GO/DON’T GO is a new psychological thriller set in a post-apocalyptical world. It’s a slow-burn movie with gorgeous visuals but it will definitely not be for everyone. I found myself being completely immersed and yet I got impatient. Read our full Go/Don’t Go movie review here!
GO/DON’T GO is a new post-apocalyptic psychological thriller that has a lot going for it. The storyline is very small and diffuse in many ways. Always oscillating between both a love story and inescapable paranoia which does demand quite a bit from its audience.
The storytelling aspect of the plot is virtually non-existent. Okay, not really, but it does feel that way at certain points when you recognize that symbolism is everything.
Continue reading our Go/Don’t Go movie review below.
Slow-burn or slow-fizzle?
Let me be absolutely clear; No matter how much I have criticism for certain elements of this movie, I did really like it overall. In fact, it’s the kind of movie that stays with you. However, it does also require that you give it your full attention and allow yourself to be taken in by the world being shown.
Go/Don’t Go is most definitely a slow-burn, but I would almost go so far as to call it a slow-fizzle. We never truly get to the “burning” point in this story. Actually, we do get to witness an actual burning scene, but not in the sense of storytelling.
It’s like watching a sparkler. You can be completely engrossed with watching the tiny lightning bolts you’re holding in your hand and yet, you wouldn’t want to keep watching for 90 minutes. And that was ultimately my issue with this movie. I found myself being both completely immersed and yet I also got really impatient at times.
A genre-hybrid but mostly a drama
I do love a good genre-hybrid or even a genre-bender. Go ahead and start out as one thing and end up in a completely different genre. I am always here for that kind of movie. And yes, Go/Don’t Go is definitely a genre-hybrid since it has thriller, sci-fi, mystery, and drama elements.
However, I would claim that the sci-fi element is ultimately never really shown. Except for the lead character living in a world where he is completely alone. But if you expect a story along the lines of the post-apocalyptic zombie-drama Here Alone (2016), then you will be disappointed.
One way to explain Go/Don’t Go very accurately (without spoilers) could be this; Imagine watching the lead character in I Am Legend (2007) for a few weeks before the events of that movie. In other words, you’ll watch him when he is just going about his life and trying to create some form of normalcy. That’s what happens in Go/Don’t Go for the majority of the movie.
For the record, I do love I Am Legend, so it’s still a compliment of this new movie. In fact, I wouldn’t mind watching a movie where Robert Neville (Will Smith) was just trying to stay sane. But mostly because it would be a prequel to a story I know.
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Go/Don’t Go is written and directed by its star Alex Knapp. It’s also his debut as both a writer and director which is mind-baffling to me. It is one hell of a strong and ballsy debut that never backs down. The production quality is impeccable in ways I would never have expected of a “small” movie such as this.
Also, he does a wonderful job of starring in this movie which does have him alone in most scenes! Kudos to Alex Knapp on all aspects of making this movie.
Overall, I did find myself torn – which I’m sure this review reveals – since I both really liked it and still I felt in desperate need of all the “Enough” reaction gifs that came to mind. It has the most gorgeous visuals but it will definitely not be for everyone.
However, if you like movies that play with visuals, symbolism, and emotions, then I think you would have a very interesting and rewarding experience watching this movie. Also, while this movie is quite dark and depressing in some ways, it has moments and beauty and ends on a note of hope!
Go/Don’t Go is out on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Xbox, Vudu, Direct TV, Dish Network, and all major cable providers from January 12, 2021.
Director: Alex Knapp
Writer: Alex Knapp
Stars: Alex Knapp, Olivia Luccardi, Nore Davis, Bettina Skye, Tom Essig, Zoey Wagner.
After an unknown cataclysm, Adam (Alex Knapp) is alone. The sole inhabitant of a vacant, unchanged world, or so he thinks. While attempting to stay grounded in the desolate landscape, visions come to him—the fateful night his best friend Kyle (Nore Davis) introduces him to the love of his life, K (Olivia Luccardi).
As Adam’s mental state starts to unravel, he is plagued by lingering questions and uncertain realities about his world. His grip on what’s left starts to slip away—sending him spiraling towards a series of unforeseen consequences and unexpected truths.