Review: “Go!”

Whereas “200 Cigarettes” awkwardly jumbles 5-6 storylines in a slow-paced drama, “Go” shows how you can use a similar formula to much greater effect. Split into three sub-plots which are all very cleverly tied together, its easy to follow as each one evolves after the previous one is finished, and all wrap up in a smaller 10-minute coda at the end.

Of course one can easily draw comparisons to the far more memorable “Pulp Fiction”, but what “Go” offers is aimed at the 15-29 age bracket (my group) and is light enough on the drugs and violence to be enjoyed by those wanting to try something a little easier than a Tarantino bloodfest. Acting and storywise its a strange mix. The first storyline focuses on checkout chick Sarah Polley who works her role extremely well, while the rest of those involved don’t get much to do.

Katie Holmes has shown on “Dawson’s Creek” that she is one of those few actresses whose face can convey so much emotion with a simple look, but still have that “I’m your average girl” kind of quality. That quality isn’t explored at all here, though she gets a good line or two in her 10 minutes of onscreen time.

The second storyline is probably the weakest, though Desmond Askew turns in a likeable performance as an English hustler who can’t seem to keep his hands to himself. Whereas the first storyline was interesting and funny, this one tries to hard to fit into the rest of the action.

Then we head on to storyline three, the most joke-filled and unexpected of the three. William Fitchner shows how deftly superb his comic talent is as a somewhat dubious-intentioned cop, while Scott Wolf and Jay Mohr give a far more realistic portrayal of their characters (I won’t give away the twist) than Hollywood has done in movies for sometime.

Sadly whereas the first half of this third sub-plot is great, it turns dark and surprisingly different very quickly as they leave the rave party. “Go” is a movie for the younger generation – its fast, flashy and easily consumable. Sure it ain’t memorable or original, but f–k its a fun ride.