We Are the Flesh isn't a movie that you can really review in a traditional way, as it's not even really a traditional movie; it plays more like a surreal, abstract fever dream that offers equal doses of social commentary and exploitation. People are going to take away different things after watching it, and they're going to love it and hate it in equal measure.
I recently watched a German flick called Wetlands (it's on Netflix, if you're interested), and I was shocked at how fucked up and graphic it was. Well, We Are the Flesh may have just upped the ante in the WTF Sub-Genre.
And from there, things get even crazier and weird, to the point where I'm not sure what even happened.
It sure was something to see though.
We get a crazy old man who seems to be some sort of Post-Apocalyptic messiah, making drugs from chicken parts and chemicals; banging a snare drum like a maniac; and forcing a brother and sister to do all sorts of deplorable things while preaching all kinds of insane mumbo jumbo about the evils of society and the pleasures of the flesh, the pinnacle of which has to be the scene where he jerks off while watching the two of them have sex.
I'm pretty sure that the character exists to provide, we, the audience, with some scathing commentary about the social injustices of modern day life in Mexico.
|IT'S A VISUALLY BOLD MOVIE.|
I'm pretty sure that her character was meant to show how easily young people are lead astray, or maybe how they have no morals and are destroying themselves with excess or something.
|ARE THERE NO BATHROOMS IN MEXICO?|
And the ending -and I mean the very end, after the homeless gang bang (that's called a Soup Kitchen here in the U.S.)- well it puts a whole new spin on the entire thing.
|LUCIO GENTLY WEEPS INSIDE OF THE GIGANTIC NEON VAGINA|
|EASY, CONYO, YOU'RE ABOUT TO SERVE THE GREATER GOOD.|
|FAMILIA POR SIEMPRE.|
This is a stark and graphic movie, and it was interesting to see something so shocking and artistic, I just don't know if it was much else other than shocking. It sure hasn't left my mind in two days though, so that's saying something. I guess our middle-of-the-road grade directly reflects our indecision.
If you like messed up, graphic movies that "go there," then this might be the best Blu-ray you've ever come across. We give it a
Maybe don't bring it to family movie night though.
We Are the Flesh is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.
Maria Evoli is as brave as she is beautiful.