Go (1999) Flash Review

Director: Doug Liman
Starring: Katie Holmes; Sarah Polley; Desmond Askew; Scott Wolf; Jay Mohr; Timothy Olyphant.
Plot: Go tells the story of the events after a drug deal, told from three different points of view.

It’s been less than a week since I watched, and reviewed, Doug Liman’s first major picture Swingers (check out the review here), and this picture had a lot of similarities to the director’s predecessor that made for a generally entertaining film.

What Go did was collaborate a number of late 90s traditions in a somewhat surprising, and certainly interesting, 3-way story telling technique. The cast, for example, was very ‘of its era’ – Katie Holmes, Jay Mohr and Timothy Olyphant are all the faces of late 90’s/early 00’s movies that we’ve all come to love hating. The drug fuelled nature of the plot and some of the more experimentalmeans of presenting drug use were techniques and subjects that were brought to the forefront of popular cinema in the same era through films like Trainspotting.

Much like Swingers, the film presented a universe where our protagonists rarely got their rightful comeuppance for their lack of morality, and the three-way story came to somewhat of an underwhelming conclusion. I mean, sure, they got shot at and ran over, but in comparison to what could have happened if this movie was a drama, the results were more in keeping with the dark humoured tone of the feature. That’s not a bad thing.

In my opinion, the stand out performance of Go was produced by William Fichtner who played his slightly homoerotic salesman character better than you could probably imagine. If you find awkwardness funny, this is the character you’ll appreciate most in this film.

Overall, Go isn’t quite the fluid and self-aware picture that Swingers is, but as a stand alone film it’s certainly a worthwhile watch. Don’t be expecting any sort of Crash-like drama though, just your typical dark humour.

Oh, and look out for a short cameo by a young Melissa McCarthy.

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