Posted on Friday, August 30th, 2019 by Steven Prokopy
The latest film starring actor David Oyelowo, Don’t Let Go, is a difficult one to categorize. And the odds are good that if you don’t try to, you might really end up finding it one of the more intriguing concepts of any film out there right now. In it, Oyelowo plays a police detective, whose brother (Brian Tyree Henry) and his family are murdered mysteriously, and shortly after this horrible crime, he receives a phone call from niece Ashley (Storm Reid, from A Wrinkle In Time), who was among those killed. Through circumstances that are thankfully never explained, Ashley is somehow calling from two weeks in the past and is therefore hopefully able to manipulate things with the help of her uncle to avoid being murdered.
Writer/director Jacob Estes leaves open the possibility that Oyelowo’s character has gone crazy from grief or maybe Ashley is nothing more than a ghost, but it genuinely seems like he has willed this situation out of extraordinary grief. The film began life at the Sundance Film Festival under the title Relive, and has since been reworked considerably, according to Oyelowo, to de-emphasize questions about the time travel elements of the story and focus more on family and the emotional weight of the proceedings.