We Need to Do Something
Some of the best modern day horror films I've seen take bits and pieces of the genre and mash them together to make one big Frankenstein of a flick that's filled with so much goodness. Director Sean King O'Grady recently released a brand new film entitled WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING which honestly may have become my favorite movie of the year overnight. The film is based on a novella of the same name written by Max Booth III, and it's a film that takes a little bit of slow burn, a little bit of supernatural, a little bit of a fucked home family setting and a whole lot of one room horror. O'Grady took all of these elements and put them into a giant pot and handcrafted one of the most unsettling, ominous, hilariously messed up mindfucky movies of the last decade - and I simply did not want it to end! As the movie begins its twisted descent into subtle chaos and maddening depravity, I found myself so insanely engulfed in each scene that I couldn't pause the movie, not even for a split second. From the concept and amazing character creation to the mind-numbing twists and chaotic turns, We Need To Do Something has instantly become my new obsession; and a good part of what makes it so good isn't even shown on screen. Yeah, it's one of those movies - and it's done so exquisitely well that I'm dying for my friends to watch this already so we can gush over it. O'Grady created one hell of a monster with this one, and if there's one thing I can suggest this upcoming Halloween season it's to spend the couple of bucks to give this movie a shot. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll puke, and you'll be so fucking glued to your screen in anticipation that you won't even feel how hard your heart is beating out of your chest as this poor family is put through the ringer... all within the walls of their bathroom. Do. not. pass. this. up! (Reader's Beware: this review contains light spoilers so please proceed with caution!)
We Need To Do Something follows a family of four as they hunker down in their six inch thick walled bathroom as a possible tornado begins to pass over them. They come equipped with board games and blankets, ready to ride out the storm and then get back to their lives. The only problem with their plan is that it all backfires as a tree is displaced right into the front of the only doorway to the bathroom, and now they can't get out. No matter how much pushing and bashing and squeezing they try to do, nothing seems to move the door even the slightest; the first little moments of panic. What unfolds over the course of the films hour and forty minute runtime is little thing after little thing after litting thing that snowballs into complete and utter subtle pandemonium. As the days begin to slowly pass and the family of four are trapped inside the walls of their bathroom with no food, no cell phone service and no way out, family secrets slowly come out that can only really do one of two things: make or break the family in their most dire of times. Will the family ever make it out of the bathroom, or are they doomed to death?! What's going on in the world outside of the bathroom walls - why hasn't anyone come yet?! Find out in... WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING!
Unfortunately, without divulging too many of the movies secrets the film sounds kinda lame, right? Alright, so the family is trapped in the bathroom, big whoop. But allow me to reassure you that the film has so much depth to it that the bathroom walls simply cannot contain it. One of my favorite things about this movie is how out of fucking nowhere the horror hits you; one second I'm laughing and literally the next, I'm sat in such shock that my mouth physically dropped... and from there, things only take a turn for the worse. The twists are slow burn and there's not a lot of high action, but take my word for it that none of that matters once this film really gets going. It's been a minute since I've had this much fun with a horror like this, and it's the unexpectedness, uncertainty and anticipation that just gets to you after the movie really gets going. Like I said before, I couldn't get enough of it and couldn't take my eyes off the screen for a second.
The film only introduces you to five people and one room the entire duration. Parents Robert (Pat Healy) and Diane (Vinessa Shaw) are trapped inside the bathroom with their teenage daughter Melissa (Sierra McCormick) and her kid brother Bobby (John James Cronin). The movie definitely sets its focus mainly on Melissa and her side-story leading up to the events that go down, but in all honesty the movie does a really great job at giving every character plenty of on screen time which, in turn, allows for excellent character development and let's you kinda get into each person's head a bit. The fifth character that makes it onto the screen is Amy (Lisette Alexis) - a troubled classmate of Melissa's who ends up becoming her lover. The two of them go down a pretty dark road together, and the flashbacks to Amy are really the only non-main storyline scenes in the film; everything else you see, happens right there in the confines of the bathroom. And each character is just seriously so good; my favorite being Robert, the dad. He reminds me - numerous times - of The Old Man from A Christmas Story, with his wise-ass remarks and behavior; I can't quite nail it exactly but it felt like everything he as on screen I saw so much of the dad from that movie. The character is so over this shit almost immediately and his sanity dwindles just as quickly as his last bit of alcohol does. I think the character development for this movie is one of the most spot on in a movie I've seen in so, so long; everything each character does just feels so justified and "like them" even though you only know the character from within the walls of the bathroom (I really hope this makes sense, because it does in my head!). But Sierra McCormick's portrayal of Melissa absolutely takes the cake and everything from her lines to her facial expressions to her actions are so perfect; she definitely steals the show. But major props to whoever casted this one because it feels like they hit it right out of the park.
The film leaves so much uncertainty and lacks so much clarity; this is an important warning I feel many people should know upfront. If you cannot handle a film that leaves a lot open and doesn't really elaborate on its ending, you're going to criticize this film harshly, there's no way around it. But for me, I think the uncertainness and uncomfortableness the film fills you with is, without a doubt, one of the strong points of the movie and what makes it so great. I don't mind movies that go at a slower pace, substitutes action for shocks and a "proper ending" for uncertainty. I think the way Booth and O'Grady handled the overall story was flawless and it has an ending that couldn't be any more appropriate for the story you see unfold before your eyes. I love that its a movie where viewers can sit back after the credits begin to roll and go, "what the fuck did I just watch?" and have an hour long discussion about the ending. If you and your friends are the type of people to appreciate that too, don't hesitate any longer on We Need To Do Something, because the madness that goes down when the family of four are locked in the bathroom together is an absolute fucking rollercoaster. A rollercoaster with lots of tongues. Check this one out!!