Love Triangle Thriller
mypetconcubine | Waianae, Hawaii U.S.A. | 04/26/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Tangled is a smart and edgy thriller with a talented young cast.
A college student, David (Shawn Hatosy),wakes in a hospital bed to tries to recall the events leading to his severe injuries to a detective (Lorraine Bracco) who is investigating the disappearance of David's girlfriend Jenny (Rachael Leigh Cook). David's tells his story is told in flashbacks.
When Estranged best friends david and Alan (Jonathan Rhys Meyers)meet again they end up fighting for the affections of david's crush jenny. The mysterious Alan wins her heart but soon his love for jenny becomes a obsession David must help her threw Alan's dangerous behavior but still also still tries to help Alan. But than things goes terribly wrong.
This movie is exciting hip,edgy,sexy thriller you get sucked into the plot as the truth is revealed you see the truth behind the obsession.
I give this **** four Stars"
I was surprised after people panned it
Noelle Hay | Katy, TX USA | 06/10/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I thought... what the heck, I'll watch it. So I did. I loved it. I was SO surprised none of the critics liked it. It was well made and the characters are all rather believable. I was surprised at how many bad reviews it got. I thought it was rather good."
Not Good: Very Weak and Inept as Love Story or as Thriller
Tsuyoshi | Kyoto, Japan | 09/18/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Though I like Rachel Leigh Cook, and like her turn as a sulky (but really sweet) girl in 'She's All That,' and love to see her in anywhere you name it, 'Tangled' is a wrong choice. As a thriller, it is not intriguing; as a love story, it is too familiar. And the story is, as the film says, too tangled to take it seriously.
It is about a love-triangle that got tangled -- David (Shawn Hatsey), Alan (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) and Jenny (Rachel Leigh Cook), all juniors at a college. Jenny and David are seeing each other when Alan, handsome and reckless, steps into their college life out of the blue. Quiet boy David (who studies poetry) and Alan were in fact friends when much younger, but because of some incidents in the past, their relations was an awkward one. And because of Jenny's ambiguous attitudes to Alan, and Alan's seductive attitudes to Jenny, things get more complicated, and more dangerous.
That's what the opening of the film implies, by the choppy shots of flashbacks. The film follows the memories of David, who, now hospitalized after some (still unknown) terrible accident, recounts his story before the investigator Lorraine Bracco. So, here, the film also tries to give a twist to the otherwise mundane story, using flashbacks that slowly reveals the key events in the past.
The original intention is good, and there is a decent film buried behind the film (which I am afraid no one in English-speaking coutries have seen in theater). There are some good shots that suggest the emotional tense between the characters. And Rachel Leigh Cook is as sweet as before, and sexy at times.
But, unbelievably, the film takes almost one hour to explain the relations between the three, which is not particularly original. And after that, it drifts into the revelation of the facts, in the style that faintly resembles 'Rashomon.' But what can you do in thirty minutes with that format when you need more time to present the shifting viewpoints that challenge our perception of reality?
My overall reaction to 'Tangled' was like -- What happened to RLC? She is as busy as before, as far as I can see her filmography on internet, but living in Japan, I hear about less and less. Please, no more this, or 'Get Carter' or 'Anti-Trust.'
By the way, Estella Warren appears, but her role is very small, and her turn is not very outstanding. Sorry."
Frances M. Forestier | new york USA | 09/15/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A must see for all Jonathan Rhys Meyers fans wanting to see a little more....of his acting in the beginning of his career.
"He is young and ambitious and needs to have it all no matter what it cost him or who he hurts" He's the guy your mother warned you about."