We Need to Do Something (2021) Movie Review ‘Tension Riddled Movie Waiting to Explode’

We Need to Do Something – Tension Riddled Movie Waiting to Explode

 

Director: Sean King O’Grady

Writer: Max Booth III (Screenplay)

Starring: Sierra McCormick, Vinessa Shaw, Pat Healy, Lisette Alexis, John James Cronin

Plot: After Melissa and her family seek shelter from a storm, they become trapped. With no sign of rescue, Melissa comes to realize that she and her girlfriend Amy might have something to do with the horrors that threaten her family.

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: We Need to Do Something starts when a storm forces a family, Robert (Healy), Diane (Shaw), Melissa (McCormick) and Bobby (Cronin) into their bathroom to see out the storm, when it rages on, the family find themselves trapped in their bathroom, without food, needing to figure out how to escape the room.

As the time passes by, they don’t see help coming, with them needing to fight against nature and other problems waiting for them, can they hold it together to make it out alive, or will they panic cause more problems.

Thoughts on We Need to Do Something

Characters & Performances – Melissa is the teenage daughter of the family trapped in the bathroom, she is the only character that has flashbacks to her life before the storm, with her girlfriend, she has become reliant on her phone, which in this situation has become obsolete, but it is her flashbacks, which will have a bigger impact on her character through the entrapment. Sierra McCormick is the one that gets more to work with her, as her character must deal with a lot more before getting trapped, which the rest don’t get to do much with. Robert and Diane are the parents that spend time arguing while protecting the children, which will see the darker side of their decision-making process coming to life. Vinessa Shaw and Pay Healy do play their roles well, with Healy bring the much-needed darker figure into the situation the family find themselves in.

StoryThe story here follows a family that find themselves trapped in their bathroom after a storm, leading to them needing to figure out how to survive, get the attention of someone else and hold everything together. What starts out like something that could be considered a routine survival styled story, takes a dramatic turn once we dive into the flashbacks of Melissa’s life. This story might have some strange decisions going on, which will leave you scratching your head, but once you overlook them, we are thrown into something that is massively hiding plenty of the bigger picture, making you want to see more, but knowing if you did see everything, you would be disappointed. This is a smart enough movie that will know the perfect amount to give the audience.

ThemesWe Need to Do Something is a horror that will see a family trapped in a bathroom after a storm, where they must deal with the own relationship, while not knowing what has happened outside. This is a film that will give us plenty of horror, with the mix between what is happening and what could be happening. The single location does play into the main tension in the film, despite it being a luxury sized bathroom.

Final Thoughts We Need to Do Something is a movie that will keep you wanting more, without making you feel like you haven’t got enough.

ABC Film Challenge – Horror – Q – Quatermass and the Pit (1967) Movie Rob’s Pick

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“The will to survive… it’s an odd phenomenon. Roney, if we found out earth was doomed – say, by climatic changes – what would we do about it?” – Professor Bernard Quatermass

“Nothing. Just go on squabbling as usual.” – Dr. Mathew Roney

Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 Oct 2021)

Brief Synopsis – After a few skeletons are found near the London subway system, a professor and scientist are brought in to try and discover how they got there.

My Take on it – As someone quite averse to horror films, I decided to take on the challenge of finding one for the Letter Q and lo and behold, I came across a Hammer film that fit that quest.

The fact that this film starred James Donald – who I loved in both The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and in The Great Escape (1963) was an added bonus.

The story is actually quite interesting even if the production and effects are quite primitive throughout.

I liked the overall premise which still seems to remain relevant today, nearly 55 years after it was made.

The film asks some great philosophical questions that still need to be answered and that adds even more to the way that this kind of story is to be grasped.

The acting is sub-par in general and many of the characters deliver very wooden dialogue, but they still manage to get the point across.

The special effects are quite weak and silly looking, but that is usually what one can expect from a Hammer film.

In addition to this film featuring Donald, I also loved seeing Julian Glover in a pivotal role even though it isn’t as powerful in my mind as his roles in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) or in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (1989).

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – A Sony CV-2000B Videocorder – a very early and primitive form of videotape recorder – is on display during the sequences in which the Martian race memory is both recorded and later played back to the skeptical military. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

ABC Film Challenge – Horror – Q – The Wretched (2019) Movie Review

This is under Q because of actress Gabriela Quezada Bloomgarden.

Director: Brett Pierce, Drew T Pierce

Writer: Brett Pierce, Drew T Pierce (Screenplay)

Starring: John-Paul Howard, Piper Curda, Jamison Jones, Azie Tesfai, Zarah Mahler, Kevin Bigley, Gabriela Quezada Bloomgarden

Plot: A defiant teenage boy, struggling with his parents’ imminent divorce, faces off with a thousand year-old witch, who is living beneath the skin of and posing as the woman next door.


Tagline – Something wicked wants inside.

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Wretched starts as Ben (Howard) and his father Liam (Jones) are living together after the divorce, which will see Ben looking over the neighbours, noticing something isn’t right, with the son Dillon who seems to be spooked by something in his house.

When the neighbour continues to act weird Ben continues to watch over the family only to learn there is a much more sinister creature living next door, looking for victims.

Thoughts on The Wretched

Characters & Performances – Ben is a teenager who has been struggle with his parent’s divorce, he is getting used to his new life but soon starts to find himself noticing strange things in the neighbours and starts to try to learn the truth about what is happening, nobody wants to listen to anything he is saying and he must prove what is going on alone. John-Paul Howard does give us a role that we are used to seeing a female character take more often than not. Mallory is the new love interest for Ben who has been getting to know Ben and showing around town, she is one of the few that will help Ben looking into everything, only she isn’t completely behind his ideas. Piper Curda does give this character a bigger impact than the script would like to. Abbie is the neighbour who starts acting strange, she either lurks or gets right into someone face, using the change she is going through to give everything about her a much more sinister nature, one which would make you fear being around her. Zarah Mahler gives this character the fear factor we need, never looking like an everyday neighbour, as we often see her through the eyes of Ben. We do meet other characters including Ben’s father who is trying to move on with his life, but believes Ben is playing up to stop that and the other potential victims of what is going on.

StoryThe story follows a teenager that starts to believe something strange is happening in his neighbour’s home, which will lead him to investigate, only for him to learn the shocking truth about what is going in the house. This does have the core story of rather generic characters, but where this story truly stands out, is where the evil goes, seeing what they are up to in this world, will leave you shocked. It is nice to see a horror that doesn’t hold back and doesn’t give us a true answer to everything going on, waiting for us to see everything unfold. The story does dive into a myth and legend, which only adds depth to everything involved with the evil we see.

ThemesThe Wretched isn’t afraid to bring the horror, with tension and blood curdling moments, the evil is always sinister and is slowly being revealed to us, like it is to Ben. The locations used in the film will include the home, which isn’t as safe as you would like it to be, along with the forest which has eviler than anyone could have imagined in it.

The Wretched is a horror with great scares, creations despite the two dimensional characters holding things back.

Trailer Alert – Horror Noire – Coming to Shudder

Showcasing stories of Black horror from Black directors and screenwriters, Horror Noire features six stories presented together as a two-hour film starring Lesley-Ann Brandt (Lucifer, Spartacus), Luke James (The Chi, Thoughts of a Colored Man), Erica Ash (Survivor’s Remorse, A Black Lady Sketch Show), Brandon Mychal Smith (Four Weddings and a Funeral, You’re the Worst), Sean Patrick Thomas (Macbeth, The Curse of La Llorona), Peter Stormare (American Gods, Fargo), Malcolm Barrett (Genius: Aretha Franklin, Timeless), Tony Todd (Candyman, Night of the Living Dead), and Rachel True (The Craft, Half & Half), among others.