Don’t Let Go Tries Hard, But It's Easy To Get Lost

There's so much going on that it's hard to keep up

Terri Lee-Sylvester
August 30, 2019 - 1:51 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) – “Don’t Let Go” tries hard, but there is so much going on in this movie that it’s hard to keep up.  And when a movie makes you think too much, it’s less fun to watch because you’re too busy trying to figure out what’s going on.  But, I’m still going to do my absolute best to explain the premise of this story.
Police Detective Jack Radcliffe is very close with his niece, Ashley.  In many ways, he’s a father figure to her because his brother, Bobby, is having trouble getting his life together.  After Bobby, his wife and Ashley are murdered - and at the funeral Jack wishes he could turn back time - he receives a phone call from Ashley.  That’s when he races to try and solve her murder before it happens.
Because time travel is involved and most of the events in this movie take place simultaneously, as mentioned previously, there’s a lot going on.  The story gets confusing, not to mention just completely unbelievable.
For example, Jack, even though he’s a police detective who should know better, goes searching for clues in an area of town that not even a police officer in his right mind would want to go into late at night.  And when Jack gets several obvious signs that he’s in the wrong place at the wrong time, he still doesn’t leave.  Then, he gets shot during a drive-by.  He manages to get into his car and he hightails it outta there, but instead of seeking medical treatment, he goes to the police department and heads straight to the evidence room looking for clues.  When he collapses and is rushed to the hospital, he makes a miraculous recovery.  And if that isn’t enough, he gets shot again, but still manages to stay at the top of his game and save the day, thanks to more unbelievable situations and a hard to follow turn of events.
While I found this movie very ambitious and creative, the only person I can really root for that’s connected to this project is the editor.  That’s because he somehow managed to make sense of it all.  My recommendation for moviegoers is to sit this one out and wait for it to become available on Amazon Prime or some other digital outlet.  Otherwise you’ll wish you had listened to me.
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