Entanglement (2017)

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A young man searching for the meaning of his existence finds an unexpected source of happiness in this indie dramedy from director Jason James.

Ben Layten is on the brink of insanity. Having lost his wife and not getting along well with his parents, he seems to be done with himself. After a failed suicide attempt, Ben decides to create a timeline to his life. One day while at the pharmacy for his medicine, he comes across a mysterious young woman who steals some sunglasses and offers him her number. When Ben’s father has a heart attack, he learns that the day his mom was pregnant with him, they actually had adopted a baby girl but gave her back.

Learning he almost had a sister, Ben tracks her down and finds Hanna, the same woman who he met at the pharmacy. The soon forge a bond that goes beyond the brink of becoming more than “almost siblings”. This comes in conflict with Ben’s friend and neighbor Tabby, who has felt something for Ben but is afraid to tell him. As Ben and Hanna grow closer upon learning they are connected, Ben soon learns a dark truth about his new love that is sure to change his life forever.

A very interesting tale of how we are all connected as we search for the meaning of existence, this film really brings one man’s search for the meaning of not just life, but his life. The script by Jason Filiatrault really brings to mind a sense of both insanity, sorrow, and the use of an interesting timeline that veers off in different branches as many events happen in our central character’s life.

In the role of the embittered Ben is Thomas Middleditch, who kids will recognize as the voice of Harold in the very funny Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. However, Middleditch is the driving force of the film as a man who thinks he lost it all and after failing to kill himself, decides to give himself a quest for the meaning of his life. He’s constantly finding himself challenged, especially with his divorced parents, who tell him about his “almost” sister. Ben’s parents are truly not going to win the Parents of the Year.

Jess Weixler is great as Hanna, Ben’s “almost” sister who helps Ben find the meaning of happiness. When Ben and Hanna get together, we see Ben in a world he has not faced either ever or even in a long time. While Diana Bang’s Tabby seems to be the best friend who has a crush on and is afraid to tell him, the film’s focus is more on the connection of quantum entanglement (hence the title) between Ben and Hanna. In what is even more interested to show their relationship, there are instances where the film will combine live action with animation. In one instance, Ben and Hanna are looking at animated deer in the park and in another, where they break into a pool, they find themselves swimming underwater with animated jellyfish. However, it is the film’s twist in the third act that is quite jaw-dropping and when all is revealed, it is sure to change everything, making this a great indie drama.

Entanglement is a delightful look at a miserable man, his search for the meaning of his life, and the unexpected happiness he finds that will change his life forever, all driven by great performances by Thomas Middleditch and Jess Weixler.

WFG RATING: B+

Dark Star Pictures present a Goodbye Productions Film. Director: Jason James. Producers: Jason James and Amber Ripley. Writer: Jason Filiatrault. Cinematography: James Liston. Editing: Jamie Alain, Gareth C. Scales, and Christopher Watson.

Cast: Thomas Middleditch, Jess Weixler, Diana Bang, Johannah Newmarch, Marilyn Norry, Randal Edwards, Jena Skodje, Shauna Johannesen, Nicole LaPlaca.

Dark Star Pictures will release this film in select theaters, VOD, and Digital HD on February 9, 2018.

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