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Go

Starring William Fichtner, Katie Holmes, Sarah Polley,
Desmond Askew, Taye Diggs, Jane Krakowski, Jay Mohr, Timothy Olyphant, Scott Wolf
Screenplay by John August
Directed by Doug Liman
website: www.spe.sony.com/go

IN SHORT: They should all be this well written...

Set in three acts, Go is like three independent film stories all of which link together by branching out of bits and pieces of the first story you see. Lest I give way too much away, I'll steal from the press notes: "Eighteen-year-old Ronna Martin (Sarah Polley), accompanied by reluctant partner-in-crime and fellow supermarket checkout clerk Claire (Katie Holmes), is desperately looking to score some rent money before she's evicted. Simon (Desmond Askew), an impulsive Brit, is driving a stolen car with buddy Marcus (Taye Diggs) during a no-holds-barred night of partying on the Las Vegas strip. Adam (Scott Wolf) and Zack (Jay Mohr), a pair of TV stars, find themselves in the middle of a real-life drug sting-and a very creepy Christmas dinner."

Which means that Adam and Zack have to score enough Ecstasy to get police detective Burke (William Fichtner) a big bust. Their contact, Simon, is in Vegas doing the gambling and sex thing, and pissing off the local mobsters. Ronna, needing the hard cash, goes to Todd Gaines (Timothy Olyphant), Simon's dealer, and tries to make the deal. The creepy Christmas dinner involves Burke's wife, and should prove to Cranky's femme pals that Jane Krakowski really is incredibly hot. (They don't believe me, but she is). Revealing the intricacies of all the deals would spoil Go for you, 'cuz this is an absolutely delightful and intelligent movie.

I use that phrase carefully. Go walks such a fine line between indie film indulgence and absolutely brilliant scriptwriting and story plotting that you cannot be convinced of how damned clever screenwriter John August is until you hit the final line of the movie. Yeah, it could be used to set up a sequel. Let's hope the creators leave well enough alone and settle for multiple ticket sales.

Apparently, August was aiming to shoot a one act indie film, which comprises Ronna's story. Whoever read it and gave him the go ahead to expand it, should get a pat on the back. The final product, under the guidance of Swingers director Doug Liman, utilizes nine (give or take) characters, four different stories, and keeps everything balanced and interesting. This sucker works and it works great. Cranky has suffered through a lot of films try to do complicated stories with multiple characters. Most of the time they fall flat on their face. This time, you wait for the "fall down and go boom" and it never happens. Applause, applause, multitudes of applause.

On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Eight Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price to Go, he would have paid...

$7.00

Go see Go.

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