leave plenty of people losing interest because it plays so many different outcomes, lives that our hero lives people will not stay full interested. Though I consider that hard to keep up with everything will make sense and it all is very simple, it really could be something we have all looked at, at some point in our lives. In conclusion I think this is extreme smart film that pushes you in so many different directions to get such a simple message over that is really rewarding. (9/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Jared Leto: Nemo filling both young Nemo and old Nemo we see how the others many different potential lives could have happen mixed with the older Nemo who is looking back at his life trying to figure out the truth about his past. Jared gives a brilliant performance with a full list of different characters. (9/10)

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Sarah Polley: Elise one of the three women that Nemo falls in love with gets married and has a family with. She isn’t the most stable of the women but offers a look at Nemo as a loving father. Sarah gives a good performance. (7/10)

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Diane Kruger: Anna his onetime step sister who he falls in love with even though things don’t always run smoothly in his versions of the relationship. Diane gives good performance but a lot of praise has to go to Juno Temple too for playing the younger version who has more screen time. (8/10)

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Support Cast: Be it the different people he meets through his different lives, his parents and the journalist asking Nemo the questions. All of the support cast help Nemo get to the next stage of his story.

 

Director Review: Jaco Van Dormael – Brilliantly brave idea for a film that really pulls you in however confusing things seem to be but also wraps up the confusion before it all ends. (9/10)

 

Drama: This puts our characters through nearly every emotion possible while the story unfolds. (9/10)

Romance: The look at how Nemo looks for a perfect romantic idea while he always seems to meet the same problems. (9/10)

Sci-Fi: Great look at how things could look in the future. (9/10)

Cinematography: Beautifully shot scenes especially the ones in the conclusion of the film. (9/10)

Music: A string of iconic songs used for montages through the film. (9/10)

Settings: While certain settings are very generic when things start to unfold we get some hugely unique ideas for settings. (8/10)
Special Effects
: Be it the make-up effects used on Jared Leto or the future world created to the space ideas and every special effect scene comes off brilliantly. (10/10)

Suggestion: I will be rating this highly but I really do think it will only appeal to certain people and the more casual fan might find the film both too long and too confusing. (Try It)

 

Best Part: The idea

Worst Part: Comes of overly confusing before the end.

Lessons Learned: Imaginations are limitless.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Opening Credits Rating: With narration from Nemo about the mind-set of a pigeon we get to see how the character will use his look at life. (9/10)

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $47 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 21 Minutes

Tagline: If you never make a choice, anything is possible

Trivia: Nemo is Latin for “nobody”. It was the name that Odysseus gave the Cyclops.

 

Overall: Stunning, Brave and Brilliant

Rating 92

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My Guess for Rating – 70%
My Anticipation Rating – 70%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

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My Guess for Rating – 60%
My Anticipation Rating – 20%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

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Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

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Trailer Alert – Veronika Decides to Die

Plot – he story centres on Veronika, a woman in her mid-twenties who appears to have everything: good looks, good job and a great life ahead of her. Yet she decides to end her own life. She is unsuccessful and awakens in a mental hospital where she learns that she a short time to live. However in the hospital she meets people who are only ‘insane’ because they don’t always follow society’s rules. With little left to lose, Veronika embarks on a journey on which she frees herself to experience relationships and emotions and ultimately discovers what it means to live.

Release Date:  Non Set in UK

Stars:

  • Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy The Vampire Slayer)

Director: Emily Young (Kiss of Life)

What Looks Good? Gellar looks like she will give a great performance.

What Looks Bad? It was made in 2009 and is only just coming out.

Summary: This does look like it will be able to give plenty of mystery and conspiracy side to its story. It could be very interesting to see how the writer see how people deal with such a sensitive subject.

Questions:

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 50%

My Guess Rating – 65%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No