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What We Become is a 2016 Danish horror movie centered on an average family living in the idyllic suburb of Sorgenfri at the cusp of a zombie apocolypse.

What We Become contains examples of:

  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Dino, upon witnessing the deaths of his wife and young daughter, and aware that the house is being overrun, turns the rifle on himself.
  • Bungled Suicide: Dino turns his gun on himself, only to find it out of bullets.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The box of fireworks Gustav keeps in his room. He's seen setting them off in a fit of boredom during the month-long quarantine, and uses them in the climax to distract the zombie horde so he and Sonja can escape.
    • Also, the zombies' fascination with light is introduced early in the film and, combined with said fireworks, facilitates the escape.
  • Coitus Interruptus: Gustav's mother interrupts him and Sonja to go looking for the missing Maj.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: See Bungled Suicide.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Maj dies cradled in her mother's arms. Unfortunately, she resurrects there as well, and immediately kills her mother.
    • Inverted with Sonja's mother, who died sometime in the night cradling Sonja.
  • Downer Ending: Everyone but Gustav and Sonja are dead, and it's implied the whole world fared no better than their neighborhood did.
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  • Eat the Dog: The fate of Maj's pet rabbit Ninus.
  • Eye Scream: Sonja stabs her zombie mother in the eye repeatedly to finally put it down, showed clearly on screen.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted - when Gustav and his mother are exploring an abandoned house, the decomposing remains of a baby in a crib can be partially seen, surrounded by swarming flies. Additionally, a bloody stuffed animal can be seen in the car seat of an abandoned and bullet-riddled vehicle.
    • Averted a second time with Maj.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: While investigating the so-called field hospital, Gustav witnesses the guards killing the infected. Unaware that they are zombies, Gustav attempts to save people by letting them free from the trucks they were being transported in, causing the base to be overrun and all hell to break loose in the neighborhood.
  • Not a Zombie: Gustav mistakes zombies for sick people from a distance. Later, Maj doesn't realize something is wrong with their old lady neighbor until it's too late.
  • Not Using the "Z" Word
  • Spoiler Cover: The cover gives away Maj's death and zombification.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Though the action is focused on a small neighborhood, it is implied to be happening everywhere.
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  • Zombie Advocate: Maj's mother refuses to let her husband Dino perform a headshot after Maj is bitten.
  • Zombie Infectee: Sonja's mother

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