Geek Review: Don’t Let Go

Man, there was not much new out this weekend, was there?  I’m typing this up Saturday, unsure if I will go out again over the next two days.  My options are a Liam Hemsworth movie I only know exists because I saw a poster at the local AMC, and something with Shia LaBeouf.  Do I really want to spend my precious time on Earth watching something with Shia LaBeouf?

That’s not really fair.  I don’t have any strong feelings against LaBeouf.  I just thought it would make a good punchline.

In the meantime, there was still this week’s new offering Don’t Let Go.

L.A. detective Jack Radcliff (David Oyelowo) has a tight relationship with his niece Ashley (Storm Reid).  His brother is a former drug addict who may or may not still be clean.  One night, the unthinkable happens:  someone breaks into Garret Radcliff’s house and murders him, his wife, the family dog, and worst of all Ashley.  David, first on the scene, is heartbroken.

And then he gets a phone call from Ashley from two weeks in the past.  She doesn’t know she’s about to die.  Can Jack conduct an investigation in the past and maybe save the lives of his family?  Particularly when the Jack in that timeline isn’t aware of what’s happening?

So, this movie has a novel gimmick–the time traveling phone calls–that more or less works.  It’s an intriguing central concept.  Unfortunately, the rest of the movie around that gimmick isn’t terribly original.  The case isn’t overly surprising, and the performances are perfunctory.  And that’s not getting into some weird script and directing choices.  Beyond that, the movie wastes the likes of Oyelowo, Brian Tyree Henry, and Alfred Molina.  As for Reid, between this and A Wrinkle in Time, I’m hoping she can find something a bit better to appear in at some point in the future.  Because of these factors, the end result is a rather “meh” at best movie.  The gimmick may work, but the rest of it, not so much.

6.5 out of 10 repeated gunshot wounds.

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