Whatever “Mean Creek” director Jacob Estes was going for with “Don’t Let Go,” an experiment in “Memento” type writing structure, or a modern update of “Frequency,” it’s a spectacular failure.

“Don’t Let Go’s” foundation of a cop talking with his dead niece on a cell phone to solve her murder isn’t promising. “Don’t Let Go” requires more suspension of disbelief than most dramas, compounded with poor character development, resulting in a frustrating viewing experience.

Dustin Chase is a film critic and associate editor with Texas Art & Film, which is based in Galveston. Visit texasartfilm.com.

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