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SYNOPSIS:
Young Ronna (Sarah Polley), a checkout chick in Los Angeles, is about to be evicted from her apartment. To make some extra money she works an extra shift for Simon (Desmond Askew), a wired-up Brit who's going to Vegas for a wild weekend with his mates. Simon is the regular drug contact for Adam and Zack (Scott Wolf and Jay Mohr) who, in Simon's absence, approach Ronna about scoring 20 hits of ecstacy. With the help of friend and co-worker Claire (Katie Holmes) Ronna visits Simon's supplier Todd (Timothy Olyphant) with the intention of making her finances even more secure. What Ronna doesn't know is that Simon and Zack are soap-opera actors working on a real undercover sting with cop Burke (William Fichtner). Events veer out of control with Simon's dangerous adventures in Vegas intersecting with Ronna's hair-raising night in L.A.

"Go has the sort of zing that makes most Hollywood studio films seem like sausages - from the same brand of sausage machine, all neatly packaged and production designed into a bland homogeneity. Go is cool, it's hip, it's worldly wise, it's dark, it's musically sweet (in the sense of youth jargon) and it's also smartly funny but never condescends to its audience - and above all, it's forever surprising. The surprises come in all forms, from character revelations to story telling structure to plot. Our synopsis is deliberately minimalist and even dull (by comparison with the film), because this is the sort of movie we think you should experience as fresh as possible, except to know that it's not recommended for moral conservatives, with its frank depiction of life in the roaring 20s - that's youth, not the era. There are many 'moments' in the film - a collection that reflects the ideas and innovations that bubble out of writer John August and director Doug Liman, who also shot the film, fusing his eye to his cortex in a bravado movie that goes places and drags us, willingly, along. Take a seatbelt - your ticket price doesn't include one."
Andrew L. Urban

"The shadow of Quentin Tarantino looms too large for Go to be considered much more than a very good slice from what's now a very overdone recipe. Director Doug Liman showed he's got the chops for this kind of material with his first film, Swingers, and this is a progression in both style and content but the feeling that this is yet another follower in the Pulp Fiction slipstream is ever-present. Comic strips are discussed with great seriousness, inconveniently dead bodies need to be disposed of and the storyline returns to the same starting point before branching off on another angle - Kubrick did this first in The Killing but let's not quibble. What Go does have is plenty of energy and characters more grounded in reality than Tarantino's cartoon creations. Sarah Polley is terrific as the stony-faced Ronna whose complete lack of endearing or quirky qualities makes her a magnetic hard-boiled heroine. William Fichtner, an unsung character actor we've seen in dozens of films, is the other standout as the cop with a bizarre domestic setup and a committed sense of 'new experiences' best discovered for yourself. If you're a fan of ecstacy and the rave scene Go will probably be one of the highlights of the year because it speaks the language and captures the atmosphere with real conviction. I liked many moments in Go and Liman is clearly a director to watch if he can break out of a groove he's too talented to become trapped in."
Richard Kuipers

"Exuberant, enthralling and energetic, Go is an accomplished film from Doug Liman (who brought us Swingers). The script deftly blends three storylines into a cohesive whole with poise and vigour. All the characters are believable, even if some of them are a little hard to take. The young Los Angelinos portrayed in the film are hard-edged, cynical and willing to screw each other if it’s in their best interests - and, by extension, Liman paints the same picture of Los Angeles itself. That these characters can inhabit a film which so successfully makes us laugh through our cringes is a testament to Liman’s skill. Sarah Polley proves again (if it was needed after The Sweet Hereafter) she’s the brightest young talent working today. Her Ronna is so hard-bitten, she could have walked off the page of a James Ellroy novel. Desmond Askew is wonderful as the happy-go-lucky Simon and he’s ably supported by Taye Diggs as his level-headed friend. If you’ve seen any other reviews of this film, you’ll have seen the inevitable Pulp Fiction comparisons. While there are undoubted similarities, remember many filmmakers used similar techniques long before Tarantino even had a job in a video store. So forget about comparisons and go see Go for itself - a thrilling story told with style."
David Edwards

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 2
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 1

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GO(MA)
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CAST: Sarah Polley, Desmond Askew, Katie Holmes, Scott Wolf, Jay Mohr, Taye Diggs, Nathan Bexton, Timothy Olyphant (and Princess Leah Lucky Buttons as the alley cat)

PRODUCERS: Paul Rosenberg, Mickey Liddell, Matt Freeman

DIRECTOR: Doug Liman

SCRIPT: John August

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Doug Liman

EDITOR: Stephen Mirrione

MUSIC: BT

MUSIC SUPERVISOR: Julianne Kelley

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Tom Wilkins

RUNNING TIME: 102 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Columbia TriStar

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: August 19, 1999

VIDEO RELEASE: January 12, 2000

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Columbia TriStar







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