The Bottom Line
- Good cast
- Good twist
- Interesting interpersonal relationships
- Depressing for stretches
- Frustrating until the last 10 or 15 minutes
- Starring Vincent D'Onofrio, Eamon Farren, Evan Bird, Julia Ormond, Jake Weber, Gina Philips, Conor Leslie
- Directed by Jennifer Lynch
- Rated R
- DVD Release Date: October 2, 2012
Guide Review - 'Chained' DVD Review
Fraught with behind-the-scenes difficulties and critical derision, two of Jennifer Lynch's first three directorial efforts -- Boxing Helena and Hisss -- can reasonably be considered disasters, so the bar for Chained isn't terribly high. I haven't heard of any lawsuits or production issues with the making of the film, so it's already a step up on those efforts, and thankfully the finished product is more in line with Lynch's enjoyable 2008 thriller Surveillance. The content is unsavory and occasionally depressing -- particularly early on -- so it's hard to call it "enjoyable," but Lynch (who wrote the script) creates an intriguing dynamic between the killer and his would-be-protégé, one whose narrative turns out to be more satisfying than last year's similarly themed Bereavement.
Chained threatens to become a case study in frustration as you wait for Rabbit to make a move to escape, but just when you're about to press the fast-forward button, it reaches a satisfying climax and even delivers a surprise twist that, while perhaps blurring some of the realism of the plot, nonetheless makes for a neat little bow on the story. There are questions here and there that pop up -- like, wouldn't a serial-killing cab driver be fairly conspicuous? -- but the provocative plot and a fascinating (in both good and bad ways) performance from Vincent D'Onofrio help keep the viewer from dissecting it too much.
Special features include commentary and an alternate scene.