Set in the future, our film is, in fact, a sci-fi murder mystery. The film begins with mysterious scenes and a voiceover claiming to be too old to be conducting such Sherlock Holmes type murder mysteries. We then cut to an interrogation room called Point Mugu Technology Safe Room. Here we are introduced to agents Laurel (Jessica Graham) & Edward (Christopher Soren Kelly). Laurel and Edward are married and work for the secret agency known as A.S.P (Army of Simply Purity). It is their job to watch over ‘The Tangle’ from secure rooms. These rooms are also highly safe from any nanobots which ‘The Tangle’ are made of.
In the interrogation room, Laurel and Edward are seeking justice for the murder of a fellow agent. The prime suspect is a man named Carter (Joshua Bitton). In the present day, Carter is a detective for hire. But now the clock is ticking, and all the evidence points to Carter. As he investigates to save his own life, many secrets and clues regarding the murder will soon surface.
For those who are not aware, The Tangle was directed and written by Christopher Soren Kelly, who also stars in the film as the character of Edward. This film is also a directional debut.
Visually, this film pleased me. Everything on screen is clear and crisp as the film has obviously been filmed in high resolution. The sci-fi visuals of this movie are wonderful. There is a positive element of creativity and pleasing sci-fi visuals from the very opening of the film. The film has obviously been made on a small budget with a tight cast, but the moments that involve anything relating to sci-fi always impressed me. The audio track, including sound effects and voices, are also great. The film is dialogue-heavy, so the clear vocals were important. Performances, for the most part, are generally fine.
While The Tangle as a film looks good, sounds good, and the sci-fi themes are positive, I found this film extremely complex. Having seen the film, I questioned if I could explain everything and honestly, I could not. The film is very dialogue heavy and talks about other people, groups, and future technology. When characters speak, it is done at a quick and fast pace, so this film requires your undivided attention. Missing one bit of detail or not understanding the film’s technology babble did disappoint me while watching. The film is attempting to be new and smart, but I found all the fast-talking and the complexity of the plot hurt this film the most.
Overall, as a directional debut from Christopher Soren Kelly, I found many elements pleasing. The visuals are strong, and I had an appreciation for the creativity in the areas of sci-fi. While a futuristic murder mystery is welcoming, I am saddened to say I found this film far too complex in its plot. Seeing characters talk rapidly made this film nearly impossible to enjoy it from start to finish. The film’s second act was also challenging, and I found the major reveals fairly predictable. Either way, I’m extremely confident that many viewers who seek this film out will enjoy it.
The Tangle (2019) is Now Available on Amazon Prime Video