Movie Review: WHAT WE BECOME Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack

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WHAT WE BECOME was directed by Bo Mikkelsen and stars Mille Dinesen, Troels Lyby, Benjamin Engell, Ole Dupont and Marie Hammer Boda.

The Johansson family’s idyllic summer is brought to an abrupt halt as deaths stack up from a virulent strand of the flu. The authorities start off by cordoning-­‐off the neighborhood, but soon panic and force the inhabitants into quarantine in their hermetically- ­‐sealed houses. Isolated from the rest of the world, teen Gustav spies out and realizes that the situation is getting out of control. He breaks out, but soon the family of four comes under attack from the riotous, blood-­‐thirsty mob who forces them to the extreme to escape alive.

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All of this craziness takes place in a small neighborhood and centers around this family and a few of their neighbors who get trapped inside as they watch the world outside go mad. This mysterious outbreak happens and the government won’t let the public know just how serious it really is until it’s too late. That sounds just like something the stupid government wackos would do, doesn’t it! The entire neighborhood gets quarantined but that doesn’t stop curiosity from setting in so a few of them do venture out a few times. This is where they learn more about what’s going on outside and how bad this outbreak really is. The infected are running around like wild animals and taking a bite out of anyone who gets in their way and of course this adds to their rapidly growing ranks.

The story for What We Become felt a little familiar but it’s easily forgiven because of the zombie genre is so saturated and stale. Still, the more believable story was interesting enough and the characters were pretty fun to follow – some more than others. To be honest, the movie reminded me a little of The Crazies and 28 Days/Weeks Later. What We Become is a slow burn where the dread and uneasiness gradually build as the world deteriorates which makes the payoff well worth the wait. We watch cowards become heroes at times as well as watch loved ones make uncomfortable sacrifices to save their own skin. In the end, it’s all gloom and doom for the human race. As far as the special effects go, it’s all kept to a minimum but the old school makeup used do make the infected look the way they did was creepy cool.

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The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details and some images. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. Both discs include their own individual artwork. Inserting each disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio. I watched with English subtitles but the score did have this retro cool 80’s vibe to it. Gotta love keyboards and synths!

Bottom line is, What We Become ended up being a pretty entertaining horror that offered up a more grounded approach to the zombie apocalypse genre. The whole virus/outbreak scenario makes it more of a believable watch with some light doses of horror thrown in for some added terror. It’s so hard to come up with anything new and original as far as zombie movies go, but Bo Mikkelsen did just that with his more realistic approach of how this crazy epidemic could actually begin from ground zero and how people would try to deal with it. What We Become is a slow burn but Mikkelson captures enough dread that the payoff is worth the wait. This Danish outbreak horror-thriller releases on a Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack on October 18th and is worth a watch.

Distributor: Scream Factory / IFC Midnight

Run Time: 81 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: Danish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

DVD Video: Anamorphic Widescreen

DVD Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Special Features:

  • Trailer (01:51)

 

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