“What We Become” (2016) is a competent, serviceable Danish horror film that nevertheless could have been better. (The film’s original title was “Sorgenfri.”) It’s capably written, nicely filmed, and well performed by its actors, and there is genuine suspense once its zombies are allowed to run amok.
The trouble is, that takes far too long. Like America’s “Viral” (2016), this is a zombie movie that spends so much effort on its setup that there is little time left for enough payoff.
This is another thoughtful apocalyptic monster movie that pays a great deal of attention to the media and military response to the emerging crisis. (And it’s creepily effective the way this is told exclusively from the point of view of a Danish suburb’s residents.) It will hold your attention as a kind of “slow burn” horror film — it reminded me a little of the first season of AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead.” Ultimately, however, the zombies get too little screen time. And that’s a shame, because what we do see as a horrifying, tragic climax is actually very well executed.
Overall, I’d rate this a 7 out of 10.