"'Pulp Fiction' Jr? More like 'Pulp Fiction,' lite."
"Go" flaunts much technical skill but not very much thought--it lacks the brain and heart of the movie that is so idolizes, and tries to compensate in sheer visceral thrill.Not to say that "Go" is not a good time--because it is. It crackles with ingenuity and wit, and the cast of lesser known up and comers is consistently pitch perfect.
But you don't take very much away from "Go." It doesn't give the characters very much time to evolve (it crams three stories into one hundred minutes), and there's very little in the way of atmosphere--in other words, this is no "Swingers."
But what could be? Doug Liman has done an admirable job of upping the ante (style and productions values are up, way up), but there's none of that homespun charm that veritably oozes from "Swingers."
There is a lot of freshness on display, I'll say that. The wise cracks and unexpected plot twists come at a quick clip, and the cast (once again) does an excellent job of staying true and honest.
"Go," though, is less than the sum of its parts. There's no soul to string it all together, and that is the film's inevitable downfall. The characters are funny but hard to care about (despite the presence of talent like Sarah Polley, Taye Diggs, and Jay Mohr), and the plot reeks of catchy pop gimmickry.The non linear narrative is supposed to make it all so much more satisfying, but in the end you just feel like you've gone around in a few circles and accomplished nothing.