If I had to name one movie that was clearly influenced by Pulp Fiction it would be Go. Go features several story lines all told apart but which are all tied together through one supermarket where all the people work. The opening scene which triggers the events for three different story lines is repeated at the beginning of each segment, each time taken from another point of view.
The story lines revolve around a couple of young people working in a supermarket. There’s Simon, a small time local drug dealer going to Vegas for a weekend where he gets into trouble with some gangster after being a bit to touchy during a lap dance in the champagne room. Because he’s in Vegas his co-worker Ronna, who has money problems, takes over his shift and when the opportunity presents itself she goes out to make a quick buck by also taking over his drug business not knowing her customers are part of a police sting. And there are the two customers who have their own reasons for participating and eventually end up at a meal with head of the operation Burke and his wife Irene who seem to be in for some kinky sex with multiple people.
Go is one of those discovery movies like Mallrats. It didn’t do much at the box office and was released on video overseas. I stumbled upon it when a friend gave me a copy saying it was a good movie. And he was right, it really is a pretty good movie. Not as good as Pulp Fiction but still pretty good. And I must admit when you have the feeling you discover something you’re so over-enthusiast that you rate it higher than it actually deserves. Go was one of those movies, just like Fucking Amal.
A recent repeated viewing put me back on my feet and showed me a really funny and fast paced movie that has some surprises up its sleeve, but also now is a nice document of the 90s. It has raves, ecstasy, and a champagne room before Chris Rock made a track about it.
The whole three-story segment does feel a little forced though, but in the end it does work. The movie has a pretty large cast, some of which have moved on to bigger things after that. Timothy Olyphant is a well known face now, as is Rachel Holmes. Director Doug Liman gives his second big movie a nice look and a good atmosphere. The cast is decent, but there are no memorable performances to be found, though Olyphant does chew his scenery.
Too bad this movie is still little known.