Go

Go

92%
  • R, 1 hr. 43 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Doug Liman
    In Theaters:
    Apr 9, 1999 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 24, 1999
  • Columbia Pictures

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Go Reviews

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cosmo313
cosmo313

Super Reviewer

July 8, 2006
Acting as both cinematographer and director, this is Doug Liman's third film, and, out of all the films that came out during the mid-late 90s that took major influence (if not outright stole) from Quentin Tarantino, this is probably one of the best, especially since it actually manages to stand on its own.

Full of tons of style and energy, this is a wild and darkly funny romp that was one of the first film to really highlight the club drug ecstasy. What we get here are three interconnected stories that begin at a supermarket, take place over the course of 24 hours or so a few days before Christmas, and feature several employees at said supermarket, with a major thread linking them together being each person's role in/connection to a potentially fruitful drug deal.

The main players include two actors trying to keep out of trouble, a wily Brit who wants to live it up in Vegas, a desperate girl hard up for money, a cop with questionable morals, and a rather volatile drug dealer. We also get a gang of goofy friends, a supportive best friend on the verge of corruption, and a psycho club owner.

One of the many notable things about this film is the ensemble cast, many of whom are made up of then up-and-comers mostly known for TV work. Jay Mohr and Scott Wolf are the actors, Sarah Polley is the girl who needs money, Desmond Askew is the Brit, William Fichtner is the cop, and Timothy Olyphant is the dealer. Breckin Meyer and Taye Diggs are two of the goofball friends, Katie Holmes is the supportive bestie, J. E. Freeman is the club owner, and, oh yeah, Jane Krakowski is the cop's wife. There's even a literally seconds long appearance from a pre-fame Melissa McCarthy.


The acting is pretty good, and maybe better than you'd expect. The characters are colorful, most have some pretty good character arcs, and they're all a lot of fun to watch.

The film has several wild scenes of excess, debauchery, and the madness that sometimes comes with partying, and they're done well, and, unlike Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, get the point across without being so gloriously ugly and unpleasant, thanks to some good direction, camerawork, and editing. The soundtrack is also really good, and really helps bring the proceedings to thumping, pulse-pounding life.

All in all, this is a really good film. It seems fairly underrated to me, which is kind of unfortunate. It's not perfect, but I think it's decent enough and deserving of more attention.
LorenzoVonMatterhorn
LorenzoVonMatterhorn

Super Reviewer

July 6, 2012
"A weekend wasted is never a wasted weekend."

Told from three perspectives, a story of a bunch of young Californians trying to get some cash, do and deal some drugs, score money and sex in Las Vegas, and generally experience the rush of life.

REVIEW
"Go" tells three separate stories linked together by a drug deal gone wrong. One concerns a first-time dealer hoping to secure rent money, another concerns a group of pals on a road trip to Vegas and the last concerns a gay couple coerced into co-operating with a sting operation. The narrative approach is similar to films like "Pulp Fiction", wherein multiple story lines contain some common element(s) and intersect at times throughout the film. John August's script uses this approach well and manages to tell a story that is clever and unpredictable. The direction by Doug Liman is also well-handled and shows some inventiveness without being overindulgent.

Additionally, the soundtrack is skillfully assembled and fits the film's atmosphere perfectly. "Go" features a first rate cast of actors who ease nicely into their roles and slide into that fine balance between seriousness and humor that the screenplay establishes. In a similar way, the film itself glides fluidly between past and present, drawing, again like "Pulp Fiction" a giant narrative circumference around the action. It may take awhile for a viewer to capture the rhythms of the film, but, by sticking with it and following it along on its unorthodox course, that viewer will be handsomely rewarded.
Apeneck F

Super Reviewer

July 23, 2011
Three interconnected stories, comic misadventures if you will, told in lively fashion. I liked it.
Dan S

Super Reviewer

October 19, 2007
A fun but eventually tiring thriller/comedy concerning a drug deal gone bad and the individuals who get tied up in the mess. This movie wants to give polite tips of the hat to classics like "Rashomon", "Pulp Fiction", and "Run Lola Run", but eventually you get the sense that it is being so derivative to the point of being unoriginal. It does have a cool late 90's vibe to it and the acting is uniformly terrific (William Fichtner comes in out of nowhere and steals the show), but after the scene shifts from Vegas to the two gay actors, it kind of comes to a grinding halt. Still possibly worth a view, but if you want the ultimate messed-up crime comedy tying in assorted people, stick with "Pulp Fiction".
stevenecarrier
stevenecarrier

Super Reviewer

September 15, 2010
There are some colossally stupid characters running around "Go" and it makes for an extremely fun movie. The three interweaving stories are each funny, thrilling and engrossing. The film is memorably shot and directed by Doug Liman (who has yet to top this film). The cast is great all around with Sarah Polley, Desmond Askew, Katie Holmes, Jay Mohr and Scott Wolfe all turning in memorable work. "Go" is one of my favorite pop art films from the late 90s and a truly original film.
Dean !

Super Reviewer

March 27, 2007
A very recognizable cast in a little known film. This is a black comedy telling the events of a few people whose paths crossover the course of a chaotic weekend for all. Has some quite funny moments and is well done from 3 main points of view. Worth checking out if you liked 11:14 also worth seeing!
Conner R

Super Reviewer

January 23, 2010
Great movie with a great plot. The interconnecting stories worked really well and most of the characters are pretty unique and interesting. What I enjoyed about it most was the nonchalant attitude, it wasn't trying to be some giant end all, say all of movies. It's also a lot more fun than say Pulp Fiction because it doesn't keep grilling you with extremely long pop culture references.
Luke B

Super Reviewer

September 26, 2009
Go is Liman's frantic and fractured 3 stories in one tale of a simple drug tale, turning into comedic farce. It's a fast and furious watch, never letting you relax. It's essentially 3 short films. Of course, they interlink, characters cross over and questions are answered as we see the same events from different angles. The comedy is also of top-notch quality. Fichtner gives a wonderful performance as a slightly "off" cop, and the big reveal of his ulterior motive is a moment of classic comedy genius. It's pacing keeps the movie bright and interesting.
Anthony L

Super Reviewer

September 24, 2009
Love/hate this movie. It?s got its great moments and it?s got is awful moments too.
CloudStrife84
CloudStrife84

Super Reviewer

June 27, 2007
Slick, cool and cleverly directed! It sure wasn't easy getting a hold of, but now that I've seen it, I can gladly say this movie was worth the effort. The key to what makes it a good watch lies not within the plot per se, but the well-written characters and dialogue. It's entertaining in a way that black comedies seldom are. The only thing that made me scratch my head is how the director who made this and Swingers (a movie I like even more than this one), could also make something as craptastic and worthless as Jumper. I guess it's just one of those Hollywood mysteries that I'll never find a good answer to.
Martin B

Super Reviewer

February 15, 2008
In the wake of Pulp Fiction, many films tried to imitate the style of multiple intertwining storylines, to various degrees of success. Personally, I think this one fared best.

Directed by Doug Liman (Mr & Mrs Smith, Bourne Identity) and filled with entertaining performances by a large cast underrated actors, this is a film that went unnoticed by most people and deserves more attention.
Aaron N

Super Reviewer

June 18, 2006
Singh: Just so we're clear, you stole a car, shot a bouncer, and had sex with two women?

A little seen, ecstacy adventure/dark comedy. Plays like a twentysomethings version of Pulp Fiction. 3 stories each with a different flavor and different characters taking place within the same time span of 12 hours or so, followed by a wrap up of all the threads.

The first story is about Ronna, played by Sarah Polley. She goes through an ordeal involving drug deals in order to pay her rent and make it through Christmas. Things of course don't go as planned when conflict arises in the form of a shady dealer played by Timothy Olyphant.

The second story involves Simon, his friends, which include Taye Diggs and Breckyn Meyer, and their misadventures in Vegas. It is very much an exaggerated story involving sex, drugs, gunplay, and car chases.

The third story involves two actors, Jay Mohr and Scott Wolf, who were busted for possession and must now be a part of a sting to get themselves off the hook. Their story turns into a dark and strange sitcom of sorts, especially with scenes involving a law enforcer played creepily by William Fichtner.

This movie is a lot of fun. It is paced extremely well, with almost no moments of deadness.

Being about drugs for the most part, director Doug Liman has given the film almost the perspective of being in the midst of an ecstasy trip throughout.

Very enjoyable with some crisp editing, fun actors, and a hip soundtrack.

Tiny: Yo, I told you, my mother's mother's mother was black!
Marcus: Your mother's mother's mother, f*** - this ain't "Roots", mutha... Man, I wanna see a picture of this Nubian princess. If you were any less black, you would be clear.
Cindy I

Super Reviewer

May 21, 2007
Similar in construction to Citizen Kane, Rashomon, Run Lola Run, and Velvet Goldmine (whoda thunk all those films would have something in common!), this comedy about a grocery cashier doublecrossing a drug dealer is told from three different perspectives. Much more entertaining than it sounds, It's interesting how plot points that seem out of the blue make perfect sense when the next story is told. Stars Sarah Polley as the cashier, Katie Holmes as her buddy and Jay Morh (I know, but he's pretty good here) as an actor who is the instigator of the deal. I dare you to see this and not go "Huh. That was pretty cool" at the end of it.
Tim S

Super Reviewer

July 30, 2007
Sarah Polley and, I know, Timothy Olyphant are good in this hip, techno Pulp Fiction.
Ken S

Super Reviewer

April 19, 2007
Great early film from Doug Liman. Captures the late 90's late teen's x driven existential crisis
Stuart B

Super Reviewer

April 7, 2007
Nice film of overlapping stories about raves, drugs and a trip to vegas
Al S

Super Reviewer

December 13, 2006
An ultra-cool joyride. Plenty of fun. A stylish, hilarious, crafty and cunningly original comedy. The best of it's kind since Pulp fiction. A great cast that are fantastic character roles. A great mixture of stories, style, humour and stars. Great and exhilerating entertainment.
Michael G

Super Reviewer

December 6, 2006
Very clever and well done. At least it really would be if Pulp Fiction didn't come out 5 years before. It's good either way.
deano
deano

Super Reviewer

November 21, 2006
Frenetic 24 hours in the live of some LA twentysomethings, as seen from several points of view. But others may find it too much like a junior "Pulp Fiction".
boxman
boxman

Super Reviewer

February 23, 2006
[font=Arial][color=darkred]The sophomore outing of director Doug Liman, the man who put the swinger in 'Swingers' baby, is far from any slump - no it's more like an achievement. Liman is a man that knows what he wants, and an excellent visual artist. 'Go' is a spinning tour-de-force joyride of energetic fun. The movie is down right infectious. It stays in your system for many days, no weeks, after viewing. Consult your physician for proper treatment.[/color][/font]

[font=Arial][color=darkred]Born in the shadow of 'Pulp Fiction' with the disjointed narrative structure, interlocking plots, retelling of events through different perspectives, and out-of-place editting, 'Go' is the first movie to deserve having the comparisons to Tarintino's masterpiece of blood and violence. It's like a child of 'Fiction', with teens as the main stars and doing some awfully idiotic things mainly because... they're teenagers. The story of 'Go' is bursting to the seams with clever and embraceable characters, witty and hilarious dialogue, and enough plot twists to keep any viewer frothing at the mouth for more. Again, consult your physician.[/color][/font]

[font=Arial][color=darkred]The movie reminds me in a way as a 'American Graffitti' or 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' for the fresh stable load of young talent displayed. Everyone fits nicely and performs excellently, like Timothy Olyphant's devilishly charming and dangerous turn as a drug dealer, and Taye Diggs who helped get Stella's groove back and is now the too cool for words friend of a grocery clerk on their trip to Vegas which turns into a comedy of errors. But the standout amongst all the talent is that little delectable Canadian bundle of joy known as Sarah Polley. Playing one of the chief protagonists she is fascinating and compelling. She takes the role and shines the brightest in a movie filled with equally bright stars. I look forward to seeing what she does in the future.[/color][/font]

[font=Arial][color=darkred]Set against the LA rave scene 'Go' tells the story circling around a 24 hour period of tantric sex, drug deals, a police sting, a lapdance, gay soap stars, and good ole' chewable asperin. The movie is driven by an awesome soundtrack of techno and rock that seems to act like the narrator of our little tale. 'Go' is brisk, breathless, riggorously hip and smart. Finally an INTELLIGENT teen movie. Too bad not too many teens went to see it at the theaters judging from box office scores. I guess they all wanted to see Ryan Phillipie's ass one more time in 'Cruel Intentions'. But 'Go' is a fascinating trip you'll want to take over and over and wish the sun would never come back up. Do not pass 'Go'![/color][/font]

[font=Arial][color=darkred]Nate's Grade: A[/color][/font]
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