The apocalypse is HUGE. I am not sure what started this resurgence but shows like The Walking Dead, The 100 and Falling Skies and movies like Snowpiercer, World War Z, and Mad Max Fury Road have kept the genre alive and well. There have been a slew of great indie movies lately as well; a few great ones to check out would be These Final Hours, Goodbye World and Into the Forest. Another great one, out this month, What We Become, is from Denmark and is highly recommended to check out.
Gustav (Benjamin Engell) and his family are your typical family in the neighborhood of Sorgenfri in Denmark. Gustav even has a bit of a crush on the new girl that moved in next door. But when a mysterious virus spreads into town and the military puts everyone under quarantine, Gustav suspects all is not as it seems. When the troops start exterminating families Gustav and his family must find a way to escape the quarantine zone and face the unknown elements outside not even knowing if they face even more danger there.
What We Become doesn’t necessarily break new ground; most of the goings-on are things we have seen before. But how it executes the familiar story is what makes it stand out. Great writing, an excellent cast, authentic looking production design, and solid direction all make What We Become better than your typical apocalyptic zombie fare. Benjamin Engell is a very strong lead and writer/director Bo Mikkelsen does an admirable job of crafting a tense and engaging survival tale that is part family drama, part action horror. What We Become is definitely worth checking out for fans of the genre in particular.