Directed via Sean King O’Grady and written via Max Sales space III (who additionally wrote the novella on which the movie is based totally), “We Need to Do Something” starts with an infectious aggregate of the mundane and the menacing during the easy depiction of a circle of relatives of 4 hunkering down of their rest room to wait out a coming typhoon. Everybody’s on edge for their very own causes as they shut the door and settle in at the tile ground. Father Robert (Pat Healy) and mom Melissa (Vinessa Shaw) are reputedly nonetheless mid-argument about one thing they could not settle prior to the typhoon sirens began going off, whilst youngest kid Bobby (John Marcel Cronin) is extra involved in simply how giant and impressive the oncoming typhoon would possibly get. Then there may be teenage daughter Melissa (Sierra McCormick), who is way more preoccupied with the well-being of her female friend Amy (Lisette Alexis) than she is with the rest having to do along with her precise circle of relatives.
Then the typhoon units in, and the circle of relatives in finding themselves coping with a lot more than inner stress. With a large tree abruptly blocking off the toilet door, they are able to’t get out, and they are able to’t appear to have the ability to name for assist both. With nobody to flip to however every different, every member of the circle of relatives starts to damage down in their very own method, at the same time as the sector out of doors the toilet would possibly dangle one thing some distance darker than the aftermath of a typhoon, one thing Melissa is more and more satisfied she would possibly have inadvertently summoned…
That is so much to layer into the outlet act of the movie, and what is obvious in an instant is how affected person and measured O’Grady is in his pacing. There is something very methodical to this movie’s opening mins, to the techniques by which O’Grady’s possible choices and Sales space’s scripting arrange the items like they are all a part of some demented cosmic chessboard. It starts with a tantalizing, extremely transient glimpse of the sector past the toilet partitions, then progresses to layering within the inner stress between the members of the family, then begins to trace at one thing darker, one thing stranger, simply past the toilet partitions. By the point the primary act is over, you are hooked, since you’re simply as mystified and terrified about what is out of doors that toilet door because the characters are.
However the actual key to the luck of “We Need to Do Something” is not only its skill to maintain the sense of anxiety and thriller inside of the toilet, however its skill to push past the ones preliminary moments of worry and panic and right into a deeper, darker more or less worry. Via artfully designed and well-placed flashbacks, we be informed what Melissa and Amy had been doing within the lead-up to the typhoon, how their fates intertwined, and what their possible choices would possibly have to do with the whole thing occurring, whether or not that is all in Melissa’s head or no longer. This aspect of the tale, pushed via improbable performances from McCormick and Alexis, pushes the movie past apocalyptic horror and into earnest, virtually mystical coming-of-age territory, as Melissa works to uncover no longer simply what she would possibly have accomplished, however why. When you find yourself a young person, the whole thing can really feel like the tip of the sector, whether or not it is a unhealthy grade or a excellent kiss, and “We Need to Do Something” raises the stakes of its intricate, intimate storytelling via by no means dropping sight of that truth.