Title: We Go On (Fantasia 2016 review)

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Year: 2016

Genre: Drama / Thriller / Horror

Language: English

Runtime: 89 min

Director: Jesse Holland & Andy Mitton

Writer: Andy Mitton & Jesse Holland

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3904278/

There is only one thing going through Miles Grissom's head: death. His fear of death paralyzes him from many things that other people don't even consider. To put an end to this, Miles puts up an ad in the local paper that he wants someone who show him proof that there is something more after death. He gets a ton of candidates contacting him with letters, phone calls and videos, and he filters it down to the 3 most believable, and starts his search for the truth.

Our thoughts:
Directors/writers Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton have been working as a duo for some time now, with things like 2010's "YellowBrickRoad", and one of the segments in "Chilling Visions: 5 Senses of Fear" (which I reviewed some time ago). Unfortunately I did not like their segment in said anthology, but they more than redeemed themselves with their new horror-inspired drama "We Go On". As the title suggests, this is a much more thoughtful and subtle style of a ghost movie than you are used to.

Miles Grissom can't drive. He can't even be in a car, and he tries to stay away from anything else that might harm him. He is close to paralyzed by his fear of death, and it's something that has ruined his life. He decides that there is only one way to get rid of the fear. He needs to know for sure that there is something more after the end of your life. Whether it means that you go to another place, are reborn, or stay here as a ghost, he needs to know. He puts out an ad asking for someone to show him the truth - whatever that truth might be. He is willing to pay good money for it. Once Miles has gone through all the applications, he has it down to just a few people. They all seem to have a different truth to show, but they all seem to be equally sincere in their belief. The three consists of a scientist, a medium and an engineer.

What I really like about "We Go On" is that there are creepy moments, but it's always driven by emotion. When Miles has seen the truth and can't seem to get away from it, the movie doesn't resort to relentless killing by ghosts - it's about a man struggling to get back to his regular life. The movie blends the supernatural with drama in a really intriguing way, and it doesn't let that go even when we finally see "the other side". It would have been too easy to just let the movie grow into a horror movie from there. There were times when the movie reminded me of "Stir of Echoes".

It is not the most original use of ghosts in a drama/thriller, but despite some predictable moments, "We Go On" has a good amount of surprises in store and it never gets boring because of it. It's a slow movie but not one that stands still. It's telling a compelling story about a struggle I can personally relate to (the fear of dying). I have some minor nitpicking with parts of the ending, but it's not something I will go through in the review. It's nothing that made the movie any less solid, though. If you get a chance to see it then you should give it a shot. It's a curious blend of emotional and chilling.

Positive things:
- Great atmosphere.
- It doesn't grow into full horror, which is great.
- Clark Freeman is well cast as the sympathetic man going up against his fears.
- Most of the characters are a fun addition to the movie. Annette O'Toole deserves a special mention as Miles' mother!

Negative things:
- A bit predictable at times.
- Some parts at the end that could've been handled differently, but it's nitpicking really.

Nudity: 0/5
Story: 3/5
Effects: 3/5
Comedy: 1/5

We watched this movie thanks to:
Fantasia International Film Festival 2016

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