Go is basically a story of a drug deal gone horribly wrong, a road trip gone horribly wrong and a drug bust gone horribly wrong
Lately, there are a lot of movies that try to tell a story out of the sequence of time. This has long been a technique used in Hollywood, mostly through the use of flashbacks. Then came Quentin Tarantino with Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. Soon, there was a new crop of films using disoriented chronological sequencing. Go, the sophomore film of director/writer Doug Liman has joined this new genre. It is basically a story of a drug deal gone horribly wrong, a road trip gone horribly wrong and a drug bust gone horribly wrong. The danger here is for the movie to go horribly wrong, fortunately, Go maintains interest throughout the telling of its three tales of woe. Here, Liman’s direction has a lot to do with the movie pulling it off. He alters the pace to hold your interest, mind boggling fast in spots and dramatically slower in others. Its like a roller coaster ride were you slow down near the peak only to plummet down at break neck speed.
Next, the characters were well cast even though the casting was done from other hit movies and teen targeted TV shows. First, there is Sarah Polley as Ronna Martin, a young woman working for a supermarket as a cashier. She is short on her rent and about to be evicted. Ronna has been pulling double shifts and is still coming up short. Apparently to her rescue is Simon, (Desmond Askew) a British block that works with Ronna and sometimes low level dealer. Simon is desperate to go off to Las Vegas with his ‘mates’ and wants Ronna to take his shift. After Simon offers to front her the money for his shift Ronna reluctantly agrees. During the shift two TV soap stars are checking out of the supermarket and ask Ronna if she knows where they can score some ecstasy. She agrees to get them some and met with them later. Since Simon was her normal dealer Ronna decides to go over his head to his dealer, Todd (Timothy Olyphant). Ronna brings two friends along, Claire (Dawson’s Creak, Katie Holms) and Mannie (Nathan Bexton). Coming up short for the price, Ronna leaves Claire as collateral. She goes to the soap stars place only to find herself in the middle of a police sting. Ronna gets out only after flushing the drugs down the toilet. Stuck with no money and no drugs she shoplifts a bunch of cold remedies to sell as drugs at a rave. (no morality play here, just a bunch of law breakers) Ronna winds up being chased by the drug dealer after he realizes she ripped him off and after a bit of a shock to the audience, this segment ends.
The next segment deals with Simon on his ill-fated trip to Las Vegas. Again, a bad situation is made worse and after a bit of misadventure, they leave to go back to LA. The last segment deals with the two soap stars and how they got involved with trying to save themselves by becoming part of a police drug sting. In all, the segments are very much like a youth oriented Tarantino movie. All the characters are strangely both very flawed and almost likable. The action keeps moving and does hold your interest. It will be very interesting to see how Liman progresses as a director.
The DVD itself was well constructed. Also there is an excellent director’s commentary (something I would wish more movies like this would include). Added to this are some very good additions. There are a good number of deleted scenes, mostly early renditions of scenes included in the movie. This gives the scenes a blooper like quality and really does not add to understanding the process the director employed in creating the movie. There are also three music videos included and they are a treat. One is by No Doubt performing New, another is Len’s summer hit, If you steal my sunshine and the last features Magic Carpet by Steppenwolf. Unfortunately, as with most added music videos, the sound is left in Prologic and has not been remixed to Dolby 5.1. I look forward to when the makers of DVDs will take this extra step so the added videos can sound as good as the movie soundtrack. The picture transfers is without flaw and clear even in the darkest scenes. The audio is usually well done except for the scenes in the rave. Here, the sub woofer gets a bit too much of a workout. It pounds at volumes realistic for a rave but under home theater conditions will have you reaching for the remote to lower the volume. It also makes the dialogue completely non-understandable. You may want to hit the subtitle button to follow what is going on. After his freshman effort of Swinger, Go shows that Liman has some potential as a director. Get Go (and Swingers) and start following this director’s career.Review by Doug MacLean of hometheaterinfo.com
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