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Go (Blu-ray) - Review

Go (Blu-ray)

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES: Commentary by Director Doug Liman & Editor Stephen Mirrione; Making of Featurette; New video by No Doubt; Magic Carpet Ride video by Philip Steir; Steal My Sunshine video by Len; Deleted Scenes.

DOUG Liman served early notice of his talents as director with hip action-comedy Go, which also provided useful early central roles for Katie Holmes, Timothy Olyphant and Sarah Polley.

Based around a mad night in the lives of a group of supermarket workers and some of their customers, the film is split into three sections that recall, variously, an ill-advised foray into drug-dealing, a madcap trip to Las Vegas and two actors’ strange encounter with a cop who is not all he seems to be.

Ronna (Polley) needs extra cash to pay the rent and so visits a drug dealer named Todd (Olyphant) in the hope of staving off the threat of eviction. Simon (Desmond Askew) heads to Vegas for a weekend escape with friends but can’t keep himself out of trouble. And Adam (Scott Wolf) and Zack (Jay Mohr) want to stay out of trouble but keep getting in worse.

Liman’s film cleverly inter-weaves all of the stories while unfolding in three distinct episodes. And it offers a fun-filled joyride of sex, drugs, violence and comedy that’s driven by a hip soundtrack and some engaging performances.

The Las Vegas segment is possibly the most outrageous as Simon (played by former Grange Hill star Askew) crashes a wedding party, sets a hotel on fire and then has a violent encounter at a strip-club with best friend Marcus (Taye Diggs).

But there’s plenty of mirth to be found in Adam and Zack’s encounter with William Fichtner’s possibly gay detective, whose motives for getting them back to his home for Thanksgiving yield surprising [and hilarious] results.

A young Katie Holmes moves convincingly from timid to carefree with Timothy Olyphant, while Polley brings her usual mix of fiestiness and charm to the role of the hapless Ronna.

Liman directs at break-neck pace but never loses sight of his characters, thereby combining hip set pieces and laugh-out loud humour with a genuine emotional connection.

It’s a wild ride but a fun one that’s well worth returning to in Blu-ray format. For while Go may not seem like an obvious choice for a Blu-ray revival, the picture is cleaner (especially during that Vegas segment) and the music all the more vital. It’s a glorious nostalgia trip.

Certificate: 18
Running time: 103mins
UK Blu-ray Release: August 3, 2009