Don’t Let Go

Theatrical Release: August 30, 2019
Don’t Let Go
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faith
integrity
sex
language
violence
drugs
nudity
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Synopsis

After a man’s family dies in what appears to be a murder, he gets a phone call from one of the dead, his niece. He’s not sure if she’s a ghost or if he’s going mad, but as it turns out, he’s not.

Dove Review

Dove Review:

L.A. cop Jack Radcliff (David Oyelowo) knows that his brother has a drug-looming past, but when dues must be paid, Jack’s niece, Ashley (Storm Reid), is caught in the crossfire and pays the ultimate price.

Jack begs God for a second chance to undo Ashley’s death, and just when it seems that his drunken prayer is falling on deaf ears, Jack immediately receives a phone call from his dead niece. The first few phone calls spook Jack, prodding him to revisit the crime scene and overthink his sanity.

But, once Jack realizes that Ashley is calling from two weeks into the past, he realizes that he has the chance to use his current knowledge of the murder to re-order her steps and save her future.

Several bloody crime scenes—mixed with typical gang-banger violence, language, and drugs—aren’t appropriate for young audiences, but Don’t Let Go plays themes of loyalty, sacrifice and the pursuit of truth and justice, which earns this film Dove approval for 18+.

The Dove Take:

When Jack is given the second chance to save his niece’s life, he must simultaneously use the past, present, and future to dictate her safety, which undoubtedly calls for thrilling violence and language that aren’t suitable for young audiences.

Content Description

Faith: Jack says that people say they are praying for him. He prays to God for a second chance to protect his niece.
Integrity: Jack fights to protect his innocent niece, sacrificing his own safety. Though the past caught up with him, Jack's brother had straightened out his life and refocused on mending his family and protecting them. Dirty cops and bad guys brought to justice
Sex: None
Language: F-5, S-2, A-2, H-2, D-1; mild name-calling, ie. "screw-up"; reference to "kissing butt"
Violence: Gory, blood-splattered home visited multiple times; victims sitting in their own blood; people are shot, but the camera typically shifts away beforehand. Ashley's dad is beaten with a bat. Gang-banger gun violence; gunshot wounds
Drugs: Prescription pills seen but not abused; Ashley's mom has a glass of wine, Jack gets drunk on liquor in one scene; Vodka bottles at crime scene; Jack finds an open bag of cocaine in his brother's room
Nudity: Ashley's mom wears cleavage-revealing clothes.
Other: Ashley makes a joking reference about Jack being a fortune teller.

Info

Company: Blumhouse
Director: Jacob Estes
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 103 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Peyton G.