We Are What We Are

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We Are What We Are

Post by jonbly » Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:45 pm

9/10 - this version worked so much better for jonbly than did the original. The plot changes make the whole thing more coherent, and the diary flashbacks add some context.

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Re: We Are What We Are

Post by bernal316 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:59 pm

One of the rare occasions where a remake actually improves the original. Beautifully shot and good characters you actually care for. Jim Mickle has done a fantastic job with the material and this one is already earmarked to go into the collection upon release.
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Re: We Are What We Are

Post by Wolfshade » Tue Aug 27, 2013 1:36 am

Really shocked and surprised by this, I loved it - it was astronomically better than the original, which I hated. The storyline with the girls and the abusive father suited the story far better than the brothers in the original, and the scenes their family from hundreds of years ago worked really well. Slick and beautifully made, totally erases the memory of the poor original, just brilliant 9/10

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Re: We Are What We Are

Post by sherbetbizarre » Tue Aug 27, 2013 4:28 am

Was as bored by this as the original... plus the artificially subdued colour-palette made it look ugly too.

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Post by AdeBrown » Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:44 am

Remarkably good reworking of the original. "Now that was a horror film" said the missus as it ended.
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Post by morralex » Tue Aug 27, 2013 9:24 am

Absolutely brilliant. highlight of the festival!
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Re: We Are What We Are

Post by jonbly » Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:39 am

sherbetbizarre wrote:...the artificially subdued colour-palette made it look ugly too.
Agree on the drab look... understand doing that as a trick to make CGI easier a la Matrix, but there's no place for it in a movie like this.

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Re: We Are What We Are

Post by chary » Tue Aug 27, 2013 11:52 am

hated the original, but loved this remake, theres a great contrast between the dark, overpopulated slums of the first movie and the still green beauty of the remake. I was completely unprepared for the new jawdropping ending. When your kid tells you that he/she loves you then be warned :D!

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Post by mamawaldi » Tue Aug 27, 2013 12:28 pm

Haven't seen the original. Thought this was a great film, with a powerful finale.

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Post by black_rainstorm » Tue Aug 27, 2013 2:03 pm

Interesting comments regarding the original and I actually wanted to see it but now I might not bother.

I really like Julia Garner, having seen her in quite a few independent cult films in the last year and that terrible sequel to the Last Exorcism. It was quite slow but it really paid off so well, and that ending was just incredible.

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Re: We Are What We Are

Post by DJBenz » Tue Aug 27, 2013 5:38 pm

So. Fucking. Dull.

I've enjoyed Mickle's previous work, but this was another snoozefest.

2/10

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Re: We Are What We Are

Post by ChrisReynolds » Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:34 pm

It was definitely not a good choice to schedule this as the penultimate film, as it was very slow moving and thoughful, which made it hard to take when it comes at the tail-end of the festival. I actually preferred the Mexican original to this (despite not loving that either); this remake strips out the subtext of the original and instead goes for a character study angle, looking at parental pressure and abuse. It has some good acting, but it moves too slowly and spends a lot of time showing the local police officer piecing together a mystery we already know the answer to. It also brings in the cannibalism cliche of cannibals developing Kuru, which again the original didn't have, and which seems to display a lack of understanding of the epidemiology. About 10 or 15 minutes from the end it suddenly starts moving, and delivers excitement and tension and ends on a good note, though that still doesn't make up for the rest of the film.
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Post by streetrw » Wed Aug 28, 2013 12:42 am

I think it's better than the Mexican original, and I think it's more accessible (I had no idea what the hell was going on in the Grau film). But it's still heavy going.
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Re: We Are What We Are

Post by BabyJaneHudson » Wed Aug 28, 2013 1:46 am

Really liked this one. The mexican movie is good, but I like this one just as much.

Nicely filmed and well acted and I certainly wasn't expecting the ending. Only thing I couldn't understand was that they obviously had a problem killing people and eating them, but then they start munching on Dad - I know they hate him so I thought they would have just killed him and be done with it. Then again the ending wouldn't be as surprising. I like that actor, the guy who susses out the family. Can never remember his name.

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Re: We Are What We Are

Post by The Soapmaker » Wed Aug 28, 2013 1:55 am

I didn't like the Mexican film, far too much screeching and those silly scenes at the end with the idiotic cops. But this one, with its much leaner story and measured pace, worked well.

A pleasant surprise. In so far as a film about cannibalism can be a pleasant surprise.

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