Thursday, December 16, 2010

Go (1999)

Go (USA, 1999) - Color, Director(s): Doug Liman
MPAA Rating: R
[UK: 18]
Approx. 102 min.

Z-rating: 8.5 out of 10 stars

Nobody said that spending Christmas Away from Home always had to be a drag. Sometimes people are purposely away from home for Christmas, for example, to go to a rave or some sort of awesome party instead. There are some wild adventures out there that are just waiting to happen. This movie goes to show you that being away from home for Christmas might not always be the worst situation, just gotta make sure you watch out for those cars.

A pre-Dawn of the Dead remake Sarah Polley can be seen here as Ronna Martin, a cashier at a local grocery store. Offering to take a shift for her fellow co-worker Simon (Desmond Askew) so he can spend the weekend in Vegas, we find out that poor Ronna is in need of some quick cash because she is about to be evicted from her apartment. While working her extra shift, two guys walk in looking to score some ecstasy from Simon who is usually at the register. Desperate for the money, she tells the two guys that she'll take care of them all while planning to go over Simon's head and straight to his dealer. Katie Holmes plays her concerned friend who debates drug dealing etiquette with Ronna and tries to convince her not to step on anyone's toes. Ignoring her friend, Ronna decides to pay a visit to Simon's dealer (played by Timothy Olyphant who played a similar character in The Girl Next Door) to ask him to do her this one favor. What she doesn't know however is that he gives head before he gives favors and seeing as he doesn't even give his best friends head, the chances of her getting a favor are pretty fucking slim. Predictably, being a girl and everything, she's able to score the number of hits of ecstasy that the guys were looking to pick up. (Not before she's forced to take her shirt off and prove she's not wearing a wire or anything) After she scores the X, she goes to deliver to the guys that wanted to buy it but after getting there, things seem a little fishy. Figuring that something wasn't quite right, she goes to the bathroom and flushes all her pills down the toilet. She gets outta the house without being busted but now she has a bigger problem... she flushed all the product down the toilet but didn't get ANY money for it. Thinking fast, she runs out to a pharmacy and grabs a bunch of different pills to try to come close to the size and shape that Todd Gaines (the dealer) had. She ends up going back to his house to "return" the stuff (now replaced with allergy meds) and after he takes it all back without a fuss, she thinks she got off Scot-free and heads to a rave in progress to sell off the rest of her "thizz" pills. The Baby Tylenol pills don't fool Todd for long and, before you know it, he's hot on her heels and packing heat. Will Ronna get what's coming to her or will she escape once again?

Sounds like I've pretty much given you a rundown of this whole movie already but the beauty of this film is that the story unfolds Tarantino-style. Meaning that it's told in a non-linear fashion, and from multiple points-of-view, as the director takes some creative liberties with the story. The pacing of this film is pretty fast-paced and many have compared this to Tarantino's own Pulp Fiction. Despite many favorable comparisons, critics of this film have called it a "junior Pulp Fiction" as if to slam the film. I'll be the first to admit that this is no Pulp Fiction but I still loved this movie very much. There's still more to come in the movie including Simon's adventures with his friends in Vegas along with the backstory on those two guys that were trying to buy those ecstasy pills.

Nudity: 2 out of 5. You get to see some boobs while Simon is bedding two chicks from a wedding in Vegas, again later when he walks into a strip club, and then while he's getting a lapdance. Also, Sarah Polley takes her shirt off but you don't get to see anything

Gore: Other than some people getting shot, you don't really see too much blood or guts. I would give this a 0.5 out of 5

Awesome: VERY. There are people on both sides of the line, people who love it and those who hate it. I, for one, absolutely LOVE this movie and while I will admit that it can't really compete with Pulp Fiction in terms of sheer awesomeness, I still think this movie does a damn good job of interweaving its stories and presenting them in a very stylish and entertaining matter. I mean, sure it doesn't beat Pulp Fiction, but what movie really does? Pulp Fiction is one of those CLASSIC films that you're going to talk about for ages. "Go" is going to be one of those underrated films that someone will mention to you years from now, during a conversation about how GREAT of a movie Pulp Fiction was, and you're going to be stuck wondering to yourself why nobody ever told you about this movie earlier. Do yourself a favor and GO get your hands on a copy of this movie. GO!!!!