The Tenderest Part of the Human is the Butt
It’s a fact. Or maybe it isn’t, but I think some of the characters in Óscar Rojo’s Omnivores (2013) firmly believe it to be true. One day I’ll find out for myself, though most likely I’ll end up eating my own since I’m not yet willing to kill anybody to satisfy my curiosity. Not yet.
Food critic Marcos Vela (Mario de la Rosa, Brutal Box, Combustion) is approached by an editor to research a popular new trend that has finally come to Spain: clandestine restaurants. As he discovers a few around town, he stumbles upon one that might actually serve human flesh. Soon enough, he receives an invitation to dine on the most dangerous game of all. But will he be able to go through with it?
Most horror films that deal with cannibalism push the envelope in regards to the depiction of gore and violence. Once in a while, a more subtle approach is taken and the results can be just as horrific. Omnivores takes a modern trend and adds the right amount of subtle horror to spice things up. It’s violent though the moments where the “chef” prepares the meat do feel a little clinical. Gruesome for sure, but detached in how he treats his victims. He’s meticulous, which is probably why people are willing to pay top dollar for the best cuts. Like the butt.
Foodies can be annoying. These foodies take it to a whole other level. If you don’t mind a dollop of pretension with a dash of cannibalistic intent, be sure to add Omnivores to your queue. But don’t blame me if it makes you want to eat someone you know. Recommended.
Availability: Netflix US, Netflix Canada.