Starring: David Oyelowo, Storm Reid, Mykelti Williamson, Byron Mann, Alfred Molina
Director: Jacob Estes
Release date: 27th September 2019
Ashley (Storm Reid) is a young teenage girl, who is very close to her uncle Jack (David Oyelowo) and he has given her a phone so that if she’s ever in trouble or just needs a shoulder to cry on, she can call him for help. One day he gets a really weird but frantic phonecall from Ashley and this prompts him to go straight over to her family house to see what’s going on. He arrives to find the front door open and a bloodbath inside; Ashley and her parents have all been murdered. Jack is devastated by the events and vows to find out what happened… A few days later Jack receives a phone call and it’s Ashley’s number that comes up on the screen. He’s shocked but answers the call, not knowing what to expect. It’s Ashley, phoning to say hi! Jack can’t believe it’s her, particularly after seeing her dead body just a few days ago. He asks her questions about what day it is and she tells him that it’s four days previous. He’s in total shock but it’s not long before he realises that he might be able to do something to change the timeline….
What could be seen as a weird concept for a movie actually works pretty well as a story. With the fantastic acting talents of David Oyelowo (A United Kingdom, Selma, The Butler) at the forefront, he adds a real sense of desperation and determination to the story. With a relatively small cast of characters in the story, you might possibly work out who’s responsible for what quite quickly but it’s a lot of fun going on the journey with them. Plus Alfred Molina’s in it!
If you tried to explain the concept of this movie to someone, I’d say they would probably think you were joking but it’s actually really good and I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. As I said, the calibre of lead actors is really great and this is why you should try and give it a watch. It’s not going to break any box office records but it’s entertaining and you will spend a lot of time wondering who the baddie actually is.
‘Don’t Let Go’ is a good movie to watch on a night out with your mates. You’ll definitely have plenty to talk about after you’ve watched it.