Go For Sisters
Starring: Edward James Olmos, LisaGay Hamilton, Yolonda Ross
Directed by: John Sayles
Run Time: 123 mins
Genre: Crime/ Drama/ Thriller
Opens December 13th
By Lisa Minzey of The Reel Critic.com
Another film opening this week in limited release is the gritty crime thriller “Go For Sisters” starring Edward James Olmos, LisaGay Hamilton and Yolonda Ross. the latest film from acclaimed two-time Academy Award nominated screenwriter and filmmaker John Sayles (Lone Star, Passion Fish). So how does this stack up to his previous work in terms of storytelling? Read on to find out.
Parole Officer Bernice (LisaGay Hamilton) has seen and heard it all in her line of work. Normally a by-the-book type of gal, Bernice’s no nonsense approach is what sets her apart from the others as a great officer. That is until her newest assignee, the newly release-from-prison Fontayne Campbell (Yolanda) comes back into her life. Friends in high school, Bernice and Fontayne were thick as thieves until Bernice’s boyfriend went after Fontayne, thus destroying the friendship.
Bernice was going to be requesting a reassignment for Fontayne since there is a personal conflict, but when Bernice’s son goes missing, and a possible murder suspect, she enlists Fontanes help to find him. With Fontayne's previous connections to the drug world, they hire the help of a man whom in his law enforcement days was known as “The Terminator”, Freddy Suarez (Edward James Olmos). Together they must figure out who took Bernice’s son or else he will continue to come back in pieces from the men who took him. Can Bernice set aside her ethical standards to find her son? Or will the past be too much of an issue for Bernice to handle?
For what could be considered a modern day version of “Thelma & Louise” meets “Jackie Brown” with more comical quips, “Go For Sisters” takes a while to get going in terms of story pacing. Much of the character set up takes a good third of the movie, which in retrospect, isn’t all that relevant to the whole story. The performances were decent but felt forced and awkward in some scenes, but the context and themes in the story make it compelling enough to watch as it takes the viewer on a ride to the underbelly of the shadowy side of Mexico, Los Angeles and the Sonoran desert. You be the judge when “Go For Sisters” opens at Harkins Superstition Springs 25 starting Friday December 13, 2013.