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Never Let Go (2015/Sony DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B Extras: D Film: C

Never Let Go (2015) is from the producers of Taken and is finally finding its way onto disc. The film follows a similar (predictable) narrative structure without the budget or star power of the Taken trilogy, which it tries to hard to mimic. When stripped of those things, the film feels more like a TV drama with similar cinematography that isn't necessarily bad but shakey, high key, and dramatic.

Never Let Go stars Angela Dixon (Hard Shoulder), Nigel Whitmey (London Has Fallen), and Lisa Elchorn (Cutter's Way), with Howard Ford directing.

Dealing with the sensitive subject of child abduction cases, the film wastes no time throwing you in the center of a child being taken. As the film states in early prefacing credits, when a child is kidnapped, the first three hours after the abduction are the most critical. After that, the chances of finding them grow more and more slim. Such is the case here, where a woman refuses to give up on her missing child no matter what it takes, what foreign country she has run through, or how long it takes to do it.

Centering around a woman named Lisa (Dixon), who travels to a third world country with her young baby, she finds out that is as bright of an idea as it sounds. Lisa's child gets abducted while on a beach stolen right next to her in broad daylight as she is distracted by a 'salesman'. Soon after, she rushes through the foreign city in an effort to get her back but ends up on a wild goose chase across the foreign land. Luckily, she knows martial arts, can run long distances without getting winded, and is an Atomic Blonde-style superhero (who has super senses and 'special training') so she has experience in this area. Also because of this, it's hard to feel too much for her because you know she's going to find the kid in the end anyway. Or does she?

Shot digitally, the film is presented in standard definition DVD with an anamorphic 1.78:1 aspect ratio and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. A film like this could really benefit from a good HD transfer and here the skin details are barely there and compression highly evident; all of which is to be expected from the aging, but still popular, DVD format.

No extras.

While not bad from a production standpoint, this one time watch is not without a few cool action scenes, but the quick cutting and close up shot constructed action sequences (like a Jason Bourne movie) doesn't necessary make it unique.

- James Lockhart



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