A family of four is quarantined in their home as a virulent strand of the flu spreads into town and they are forced to the extreme to escape alive.


In a cloistered community in Denmark, an entire neighborhood is quarantined when a convalescent hospital begins experiencing some kind of contagion, and one family that lives down the road is forced to stay within their home as the military takes over the town. Their neighbors go through the same thing, and over the course of a week or so, they’re given slim rations and water to get by, but when the news suddenly stops broadcasting and the electricity goes out, the family is forced to go through some desperate measures to find out what’s going on outside. The teenaged son, Gustav (Benjamin Engell) ventures out after dark and soon find out the horrifying truth: The military is slaughtering groups of people at the hospital and dumping them in massive containers, and other people are being held in huge trucks, but when Gustav unlocks one of the trucks, he inadvertently unleashes what is contained within: zombies. With a horde of zombies let loose in his neighborhood, the military evacuates, leaving him and his family and their neighbors to their own devices. One of their neighbors is a cute teen girl named Sonja (Marie Hammer Boda), whose mother is infected, and another neighbor is a bit of a hunter, equipped with a high powered rifle, which comes in handy when the whole neighborhood becomes a feeding frenzy for the zombies. As the family and their neighbors try to make their escape, they realize that the zombie apocalypse is all encompassing.

Apparently the first zombie apocalypse movie from Denmark, What We Become is a little light on the bone at only 80 minutes with opening and closing titles, but at least it’s sincere and deadly serious. It doesn’t bite off more than it can chew, but it’s absolutely nothing we haven’t seen before, and done much better elsewhere. It’s adequate, but not especially interesting. Written and directed by Bo Miklesen.


What We Become is currently available VOD from IFC Midnight.


About the Author

david j. moore
david j. moore is the author of World Gone Wild: A Survivor's Guide to Post-Apocalyptic Movies and the upcoming book The Good, the Tough and the Deadly: Action Movies and Stars, coming April, 2016 from Schiffer Publishing.