Don’t Make Me Go – PRIME VIDEO


Though Don’t Make Me Go is what Prince William hears most often from his children when he tells them that Uncle Andrew is having party here it’s also what Wally (Mia Isaac) the daughter of Max (John Cho) wants to tell him when he suggests they go on a road trip. Telling her it to both go to his college reunion it’s also to visit her mother who had left them both when she was a little girl.  17 years old, fiercely independent and understandably resentful of her mother she’s reluctant to go. What teenager wants to drive across America with their Dad who has an ulterior motive because unknown to Wally is that Max has been recently been diagnosed with an aggressive bone cancer where an operation has a 20% survival rate and that the film starts with Wally’s voiceover hinting at how this story will end this would seem to be heading firmly into tear inducing mode. For Max this is a chance to bond with his single minded daughter before she meets her mum who will inevitably have to look after her.

Like all road movies Don’t Make Me Go is one that will see a relationship and understanding develop between the parties with a father-daughter relationship at the very heart of the film. And as the tropes of the genre dictate they will each learn life lessons from each other as both the film and their character arc reach their destination. John Cho is his customary excellent self as the father of a daughter ( see also our review of his film ‘Searching’ )in another role that firmly puts any memories of the Harold & Kumar films firmly in the rear view mirror.For Mia Isaac this is her first feature film lead having only appeared in a couple of short films previously and is very good in a role that sees her broaching that awkward not-a-girl-not-yet-an-adult part of her life juggling with her emotions for another student who treats her as potential bed post notch fodder and a casual fling when it suits him. Both besotted and regularly betrayed by him she is a little girl lost and will soon have little choice but to grow up perhaps far quicker than she might expect when she learns of her father’s news

Directed by Hannah Brooks herself actress with a large back catalogue but who has been directing for quite some while served well by the #TimesUp movement and is destined for bigger productions. Though it is not quite the tearjerker it wants to be this is a nicely shot small scale human drama about living life to the fullest

We spoke to director Hannah Marks about the making of the film……

Here’s the Don’t Make Me Go trailer HERE……


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