Omnivores

3.6 Overall Score
Acting: 3/10
Suspense: 6/10
Story: 2/10

Good moments of tension.

Bad acting, and poor writing.

Omnivores (2013)

Written and Directed By: Oscar Rojo

Angel Acero, Fernando Albizu, Carina Bjorne, Mario de la Rosa

 

The first twenty minutes of a film are crucial. They can establish characters, themes, and setup the audience for the remainder of the film. So I had a difficult time getting past the ridiculous opening scene of this film.

Our story opens in the past, where we meet a young Dimas in a one room cabin with his bed ridden, dying mother. Dimas is hungry, and like any other child would, repeatedly tells his mother this. She suggests he walk to town for food, and then she dies. We then see a man with a freshly killed pheasant walking down a road. He reaches the cabin and finds young Dimas, face covered with blood. Dimas, in all his hunger, has eaten parts of his mother’s corpse. The two bury her, and we cut to present day where we meat Marcos Vela (de la Rosa) a writer who accepts an assignment to uncover clandestine eateries. Vela meets interesting characters throughout and furthers his investigation to find a supposed eatery, run by a now much older Dimas (Albizu), where the elite gather to consume human flesh.

Unfortunately Omnivores is riddled with unexplained story elements (how does a poor young cannibal become part of the elite social class), and an epidemic of terrible acting. For such a brief running time, clocking in at 84 minutes, Rojo could have very well taken the time to explain some of these things. The time table for the opening scene for example was unclear, and looks more like it happened over the course of an afternoon. Dimas’ butcher, the man responsible for kidnapping and killing the people they will serve their guests, was portrayed as slow or mentally unstable, but there is no backstory given for this character. In an already slow paced film, taking the extra time to explain story elements better would not have altered the pacing in the slightest and possibly made the film more interesting.

There are certainly themes at work in this film. The elite with all their money can get away with doing things of this nature. The rich literally devouring the poor… sure. These are so screamingly obvious though that one can’t help but not care. It has been done before, and certainly better than this.

The one positive thing that the film accomplishes is creating a mood through pacing. The movie is slow, but this adds to the intended anxiety and tension. There is very little gore employed in the film, something that also helped in the endeavor. The dinner table scenes at the cannibalistic eatery offer up some worthwhile moments of tension. Sadly though, this isn’t enough to make this a worthwhile movie. Implied gore can be more effective at setting a tone, but implied story doesn’t work at all.

 

 

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Dan Folgar received a degree in Cinema Studies from the University of Central Florida in 2008, and is currently working on an MFA in Fine Arts. He is an avid film watcher and an enthusiast who is prone to ranting. Follow on twitter @grim842.

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