From the moment I heard about the remake of Jorge Michel Grau’s 2010 cannibal flick, “We Are What We Are,” I was excited to see what an American director [who turned out to be Jim Mickle] would do with the story. After watching it, however, I’m not sure if I’m all together pleased with the result.
The story itself remained fairly intact, although every single role seemed reversed — the father and mother from the original switched roles in this rendition and instead of two sons and a daughter, there are two daughters and a son. Ironically, these role reversals seemed to work very well. This was mainly due in part to the performances delivered by the cast. Everyone seemed to be able to play their parts with a great sense of authenticity, which I greatly appreciated.
A major gripe I have with this film is the pacing. I felt like the entire plot unraveled at a rather sluggish rate and found myself checking the remaining playtime more than once. The one positive twist to that, however, is that the hour and 45 minutes ended with a bang! I absolutely loved the final scene of this movie and the events of the last five or so minutes, alone, made all of that waiting well worth it.
If you have some time to kill and can get in the proper mood for a slow-burner, I recommend checking out “We Are What We Are.” Overall, this remake gets a 3.5 out of 5.