Go

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7.21 h 42 min1999X-RayR
A hip, edgy comedy in which the misadventures of a group of young people collide in L.A.'s racous underground scene.
Directors
Doug Liman
Starring
Katie HolmesSarah PolleyJay Mohr
Genres
ComedyActionSuspense
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Christopher Reviewed in the United States on March 23, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Worth the View
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I mostly like this movie because of...nostalgia. As in I was around the same age as the kids in the movie were....kind of. The fact that we're all like around age 50 now still blows my mind. The movie is not unlike Pulp Fiction, maybe not as good but..."on the same street" for lack of a better quote. It's definitely dated but getting past that isn't hard to do...and once you do, you'll find it a competent story of one crazy night. Worth a look.
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ChrisReviewed in the United States on July 30, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
A fun ride with a familiar feel
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If you like pulp fiction or "Pulp Fiction" then "Go" is something you'll like to check out. It's a day-in-life story about a few categories that are interconnected. As movie unfolds it's a fast paced romp of drugs, sex, lying, friendship, love, and just hanging out. While each character presents adds something to the story no one really steals the movie (maybe that's the intent).

When this movie was released Katie Holmes was a big draw as she was in the midst of her "Dawson's Creek" heyday. She's actually pretty good but doesn't carry the movie. She plays a little bit edgier version of her "Dawson's" character. Sarah Polley, on the other hand, is solid (as in most of her movies) and gives the movie some credibility in some far fetched situations.

Watching this movie 20 years after it was released is pure 90's nostalgia. It's fun and not to be taken too seriously. The soundtrack still holds up and is one of the best parts of this movie. Definitely worth revisiting, if for nothing else, to be reminded what a rave was like.
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SteveReviewed in the United States on June 15, 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars
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If you liked 'Pulp Fiction' you'll probably like this one too. The storylines aren't as tightly woven and there are lose ends. A lot of editing mistakes can be seen too, mainly when viewing in slow motion. The 'making of' featurette is in this case a 7 min extended trailer that could have been excluded. No real 'making of' information is given. The commentary does a better job of that, although the director and editor tend to digress during scenes. They start talking about a scene and stay on that subject or digress through several scenes then return to commentary on the scene they happen to be watching. I find commentaries that are easier to listen to with the picture off annoying, as is the case here. I liked the music videos and they make a great addition. One video with 'No Doubt' has little connection to the movie other than the singer goes to a rave. The video with 'Len' has no connection; it's shot in Florida at Spring Break. The 'Wild Carpet Ride' video is the best, featuring the 'Simon' section actors as a band also intercut with the chase scene. The deleted scenes were mostly different versions of scenes in the film with either slightly altered dialogue or location. One scene was really an outtake of the scene with Ronni drinking the beer; here she spills it on herself and almost starts laughing, which is funny in the context. One scene should have been left in; this scene explains why the kid doesn't let them in his room during the start of the chase scene. Overall a very good DVD to have in your collection especially if you liked the film.
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Richard L.Reviewed in the United States on May 24, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
It's No Pulp Fiction...Or, Is It?
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This film follows the same momentum as Pulp Fiction but, it really is quite different. It does intertwine three stories of drugs, sex and violence. Go is probably a more common approach to the mix of everyday life with the "pursuit of happiness". Okay, none of the characters actually achieve their happiness but, they have their moments...maybe close to many as they try to achieve their goals and place in "society". Anyway, as in Pulp Fiction, this is a fast-paced movie intertwining three stories. Go starts each story at the workplace and ends there too. I think that's where it tries to appeal to the actual working people.

If you like action mixed with some real-life situations, you will probably enjoy this movie, lest find it entertaining.
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James C. WardReviewed in the United States on September 5, 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars
90's coming of age rave culture...
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this is a rare gem of a film- intimate, with funny moments, action, and human drama. It really captures the mood and anxiety of being a young adult in the 90's.

It has 3 big things in its favor.

#1: the cast. What a great cast- Sarah Polley, Katie Holmes, Scott Wolf, Jay Mohr, Timothy Olyphant and others have great chemistry together.

#2: the script: funny, dramatic, great dialogue, and fresh. Basically, it is a story of generation Xer's (like myself) coming of age. They are trying to pay their bills, be independent, have relationships, and experience some excitement. Along they way they get into trouble while attending a rave party when everything goes wrong.

#3: the soundtrack. The music fits perfectly with the film.

If you are a gen Xer, this film will resonate with you emotionally.
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J. COSBYReviewed in the United States on December 10, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars
"Xiang Kai-Shek. Famous Chinese ruler. Starts with 'X.'"
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"Go" is most assuredly an oddity. I remember a review for "Go" back in '99 that states something like, "'Go' is a much better film than it has any right to be." My feelings exactly.

The mark of a good director is being able to construct a good film translated from good script material. However, Doug ("Swingers") Liman's sophomore effort ably demonstrates that with style, intuition, and -- above all -- energy, he can craft a magnificent film from shoddy script material. In Hollywood lingo, this is damn near impossible to accomplish. So, thanks to Liman for smashing that preconception.

EVERYONE that reviews this mentions "Pulp Fiction" for obvious reasons, so I'll be no different. Yeah, it owes a lot to it. But PF owes big debts to other films, as well. Don't look at this as derivatives of derivatives, although some films definitely are. Try to view "Go" as something more cunning and sneaky than one might first think. First of all, attempting to find depth, soul, and social philosophy inside a movie entitled "Go" seems like a moot point to begin with. So roll with me here. That title itself should suggest that it's less likely to offer humane insight and is more concerned with feeling, sensations, adrenaline -- all of which wrap around the present moment: RIGHT NOW. This here is "Go"'s priority. And it's executed to exhilirating effect.

The stories go:
RONNA - needs extra shifts at her grocery store in order to make rent money this month. She takes amateur drug-dealer Simon's shift after a 14-hour stint, so he can go to Vegas with his buddies. But Zack and Adam (Jay Mohr and Scott Wolf), two soap opera actors, come calling on Simon but hook up Ecstacy through Ronna (Sara Polley) instead, Ronna dealing in hopes of closing that rent gap. She needs to get pills from Todd Gaines (Timothy Olyphant), but she leaves her friend and coworker Claire (cutie-pie Katie Holmes) with Todd as collateral while she goes off to deal with Adam and Zack. Ronna's "sale" goes dead-wrong, the stash gets flushed, so she opts for selling naive ravers allergy medicine and chewable aspirin to make up the difference, stalling Todd long enough not to find out. But he does. Complications ensue.

SIMON - begs Ronna to cover his shift at the "SONS" grocery store, and she accepts. He wakes up in a trunk, on the road to Vegas, and later acquires the location of a rowdy strip club from Todd over the phone (this phone conversation is the chief link between the first two stories). Simon (Desmond Askew) and pal Marcus (Taye Diggs) leave their gutter-butt friends in the room while they scope out this "Crazy Horse". A lap dance and a gunshot later, and the four guys have two pissed-off bouncers on their heels. Complications ensue.

ADAM & ZACK - are in trouble. Legal trouble, apparently a charge of possession. They decide to play ball and assist undercover Officer Burke (a disconcertingly funny William Fichtner) in busting Simon to clear their record, but Simon's in Vegas. They arrange a deal at the store later with Ronna, and setup the sting house, Burke being the principle dealmaker. At the deal, Ronna senses she's been had after a remark about orange juice, and Zack clues her to book out of there. The stash gets flushed, Ronna bullies her way out of there with a beer they offered her (she's only 17), and the "sale" ends. But Zack and Adam are NOT out of the woods yet. Though they've done what they were instructed, Burke has ulterior motives for the two and invites them over for an early Christmas dinner. Do they really have a choice? Complications (yes, that's right) ensue.

As long and arbitrary as those descriptions are, that is not even a half of what happens in the movie. All the surprises and shocks I left out, but there are many. The timeline jumping and reworking irks QT fans, but that trick's been employed since at least the '50s, so gripe elsewhere. "Go" illustrates how Generation Y (man, I hate these vague labels) is not about planning for the future, but trying to survive this very second. Liman's immediate and flashy camerawork (accompanied by "Traffic" Oscar-winner Stephen Mirrione's gifted editing) accurately captures those sheer moments of frenzy. Rent, sex, drugs, street justice -- all these are the impetuses to shoot the characters through this rollicking 24 hours across Los Angeles and Las Vegas just days before Christmas, and Doug Liman can handle these two Dystopias better than anyone out there, see "Swingers".

But "Go" is no "Swingers". It's darker and edgier, much racier -- a thrilling danger zone in which the viewer doesn't expect a stop in the action, and there isn't one. Though I saw "Go" twice in theaters 5 years ago, I could never pinpoint exactly what was the Main Attraction for me. 5 years later and wiser, maybe I figured it out. There is such earnestness and attitude, especially from the near-flawless ensemble of actors, in Liman's guidance that I conceive of him directing the film as if he were sitting three seats down in that dark auditorium watching the story unfold for the first time, right along with us.

This is a movie I should be discrediting for its lack of substance (even though it's mainly about ingesting substances), but I'm not. "Go" is just too damn fun: guilty-pleasure filmmaking of the highest order. Sleek, funny, sexy, shot full of vitality, don't ever hesitate to "Go" for broke.
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RIPDJReviewed in the United States on April 2, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Go is pure genius. An underrated GEM.
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No long review. The movie is an underrated gem. Kind of a 'Son of Pulp Fiction." The movie is cast perfectly and the writing is smart and funny. Blu-ray transfer is nice and sound it amazing. This movie has so many great lines that you'll be quoting for a long time and some of you may have been already. "Oh, that's right. He's the good drug dealer."
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Luis HernandezReviewed in the United States on April 19, 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars
Don't Stop -- GO and get this Movie!
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A film similar to Pulp Fiction, "Go" definately is much more hipper due to an excellent young cast, and an excellent script. The first part of the trilogy titled "Ronna," highlights the life of a checkout-girl turned overnight drug dealer. The second part "Simon" documents a road-trip by four friends to Las Vegas and the troubles they get into. The third part "Adam and Zac" follows the relationship between two closeted gay-actors and the cop who busted them for drugs. Great performances from Katie Holmes, Timothy Olyphant, Sara Polley, Taye Diggs, and Breckin Meyer boosts the films witty script. Two scenes you should follow closely are the scenes where Todd Gaines (Olyphant) is chatting on the phone while Claire (Holmes) is in the room. His answers correspond to Simon's questions in the second part. Overall an excellent film.
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