Entanglement – 10 City Theatrical Opening and VOD 9th Feb
Bravo Jason James you played my heart like a cheap fiddle this time…
Director : Jason James
Writer: Jason Filiatrault
Cast: Thomas Middleditch, Jess Weixler, Diana Bang
Back in my video shop days (I have mentioned that before right?) I used to love finding what I would call movie Gems. You know the movies that you never saw a trailer for, never saw them near the cinema they just kind of arrived in your store and you were immediately drawn to them. Some examples off the top of my head could be the likes of Mean Creek, Donnie Darko, Napolean Dynamite, Bubba Ho Tep or any number of others. The thing that always got me into them was the unassuming box cover and that one actor that made you go OOOOOOO I like him.
Entanglement struck me as one of those movies that while looking hugely unassuming was going to surprise the crap out of me.
The named actor in question is Thomas Middleditch from TVs Silicon Valley. If you gave that show more than a couple of episodes you would know that yes he does has some great comedy chops BUT can also play the serious scenes just aswell, not to mention his keen grasp of dialogue. With this movie he really stretches his range to deliver a knockout performance.
Ben Layten (Middleditch) is searching for the meaning of his existence, after numerous failed suicides he begins to wonder where it all went wrong for him? what life choice led him down this path?. Upon learning his mum and dad hid an almost adopted sister (yes almost) from him, he begins to wonder if that was the point his life deviated from its course. He embarks on a quest to find his would be sister Hanna (Jess Weixler) but what he discovers when he does find her is true love???. Of course this complicates things no end as Ben starts to discover that everything in his life may just be way more connected than he could ever of imagined.
Not only is this movie very well written superbly executed and beautifully acted but it manages to hit you on practically every level. From the somber and sad opening of the suicide to the unpredictable happy go lucky nature of his life upon meeting Hanna and the gut punching 3rd act. I F****** loved this movie and was absolutely mesmerized by the two leads in the last 20 minutes of this film.
Director Jason James and Writer Jason Filiatrault have brought something special to the table with this one. what at times could be taken as strange choices are actually striking visuals that add so much heart to the movie and what come across as little throwaway lines or scenes are hugely important.
As you can tell this is a strong recommend from me. Thomas Middleditch and Jess Weixler are superb in the roles and put it all out there in a movie that has so many layers I will be taking a second watch to peel them back. Weixler especially has a hard job to do in this movie as the audience your not really sure how to feel about this sexy siren and she treads that fine line (personally I loved her from word one). The supporting cast all put in strong performances with a special mention for Diana Bang as Tabby she provides the right amount of humor and acts as the audiences compassion to our male lead.
I laughed at this movie, I had a huge lump in my throat with this movie and while I don’t want to give anything away there is a certain scene atop a diving board that is… Beautiful!!! I cant remember the last time all the hairs on the back of my neck stood up.
Here is a list of where you can catch the 10 City Theatrical run 2/9/18 via Dark Star Pictures.
The film will be screening in cities including :