Grocery store clerk Simon occasionally sells drugs from his cash register at work, so when soap opera actors Adam and Zack come looking for Ecstasy on a quiet Christmas Eve, they are surprised to find Ronna covering his shift. Desperate for money, Ronna decides to become an impromptu drug dealer, unaware that Adam and Zack are secretly working for obsessed narcotics officer Burke.
To me, this movie is perfection.
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So much average
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A film with more than the usual spoiler issues. Talking about it in any detail feels akin to handing you a gift-wrapped present and saying, "I hope you like it -- It's a thriller about a diabolical secret experiment."
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The film creates a perfect balance between action and depth of basic needs, in the midst of an infertile atmosphere.
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Might appear dated now, but Doug 'Bourne identity' 'Edge of tomorrow' 'Mr./Mrs. Smith' 'Swingers' Liman has such a firm grip on the narrative, all the way through, that this one almost acts as the template-setter for everything that came after, in spite of its superlow budget, that is evident. And no, this is not a 'Clerks' or a 'Mallrats' wannabe, though the supermarket kinda connects our main characters. The trope, as tropes go, follows different paths taken by various lead characters from 2 points in the plot, 1, that sets things off, and the other, that acts as kind of a pre-climax of sorts, if that makes sense (it will, when you watch it). However, this is not just a post Pulp Fiction piecing together gimmick. It helps that said gimmick is help by solid narrative set- pieces, like the one where Katie Holmes' and Timothy Olyphant's characters get together accidentally (for the 2nd time) when Holmes lets loose, for the first time in the flick, followed by the recurring, consistent way Taye Diggs' character's jacket becomes a plot-twist, and the dinner scene at William Fichtner's place (fanta- hilarious), the scene with X marking the spot for some delayed revenge etc. Anyways, was a nice blast-from-the-past kinda experience, which has more in common with Liman's own 'Swingers' and Favreau's 'Made' (both of them with Vaughn and Favreau). Sarah Polley, Gordon-Levitt wannabe Desmond Askew, Timothy Olyphant, Taye Diggs, Jay Mohr, Scott Wolff, William Fichtner, Melissa McCarthy, Breckin Meyer, Jane Krakowski, the vastly underrated JE Freeman etc. have all had their own paths (with Polley even helming great movies), but this is a good one to watch to remember what they were once a part of (in a good way). Worth multiple viewings....even the deleted scenes actually should have been part of the flick....maybe a future complete-cut??
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On the Christmas Eve, the cashier of supermarket Ronna Martin (Sarah Polley) is completely broken and will be evicted from her apartment on the next morning. She accepts the offer to cover the shift of her British co-worker Simon Baines (Desmond Askew) that wants to travel to Las Vegas to have more money. While working, the clients Adam (Scott Wolf) and Zach (Jay Mohr) seek out Simon to buy ecstasy and ask Ronna if she can get the drug for them. Ronna goes to the apartment of Simon's drug dealer Todd Gaines (Timothy Olyphant) to buy the ecstasy but she does not have enough money for twenty pills; so her friend and colleague Claire Montgomery (Katie Holmes) stays with Todd to guarantee the payment. When she goes to the address of Adam and Zach, she meets Burke (William Fichtner) and suspects that he might be an FBI agent. She drops the ecstasy in the toilet and flushes it. Now she has neither the drugs nor the money to give to Todd. Meanwhile Simon travels to Las Vegas and gets into trouble in a night-club with very dangerous people and he needs to flee from the town with his friends. Meanwhile, Burke drops the charges against the informers Adam and Scott and invites them to spend Christmas night having dinner with his wife and him, but Burke has a secret agenda. "Go" entwines three segments with the stories of three employees of a supermarket on the Christmas Eve. The screenplay is very well written with three simultaneous stories disclosed independently with points of contact. The cast is fantastic highlighting the extraordinary Sarah Polley. The confusions are hilarious and the weakest segment is the one relative to the gay actors Adam and Zach. My vote is eight.Title (Brazil): "Vamos Nessa" ("Let's Go")
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"Go" is John August's first feature film. Since then August has been writing for some of Tim Burton's film including "Big Fish", "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and the upcoming "Frankenweenie" film. In 2007 August wrote and directed a film called "The Nines"(review will come this month), which as become one of my favorites. Directed by Doug Liman(Swingers, The Bourne Identity) , "Go" tells three intertwining stories on Christmas Eve night. The first one is Ronna's(Sarah Polley) story, a struggling grocery store clerk who needs to make her rent on time. Her co-worker Simon, his heading to Vegas with his pals, and needs Ronna to take his shift. Ronna needs the money the money she takes it. While working she is approached by two men buying gallons of orange juice. The two men say that Simon always gets them ecstasy, and they were wondering since he was gone if she could score some for them. Ronna agrees. Her night to come would involve a drug dealer, played viciously by Timothy Olyphant, drug bust, a Christmas rave, and getting hit by a miata.Then there is Simon's who gets Ronna to take his shift so he can go to Vegas. When he arrives they dine at a buffet. Some of the friends eat the shellfish, and fall ill, and unable to partake in their night in Vegas. This leaves Simon and his friend Marcus(Taye Diggs). Their night starts off very nicely at a strip club, but all hell breaks loose when Simon touches one of the dancers, causing the owner and his son to hunt down Simon, even if it means following them back to Los Angeles. The third and best story involves Adam and Zach who are day time T.V. stars and closet homosexuals and having relationship problems, played by Jay Mohr and Scott Wolf. They are the two men that ask Ronna to get them ecstasy. But it turns out they were caught a while back buying some pot, and they are trying to get their record clean, so they are helping out in a police investigation. The detective in charge of the case is Burke(William Fichtner), and he ask the boys to stay for Christmas Eve dinner with him and his wife. They agree. Burke has a secret agenda though. He wants to use their celebrity to help gain them more sells for his confederated product business on the side. This film is very Pulp Ficiton esque, in the way of the intertwining timelines, and all of the cool, hip talk about sex, and drugs. So many films try and pull this off, but none have really come close to being a good film. Go is definitely a great film. I have owned it for years and decided to pull it off the shelf and give it a new and updated review. Go has tons of charisma, and wit and most of the performances are outstanding. William Fichtner's being my favorite. If you have not seen Go, then go and rent it. I give Go a 9 out of 10
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Go is unlike any film you have ever seen and I loved every second of it! This unique comedy, from Swingers director, Doug Liman, follows a bunch of people who connect in a supermarket and follow them on their craziest weekend ever. The story is told in four parts, and follow these inevitably connected people from four different angles. As each of their stories are told, the story gets clearer and even more hilarious. This movie was a first for many TV stars on the big screen like Katie Holmes, Scott Wolf, and Jay Mohr, but it's the newcomers like Sarah Polley and Desmond Askew that make this film work. Honestly, this film has everything. It's a great story, action-packed, and hilarious, I can't recommend it enough!