The Tangle

4.41 h 39 min2021X-Ray16+
In the near future the Tangle connects the world, eliminating all violence, so when the perfect murder is committed a secret government agency must solve an impossible crime, the first murder in California in three years.
Christopher Soren Kelly
Christopher Soren KellyNicole da SilvaJoshua Bitton
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Jessica GrahamAnil KumarMary Jane WellsBel Delia
Clark D.SchaeferJessica GrahamChristopher Soren Kelly
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3.1 out of 5 stars

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Ben P.Reviewed in the United States on April 21, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
A High School made, straight-to-streaming-video film
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Campy, emotionless, awkwardly-delivered acting performances underscore the terrible writing of this feature. It is unfortunate that the author, director, sound editor, and cinematographer received the amount of attention they did whilst delivering such drivel on screen.

Thought provoking mind benders are fun and exciting, and while promising something resembling this, "The Tangle" falls short in nearly every respect. It romanticizes returning to old-timey themes, décor, or costumes, but gives the audience recycled backrooms and overly pushed dialogue of afterthoughts. There is no justification as to why this piece of art won it's rewards, and I am tempted personally to dig into their meaning. It would be interesting reading to see if ANY of the awards listed have real validity in the film industry.

"The Tangle" interprets the real life startup company Neuralink and every other brain-machine interface corporation to be the centerpiece of the movie. This makes sense, and rings true with other recently (well made) films, yet leaves you: rubbing your temples, sighing loudly, rolling your eyes, and face palming dozens of times too many. If you want a thought provoking mind bender, try "Tenet," "Oblivion," or "Arrival." Don't waste your money on "The Tangle," catch it on Netflix if you want a great representation of a final college project, (sub thesis... or at least I certainly pray this was not for a "Master's Degree" in anything).
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JimmyReviewed in the United States on March 27, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Total waste of nearly 2 hours of my life.
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What? I think they were trying to be super cool, I guess?
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Terry623Reviewed in the United States on May 24, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
couldn't finish it
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maybe it got better after the half hour mark, but I couldn't keep going. i was rooting for this movie to work, but there were simply too many times when someone explained something that made no sense in overcooked dialogue that was not funny or resonant. hard boiled dialogue works when it is rooted in character; this felt like it was rooted in screenwriterly "wit" — i feel guilty giving such a low rating to an independent film, as more of them should be made, but this felt like a misfire from the first moment. the logline is still interesting, but if you're going to promise a world where "no one could possibly commit a murder" then you can't then reveal in the first 20 minutes a million ways that murder could've been committed
24 people found this helpful
MazeReviewed in the United States on March 19, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Murder Mystery for fans of PK Dick and Aldous Huxley!
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I just finished watching this and I can't even begin to explain how I am feeling, without spoilers that I don't want to give. At its core, its a whodunit murder mystery in a future that is utopian/dystopian and I still can't decide which. I'm leaning toward dystopian but the fact that I can't decide is just one of the many conundrums that surface while watching! The only thing I can be sure of is that murder is bad and I'm glad to report that the film didn't make me question that fact, even if I understood the reason behind why it happened, and the motivation behind it.
Look, if you like PK Dick novels (and inspired films), Aldous Huxley, and yes, even the concepts of the Matrix, then this is the movie for you. Christopher Soren Kelly (Ink, Infinity Chamber [<-check them out too!]) wrote, directed, and starred in the film. The tight story telling and visual richness is executed with artistry and love. In terms of the cast, Joshua Bitton's performance utterly reeled me in and along with the writing really had me second-guessing what was going to happen next.
I'm a bit of a sap when watching movies, but there were several moments that I teared up and I can't even really explain why. The only thing I can say (without spoilers) is that there is a visceral quality to The Tangle that unfolds itself a little at a time.
Some final caveats: this is a lower budget film so don't expect summer blockbuster effects (or pacing for that matter). But what they do have looks fantastic and works well with the setting. There are some moments where the exposition is a bit heavy, but honestly the complexity of the sci-fi world of The Tangle has to be explained for it to work, so just sit tight and pay attention, and it will be worth it!
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Eddie HReviewed in the United States on March 24, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
My mind is entangled with The Tangle!
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The Tangle is one of those rare films that, following the very first viewing, deserves several more spaced out with just enough time in between to allow your brain to come to terms before the next. The premise opens up many possibilities for deeper branching of side stories, character development, and chronological continuation. It's a baseline for an alternate ( it?) reality in which the very notion of "self" is tested. The screenplay dialogue is eloquently crafted and each character's emotional display genuine.

Laurel and Edward's conflicted relationship will have you constantly questioning your empathy toward each, and Carter's escalating psychological distress your very own. The polarization between all characters creates a tense and urgent atmosphere that keeps you wondering if there's such a thing as heroes and villains, or are we all simply victims of our own demise?

The film is dialogue-heavy which makes it more an emotionally-visceral and intellectual experience rather than a visual one but does make use of tasteful and subtle special effects in order to enhance the story when needed, mostly during flashback scenes. The overall setting is one somewhere between a dystopian and utopian society. Which one is it, truly? The Tangle's journey will keep you suspended on an imaginative plane of thought, pondering that very question long after it is over on screen but definitely not in our mind.
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SquatterReviewed in the United States on March 22, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Don't rent this movie - BUY IT
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I mean that DON'T RENT THIS MOVIE - buy it because you will want to watch it a few times to catch the little things you will miss. Thriller, action, detective all set in film noir, with a COVID twist and a twist of Black Mirror..... What I love about a movie is when I can't figure out the end about halfway through - and I didn't get it all till the end!

Josh Bitton does an amazing job in his role. As well as Christopher Kelly, Jessica Graham & Nicole da Silva - the whole cast was great.

I am glad I bought it, because i will be watching it again and again.
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Wallace GuyReviewed in the United States on April 17, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
I had to watch it twice
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I hated it the first time, getting about as much out of it as I did watching Eraserhead. It didn't help that I was sleepy. Don't watch this when you are sleepy, unless you want to just get confused and fall asleep. I guess it's pretty good for that.

It's a SciFi Noir Murder Whodunnit. I've never seen a movie like that. Just for the genre merging aspect of the movie I'm glad I watched it.

It's clean. By that I mean, the The Tangle is really the only SciFi concept in the movie The Tangle. It's kind of meta that way. Start with The Matrix. Simplify the agents. Simplify the machines. Make more nuanced Christ comparisons. Make the war abstract. Greatly simplify the oracle stuff. Boil The Matrix down to its essential elements, turn it into SciFi Noir, and you start to approach The Tangle. Both movies make phones a thing.

They chose the actors well. You have to listen to a lot of talking. The movie is pretty much nothing but talking. Not much action, so you have to like listening to the voices a lot. Which I did! Maybe it was good sound editing, maybe it was actors chosen for their voices, maybe it was the script, but the voices really carried me. I liked the sound of the movie. And since most movie sounds these days consist of a lot of explosions and macho yelling, this was refreshing. Use good headphones.

The plot was interesting enough. The reveal wasn't "I see dead people" shocking, but I didn't see it coming from the opening credits, either. The people were credible. At no time did I go oh, "Oh, come on, don't be stupid!". It evolved at a good pace ... slow pace, but natural pace. I still had questions at the end, but it wasn't 'Solaris WTF!?!?' level hanging. It answered the big questions and left a little for the imagination. Nicely self contained.
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TamsinReviewed in the United States on March 21, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Twisty, enigmatic, thoughtful sci-fi
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This is a film about a high-tech future made without the use of any of the technology usually ubiquitous in such films. The title is many layered in its meanings. Superficially, it is the name of the virtual reality that most of the people of the world live in. But it also describes the convolutions swirling around the murder at the center of the film, the script, which sometimes waxes philosophic or poetic (even aside from the actual poetry), and the timeline, which we move up and down such that some scenes are quite enigmatic until everything falls into place and comes into focus at the end. This is not a film to watch while you are also checking your phone. Your attention is required. I actually watched it twice in fairly rapid succession to make sure I hadn't missed anything.
I do recommend it.
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