Dawning Creates

Writing and Reviews – Denise Pasutti

We Are What We Are (2013 – US)


The Gist: 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. (IMDB)

 Warning:  The below trailer may spoil some aspects of the movie if you don’t already have an idea of what it is about

The Family & The LawJulia Garner (Rose Parker); Ambyr Childers (Iris Parker); Bill Sage (Frank Parker); Jack Gore (Rory Parker); Wyatt Russell (Deputy Anders); Michael Parks (Doc Barrow)

We Are What We Are (2013)


My Take:  Doesn’t the trailer make this movie look like it’s full of suspense and an evil Daddy tormenting his family and community?  I certainly thought it did but the trailer is misleading.  The movie isn’t bad and it certainly benefits from a good cast and high production but, yes there is a but, it was too slow-paced, the characters are not very interesting or fleshed out and the suspense and thrills are trumped up for the trailer but aren’t delivered in the flick.


The Parker family matriarch and breadwinner, so to speak, dies unexpectedly, leaving eldest daughter Rose to take over preparing the annual feast of flesh to purify their bodies of all the evils and toxins of the world.  This is left to the oldest woman in the family because that is how it has been done for a couple of  hundred of years, since their ancestors got lost in the woods and had to get their meat from each other.  We watch as the family deals with the mother’s loss and Rose and Iris try to accept their new roles in the family dynamic and stand up to their domineering father and his strong religious beliefs.


Final Thoughts: This movie had potential and perhaps what I found boring is what makes a flick like this work for others.  For me though, it wasn’t very engaging and there is not nearly enough suspense or compelling story to keep it interesting.  I will say that the last 10 minutes was a bit surprising and I liked it however this one is still a pass as I was expecting something more intense.


3 comments on “We Are What We Are (2013 – US)

  1. Hayley Knighten
    April 7, 2014

    Great review and I agree on those last ten minutes…dayum didn’t see that coming.


    • Denise
      April 7, 2014

      Thanks! Yeah, I was not expecting it and it was almost uncomfortable to watch as they seemed to enjoy and were disgusted at the same time.


  2. theipc
    April 7, 2014

    Nice work! I loved it….


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