We Are the Flesh (2016)



We Are the Flesh is the story of two homeless teens who take shelter with a madman in a derelict building. He is a Coffin Joe type person spouting out pretentious nonsense the whole film and trying to corrupt the two into doing very lewd things. And he succeeds. I have been debating for the past week on whether or not to write about We Are The Flesh. I hesitated for fear of drawing attention towards it. However, some of the larger horror websites have wrote glowing or semi-positive reviews of the film. The damage is done, all I can do is give another opinion.

3This is less of a review and more of a warning of all that is wrong with this movie. Not a warning in the sense that “this movie is too shocking”, or that “this movie will scar you for life”, but more like “this movie is like an emo kid cutting himself for attention and thinking he’s edgy, it’s best to walk away and hope time will mature him”.

There were several warning signs from the opening that this wasn’t going to be a good film. The first ten minutes or so is “crazy man” banging on a drum. After five minutes of this, I thought about turning the film off but held out hope/honestly had nothing better to do at the time. The siblings eventually join the plot, asking for shelter. The film began to form a plot. The crazy guy does a good job manipulating the two. He starts planting seeds to try to corrupt the two into committing acts of incest.  Not long after, the brother and sister are talked into having sex at the behest of the crazy man.

We-are-the-Flesh-2016-movie-Emiliano-Rocha-Minter-4At about the half hour mark, We Are the Flesh turns into a pornographic film in order to “shock” the audience. The problem with this gambit is that it’s 2017 and this isn’t anything we haven’t seen before. If I wanted to watch a woman perform fellatio, there are other outlets for doing so. This scene goes on for a while, in order to “push boundaries”.

I stuck it out with We Are the Flesh hoping for some horror movie moments at some point. Instead, I was treated to a scene of the sister dripping her menstrual blood into her brother’s mouth. This is where I gave serious consideration to cutting the movie off. It wasn’t the scene that bothered me, it was more the fact the film was trying to be shocking for the sake of it without having the ability to pull any shock value off, or even having anything worth saying.

Shortly afterwards, We Are the Flesh finally pushed my patience past it’s limitations with a minutes long close-up of the lead characters genitals. There is no need for it, it adds nothing to the plot, and is a very pedestrian way of trying to add a confrontational edge to the film.

And this is where I cut the film off.

film_wearetheflesh-1024x683Director/Writer Emiliano Rocha Minter has said We Are the Flesh is a reactionary film to the violence plaguing his home country of Mexico. I agree with him that the situation is Mexico is one worth speaking out on, but staring at peoples genitals isn’t the best way to solve the problem. It doesn’t help the guy playing the crazy man (actor Noe Hernandez) comes across more like a sleazy gas station owner who’d touch your hand while giving change more than someone in the grips of madness.

I hate to just rag on films, it’s not what this site is about. There are plenty of other critical voices of films on-line, and so I’ll conclude by saying We Are the Flesh has a certain visual style, and would have kept me watching if it wasn’t trying to be shocking the whole time. There is an otherworldly feel to We Are the Flesh that is strangely captivating.

Had Minter focused on the atmosphere and story, and less on being “shocking”, I may have liked We Are The Flesh. There is a definite sense of great potential, especially for this being a first feature from Mr. Minter. Plenty of other critics loved We Are the Flesh, so check out the film for yourself, maybe you’ll find something worth while, or extrapolate some deep meaning from watching a homeless man masturbate.


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