Don't Let Go (2019 film)

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Don't Let Go
Don't Let Go 2019 film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJacob Aaron Estes
Produced by
Screenplay byJacob Aaron Estes
Story by
Music byEthan Gold
CinematographySharone Meir
Edited by
  • Scott D. Hansen
  • Billy Fox
Distributed by
Release date
  • January 27, 2019 (2019-01-27) (Sundance)
  • August 30, 2019 (2019-08-30) (United States)
Running time
107 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$5 million[1]
Box office$4.7 million[1]

Don't Let Go is a 2019 American supernatural horror thriller film directed by Jacob Aaron Estes and written by Estes, from a story by Estes and Drew Daywalt. The film stars David Oyelowo, Storm Reid, Byron Mann, Mykelti Williamson and Shinelle Azoroh. Jason Blum serves as a producer through his Blumhouse Productions banner, alongside Bobby Cohen and Oyelowo.[2]

The film premiered under the title Relive at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2019.[3] It was released on August 30, 2019, by OTL Releasing, BH Tilt and Briarcliff Entertainment.[4]


The movie starts with Jack Radcliff, a homicide detective, picking up his niece Ashley from a theater after her parents had forgotten. It is shown that she has a strong dislike for her father Garret due to his bipolar disorder and past years of drug abuse. Jack then convinces his brother to straighten up, however, the next day he receives a phone call from Ashley that comments on how Garret "got an ear-full" from Jack, however, a few hours later she calls again begging for help. Jack races to their home to find his entire family dead, but he finds his brother in his bedroom with a box full of cocaine beside him, having apparently killed his wife, Ashley, and himself in a rage. Ashley is shown dead in the bathroom, hiding in the shower having apparently been shot by her father in his suicidal rage. Jack blames himself, thinking that his chastising of Garret sparked this murder-suicide.

Two weeks later, he receives a phone call, but from Ashley, who is still alive. It is soon revealed that she is calling him from the past. Jack realizes that changing events in her timeline, changes his own, which re-writes the past.

Jack decides to covertly help her re-arrange events in her life in the hope of preventing the murder-suicide. Without frightening her, by not letting Ashley know about the murder, but it quickly becomes apparent that Garret was not responsible for the attack and in fact, he was a victim of the murder along with his family. Jack and his partner, another homicide detective named Bobby, begin to uncover evidence of an underground network of drug dealing cops working for an unknown figure called "Georgie". Garret's old connections to the drug underworld finally catches up with him, leading Georgie to collect some old debts and kill Garret and his family.

It at first seems that Roger Lee, a belligerent Internal Affairs agent, is working for "Georgie" but his involvement is unclear, however, someone must be involved beyond just one person because twice operatives for "Georgie" tried to kill Jack. In one instance, it appears they almost succeeded, but the effects of time travel saved him at the last moment as Ashley unwittingly altered the past and prevented him from ending up dead in a gunfight with "Georgie's" foot soldiers.

As they decipher more and more of what is truly going on, and Ashley realizes that she is somehow communicating with Jack from an alternate timeline, it seems that Howard, Jack and Bobby's boss and chief detective, is behind the entire operation. But things take a turn for the worse when Howard is killed and Bobby is revealed to be the real man behind the "Georgie" operation since "Georgie" isn't a single person but a group which Bobby is the hired gun of.

Bobby, in the past, has become alerted to Ashley's peering into his affairs and comes to kill her and her family as before. A fight erupts in both timelines between Jack and Bobby and between a past version of Bobby and Ashley, with the past version of Bobby killing Ashley's parents in front of her, but she eventually manages to escape to a past version of Jack. He shoots Bobby in the past just in time and suddenly the two timelines re-align: the future Bobby vanishes in a flash, seconds before he was about to kill Jack two weeks in the future, and that entire timeline is erased. Ashley is in tears and Jack comforts her as they wonder what to do now, having finally re-aligned and merged the timelines. Now they're the only ones with the memory of the previous world.



On April 17, 2017, it was announced that David Oyelowo was starring and executive producing the film with Jacob Aaron Estes writing and directing.[5] On July 18, 2017, it was announced that Storm Reid is co-starring with Oyelowo.[6] On July 25, 2017, it was announced that Brian Tyree Henry, Alfred Molina and Mykelti Williamson are also starring in the film.[7]

Principal photography on the film began in July 2017.[8]


Don't Let Go was released on August 30, 2019.[4]


Box office[edit]

The film made $2.4 million from 922 theaters in its opening weekend, finishing in 14th.[9]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 39% based on 72 reviews, with an average rating of 4.91/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "While admirably intelligent and well-cast, Don't Let Go suffers from a formulaic approach compounded by its uneven writing and an awkward tonal balance."[10] On Metacritic, the film has a which uses a weighted average score of 51 out of 100, based on 19 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[11] Audiences polled by PostTrak gave the film an average 3 out of 5 stars, with 46% saying they would definitely recommend it to a friend.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Don't Let Go (2019)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  2. ^ Miska, Brad (April 18, 2017). "'Mean Creek' Director Time Travels in 'Only You'". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  3. ^ Debruge, Peter (2018-11-28). "Sundance Film Festival Unveils 2019 Features Lineup". Variety. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  4. ^ a b D'Alessandro, Anthony (July 10, 2019). "Blumhouse Tilt, Universal OTL & Briarcliff Entertainment Team To Release Supernatural Thriller 'Don't Let Go'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  5. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (April 17, 2017). "David Oyelowo Boards Blumhouse's Jacob Estes Project 'Only You'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  6. ^ McNary, David (July 18, 2017). "'A Wrinkle in Time' Star Storm Reid Joins David Oyelowo in Blumhouse Thriller 'Only You'". Variety. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  7. ^ Kit, Borys (July 25, 2017). "Brian Tyree Henry, Alfred Molina Join Blumhouse Thriller 'Only You' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  8. ^ Miska, Brad (July 26, 2017). "Several More Time Travel to 'Only You'". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  9. ^ a b D'Alessandro, Anthony (September 1, 2019). "'Angel Has Fallen' Still In Flight At Sluggish Labor Day Box Office With $16M+ 4-Day – Friday Night Update". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  10. ^ "Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  11. ^ "Don't Let Go reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 30, 2019.

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