Inseparable (2011)

Inseparable (2011)
Running Time: 96 minutes

Photo Credit: Colordance Pictures
Photo Credit: Colordance Pictures

Directed by: Dayyan Eng
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Daniel Wu, Beibi Gong, Peter Stormare

Inseparable is a film about a troubled man, Li (Wu) who is trying to deal with some personal issues from his moody wife, to pressure from work and a recent loss. Borderline depressed, Li then meets his neighbor Chuck (Spacey), who aims to rescue Li from the pit of despair. Chuck serves as a sort of mentor, as he keeps Li company, and guides him through his troubles.

When I first heard of Inseparable I was quite excited because it was a fully-funded Chinese film with a major Hollywood A-Lister, Kevin Spacey as the lead, which was something new in the film making industry. It had a cast and crew from such a variety of background, from a Taiwanese director to an American and Hong Kong lead, to a French cinematographer.  I first thought that the movie was in English, but it turned out that there was a good balance between English and Mandarin throughout the film.

Photo Credit: Colordance Pictures
Photo Credit: Colordance Pictures

So, thoughts about the film, well it was definitely a good attempt and something different from the Chinese film making industry. The approach to the film was a mix of Hollywood and Chinese styles which was refreshing. I was certainly impressed with the script and the direction of the film, although it was slightly predictable with hints dropped throughout the film, but it was still unique in its own way. I was very surprised by Daniel Wu’s acting, and as an avid fan of his since his first few films till now, it’s certain that he has grown more comfortable as an actor, and he is more confident in these actor shoes. Kevin Spacey giving his usual performance was hilarious in this film as he played a sort of sidekick/mentor to Wu’s character. Beibi’s acting as Li’s wife, Pang was equally up-to-par with the rest of the cast.

Overall, the film is definitely something different from the norm, due to the international cast and crew, however there are still rooms for improvement in terms of its acting, and the script could use a little more work. All in all, it’s a film that should be watched if you’re a fan of Shutter Island or Identity or just international film making.

Rating: 5 ½ out of 10


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