Go

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This so-called "technique" is supposed to make "Go" somehow unique, yet all it does is take violence and humor and smash them together like a toddler trying to make a peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich.

I'd just like to point out that telling a story from several different points of view isn't so much an artistic coup as a bureaucratic one. Plenty of people think about telling stories in bizarre ways every day, but rarely does anybody finance such crap as a feature film venture. This is because your average viewer has all the attention span of Pamela Anderson reading Dostoevsky.

This so-called "technique" is supposed to make "Go" somehow unique, yet all it does is take violence and humor and smash them together like a toddler trying to make a peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich. The result is about as original.

Because everything is happening to all the characters at the same time, director Doug ("Swingers") Liman tells the story from three separate points of view, revolving around the supermarket where several of the subjects work. There's Ronna (Sarah Polley), Claire (Katie Holmes) and Simon (Desmond Askew), who are clerks there. Then there are Adam (Scott Wolf) and Zack (Jay Mohr), who come into the store looking to score some Ecstasy.

This type of film is flooded with bizarre people who are all either doing drugs or brandishing weapons. They're also eccentrics of the first order, which is always necessary in a movie like this because nobody is going to put up with weird storytelling if the people aren't whacked out of their minds. This is supposed to be funny and exciting -- as if getting wasted, hit by cars, and shot are just hysterical. What is turns out to be is just another case of somebody -- screenwriter or director -- who's been living in Los Angeles just a little bit too long.

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