Dont Let Go is a 2019 supernatural thriller from the same producers of “Get Out” as well as “Happy Death Day” and stars Storm Reid as Ashley Radcliffe and David Oyelowo as her nurturing uncle Jack Radcliffe.
The film begins after Ashley and her parents are brutally murdered and a saddening David starts to receive calls from Ashley but the calls are coming in from the past. David then begins fighting in present time to uncover the mystery behind the murder so that he can save his family. The film’s main plot line kicks into high gear pretty early as we are introduced to our two central characters. Within the first 15 minutes of the film, it manages to showcase the chemistry and bond between Jack and Ashley, as we learn that her parents can sometimes be quite absent from her life.
The film keeps livening up despite not showing the murder, leaving most of the story to be a guessing game which plays well for the overall suspense. As the film goes on, you can't help but feel an increasing rush of anxiety; never knowing how things will end or what will happen next. With twists and turns set-up throughout the film to keep you on the edge of your seat, this was definitely a great thriller to end your summer.
With emotional performances from the incredible Storm Reid as well as David Oyelowo, you can’t help but feel for these characters throughout all of the chaos they endure in this film. The performances managed to push the story to higher lengths, especially considering at certain points the movie pacing was considerably fact. Even with the fast paced structure, it was all brought together by the unique story line and interesting characters.
While also starring the incredibly talented Brian Tyree Henry as Garret Radcliffe, Ashley's dad and David's brother, his scenes in the film, though pretty short, were a great chance to see his talent utilized even with a smaller role. As the movie went on, the supernatural aspect of it was definitely utilized in a great way as well not being overdone. It did not overshadow the plot but instead used itself as a great device to push the story along.
Although some things may not have been explained in the ending, it still proves to be a great film with a fresh story and amazing acting. It's safe to say Blumhouse continues to raise the bar when it comes to their films.
Go see Don't Let Go if you’re in the mood for a true supernatural thriller with twists and turns that will have you bouncing on the edge of your seat. Make sure you bring someone along with you so when it becomes too much for you, you can whisper to them “Don’t Let Go.”
Echo Grade: B