Director: Dylan Sandford | Writer: Yancy Berns| Producer: | Cast: Shiri Appleby; Gary Wolf and Sean Bell
Short film. It’s perhaps one of the hardest formats in the film and TV industry – be it independent or with a mainstream studio backing – nothing can take away from the stronghold limitations that time vs content presents. Dylan Sanford’s An Entanglement, is a brilliant example of the good that can come about when the above constraints are mastered impressively.
When a strange man (Sean Bell) approaches Violet (Shiri Appleby) in a conspicuously public place, he makes a shocking reveal: he has been hired by her seemingly loving husband, Rick (Gary Wolf) to murder her. But the man offers Violet an alternative: pay double the rate and the man will redirect the contract back on her plotting spouse. Presented with this information, will she choose self-preservation at the cost of everything she knows? And how can she truly trust this man? Where will this deadly liaison end?
It’s a thriller, with plenty of thrills and an injection of dark humour due to the absurd divisiveness between the characters in the story. Do married couples really get to a point of wanting to kill each other? Of course, but perhaps not since Ashley Judd’s thriller Double Jeopardy (1999) has this theme been explored.
The ‘funny’ comes through the matter-of-fact, droll open discussions between the hit-man and Violet, the jilted wife and, later on, the hit-man and Violet’s despicable husband, Rick. In one diner scene between Violet and the hit-man there’s a familiarity in the vibe conjured up that harks back to Tarantino’s earlier films. It’s a frank execution: a brutal character exposition on human psyche through talking between the mysterious hitman and his clients. Another subtly satirical exchange takes place in the couples marital home, with Rick who launches in to a number of peculiar questions, that even the hit-man thinks is odd.
There are small moments of normality slotted in, such as Violet’s cold call to husband Rick in the car with a rug in the seat next to her; it’s a jarring but polarising window into the acute situation running parallel to her suburban life. This twisted and ultimately sad car crash of a relationship is somewhat oddly enjoyable to watch.
find the official trailer here : vimeo.com/145419528