Before Director Doug Liman's crappy "JUMPER," he made some really good
films. "THE BOURNE IDENTITY" and "MR. AND MRS. SMITH" were certainly much
better. But, "SWINGERS" was even better than those and "GO" is arguably a
Before writer John August crafted the mediocre "BIG FISH" or "CHARLIE'S ANGELS"
he wrote "GO," which, as of today, is his best script!
SONY's decisions in releasing some mediocre films ahead of great ones can be
troubling at times, but at least they chose to put "GO" out, and they deserve
great applause for that alone!
Sarah Polley plays Ronna, a young woman working as a cashier at a grocery store,
with major stress. She's working long hours, and not only is she failing to get
ahead, she's about to be evicted, being behind in rent. A small silver lining in
her otherwise dim world seems possible when a fellow employee, Simon, offers her
extras cash to work his shift so he can take off to Vegas with his
friends. Simon's extra cash still isn't enough to save her apartment, but when
two soap stars, Zack and Adam show up looking for Simon, hoping to buy some
drugs from him. Seeing the potential to earn some extra cash, Ronna decides to
help facilitate the deal by contacting Simon's dealer, and things "go"
progressively in unpredictable, often funny, directions from this point on.
"GO" is a feat of daring filmmaking in many ways, its narrative structure
could've easily been a jumbled mess in less capable hands. But, Liman's visual
style, editing, and music, along with great performances throughout(Katie Holmes
is actually terrific here!) make "GO" a must-see film, and easy to recommend as
an addition to every film lover's collection.
SONY has provided the correct 2.40:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray.
Unfortunately, colors aren't as vibrant as we'd hoped for, in comparison to a
recent 1080i/DIRECTV satellite presentation. Grain is present throughout, but it
helps provide the necessary "film-like" appearance. Detail is excellent, even
within a variety of club "rave" sequences, complete with inherently complex
strobe-light shots. The image seldom falls flat, and blacks, while not inky, are
deep enough to provide great depth in the darkest moments. "GO" doesn't offer a
"knock your socks off" image, but it's generally solid, offering impressive
depth, and notably better than the dvd.
SONY has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. It's fantastic! While bass permeates
much of the film, due to the energetic use of music, surrounds and discrete
effects create an immersive, fun(!)experience throughout. The standard Dolby
Digital mix of the dvd was actually quite good, but pales in comparison to
what's offered here! A FANTASTIC MIX!
SONY has carried over extras from the dvd. A commentary with Director Liman and
editor Stephen Mirrione, is well worth listening to, at least for aspiring
filmmakers. A brief featurette is offered in 480p, as are deleted scenes and
the music videos. Trailers for various SONY releases are in 1080p.