Don't Let Go

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While admirably intelligent and well-cast, Don't Let Go suffers from a formulaic approach compounded by its uneven writing and an awkward tonal balance.

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Detective Jack Radcliff gets a shocking phone call from his recently murdered niece Ashley. Working together across time, they race to solve the crime before it can happen.

Cast & Crew

David Oyelowo
Jack Radcliff
Byron Mann
Detective Roger Lee
Omar Leyva
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Daniel R. Lawson
Diner Patron
Jeanette Volturno-Brill
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Couper Samuelson
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Jay Martin
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Eric B. Fleischman
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Sharone Meir
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Critic Reviews for Don't Let Go (Relive)

All Critics (92) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (53)

  • For genre fans not yet burnt out by time-travel spectacles, Don't Let Go might be worth the watch.

    February 15, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It's profoundly preposterous, often snortingly stupid, but also strangely enjoyable.

    September 28, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • There's not much excitement here, and the whodunnit, when it comes, feels pretty irrelevant.

    September 25, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Guardian
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  • The time-traveling investigation is indeed optimistic, but in reality and execution, it's just magical thinking wrapped up in a fussy, overly convoluted plot.

    September 10, 2019 | Full Review…
  • "Don't Let Go" was reportedly significantly recut since premiering at Sundance earlier this year, but the edits can't save a project that was doomed from the start. Someone's crystal ball is cloudy.

    August 30, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • The central relationship drives the film forward, but in its focus on 'whodunit and why,' Don't Let Go fails to pack the punch it should.

    August 30, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Don't Let Go (Relive)

  • Sep 07, 2019
    It's a time-displaced mystery where two people, a police detective (David Oyelowo) and his teenage niece (Strom Reid), are trying to communicate across space and time to prevent a personal tragedy, namely the niece's eventual murder. He's two weeks ahead time-wise and making use of his advanced knowledge and her insider info to better understand what went wrong that fateful night. If it sounds a bit like 2000's Frequency, featuring a father and son across the decades with a ham radio, that's because it's pretty much Frequency. No matter, this is the high-concept stuff of fun, clever structural gamesmanship, tapping into the past and future to solve a crime. Writer/director Jacob Estes (The Details) has a good first draft but the script needed more work. It starts off rather slow, takes more time than needed to establish its rules, and even after those rules are somewhat hazy, like when Oyelowo gets a download of new memories from his future self. To say the story gets a bit convoluted is an understatement, and the ending feels more like a rush to a finish rather than a carefully planned conclusion. The best asset the movie has is the relationship and performances from its stars. Oyelowo is a man rushed against an impossible task, and his fevered and harried performance does much to communicate the burden placed upon him. Reid (A Wrinkle in Time) is very good as an inquisitive teenager who has to process the looming danger that hangs over her head, plus just being a teen girl in L.A. Both of these actors are at their best when they're together (via magic phone calls; are texts not magic?) and pushing each other to succeed. There's great potential in the unlikely partner dynamic with them as well as a resonating personal motivation to drive the movie. I just wish Estes and the filmmakers had slowed things down and given their setup more thought and experimentation. It kind of goes in rather predictable and mundane directions, including having a super killer that seems anything but. Don't Let Go (a painfully generic title destined to be forgotten) feels like it could have worked a limited run miniseries, or, barring that, a better paced and developed film. Nate's Grade: C+
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