Ben Layten (Thomas Middleditch) an out-of-work recent divorcee who despite his various attempts can’t even kill himself correctly. After another failed suicide Ben learns that he may have almost had a sister when he was younger when his parents were close to adoption before his mother became pregnant with him. This gives Ben a new purpose in life to track down his could-have-been sister and gain some meaning in his unfulfilled life.
When Ben finds who he believes is his sister (Jess Weixler) instead of getting to know each other in a brother and sister kind of way, their relationship blossoms into something far deeper. This whole idea of particle entanglement is weaved through the story, the whole idea that two people are so connected that mere coincidences that draw them together aren’t really coincidences at all. It’s all meant to be, it’s all meant to happen. An almost scientific explanation of serendipity.
Struggling with depression, hallucinations and mental illness Entanglement tries to weave in and out of Bens mental state whilst focusing on the task at hand. Entanglement is a charming and ultimately fun adventure but somehow still feels unsure of itself despite a rather interesting plot twist as the film draws to a close. One I certainly didn’t see coming, despite the various hints (I’m super tired).
With the introduction of animations including stop-motion deer in the woods, or jellyfish illuminating a local swimming pool, I thought the filmmakers were trying to project a sense of happiness that has been sorely missing from Ben’s life as of late, an almost fairytale-like representation of what he hopes his life could be like one day. Instead, the film takes a different direction but yet the child-like animations and playful visuals do hint at a future that Ben still dreams to have one day, if albeit off his ultra strong medication and without the unforeseen (for me) twist.
Whilst the movie is highly enjoyable I can’t help but feel like I still don’t know Ben at all. We are given no information other than the drip fed miserable highlights of his life since birth. Maybe it’s all for a reason, maybe our own particle entanglements allow us to raise our own questions about Ben to become connected to him in our own way, yet I still feel unsure of how this film turned out, something feels lost.
An interesting movie that focused a little too much on quantum mechanics rather than it’s own plot mechanics.