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What we do next (2022) Movie Review

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What we do next time is a fantastic movie.

There is a reverence for structure in the current film industry that requires formulas present in mainstream productions and in indie cinema, it is also common. What we do next time is not like any other movie. It certainly changes the shape of the genre we expect, but it does not shy away from staying on track. Author / director Stephen Belber makes sure his story is not confused with anything else: this is not just a film about justice. It is also a film about a simple action that turns into an act when it exceeds the limits of your control.

The most recognizable feature that will allow viewers to see What we do next time as another kind of experience is that it does not try to be anything other than what it actually is.

A film consisting of seven scenes that ultimately runs like a play. You will only have seven chances to diagnose a set of characters that do not follow a particular agenda. They are products of something you cannot see and you are forced to watch them overcome a problem that is far out of their reach. Belber forces the seven acts to be in one setting. No distractions that make us wander and look up for a reason that might justify the dubious actions of its characters.

I do not want to share much of what is happening. What we do next time starts with a simple advice. Sandy asks a young Elsa to protect herself from an abusive father. She takes it “too far”. Years later, after Elsa has been released from prison for killing her father, Sandy is in doubt as to whether her past will come back and haunt her as she is now in politics.

Again, this is what you need to know to get into the drama thriller that ends up being What we do next time, a reflection of a simple set of words that make lawyer something much more relevant in criminal justice. You will find yourself thinking over and over again about some things you may have said in your past. Think for a minute about the last movie that made you do that.

What we do next time is a composition of performances in a set of scenes showing the progression (or doom) of characters sinking deep into a sea of ​​nuances that can be deadly in the world of politics. But as the protagonist shows in his last scene, there are moments in your life where what you thought was important is a blurred image that never becomes clear because of something you have no control over.

Karen Pittman plays Sandy James, the politician who climbs to a great place. Pittman dominates every piece of the script as her character goes above the average performance guided by a set of instructions written on paper. The figure in the middle of What we do next time revealed in seven phases that require a different consideration each. The actress commits herself in each of these stages, even when they require a certain level of maturity and even self-righteousness. Her expression is sharp in all phases of that progression. It’s easy to believe Sandy James from start to finish, considering the film only runs for 77 minutes.

And then we have Michelle Veintimilla as Elsa. An already exploded time bomb, whose trauma and its result nourish the backbone of the film and make it possible to ask the important questions. Veintimilla is a dramatic blow that makes any scene an opportunity to discuss the realism of the situation and not necessarily Alsace. It’s not like Elsa’s story is the story of a million women going through the same thing. It is that Veintimilla is strong enough as a performer to make us believe that this is happening in real life.

The balance between the two is Corey Stoll in the role of a lawyer who is forced to look when a debacle is near. The actor shows again why drama is his best fit. His bio-appearance is the one closest to the viewer. The presence of the character is essential as the objective figure in the midst of a moral catastrophe that can turn into something worse if control is not restored soon.

A funny word. Control. Sandy and Paul, the lawyer, seem to be the ones most likely to have control of the situation. But What we do next time is a story that proves that sometimes it’s not in your hands. Or maybe it is, but in this case, be careful what you say.

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