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Don't Let Go

Writer and director Jacob Estes (The Details) is back with Don’t Let Go, a new film that's part thriller and part mystery and follows Los Angeles detective Jack Radcliff (David Oyelowo) as he investigates the murder of his brother, sister-in-law, and beloved niece, Ashley (brilliantly played by Storm Reid). Things intensify when he starts receiving phone calls from Ashley, who says she’s calling several days before the murder. This sends Jack off on a mission to not only solve the case but attempt to prevent the murder from happening in Ashley’s time line. The film effectively builds on the suspense from the mysterious phone calls and alternate time lines, but it fails to bring nuance and depth to any of the other scenes or revelations in the film, like the identity of the murderer or the strained relationship between Jack and his brother, a drug dealer. Nonetheless, for genre fans not yet burnt out by time-travel spectacles, Don’t Let Go might be worth the watch.

Credits

Director:

  • Jacob Estes

Cast:

  • David Oyelowo
  • Storm Reid
  • Mykelti Williamson
  • Alfred Molina
  • Brian Tyree Henry
  • Shinelle Azoroh

Writers:

  • Drew Daywalt
  • Jacob Estes

Producers:

  • Couper Samuelson
  • David Oyelowo
  • Eric B. Fleischman
  • Gerard DiNardi
  • Jason Blum
  • Jeanette Brill
  • Phillip Dawe
  • Ryan Turek

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