After watching Despite the Gods at Fantasia, I’m slightly more sympathetic towards director Jennifer Lynch. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to scoff at the idea of her next flick, Chained (mini-review), which looks like a belated entry into the Torture Porn foray. Arrow landed the opening scene, which immediately rubbed me wrong. It just reminds me of when After Dark released Captivity. Remember that?
From the mind of Lynch (Boxing Helena, Surveillance, Hisss), Chained arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD October 2nd from Anchor Bay Films.
“Coming home from a routine trip to the movies, eight-year-old Tim (Bird) and his mother, Sarah (Ormond) are picked up by a psychopathic cab driver named Bob (D’Onofrio). It ends up being their last ride together. Bob murders the young boy’s mother and keeps Tim as his unwilling protégée, making him clean up the mess following each murder he commits. After a couple of aborted escape attempts, Bob chains Tim – now renamed Rabbit — allowing just enough length to move freely within the house. As the years pass, Bob starts instructing Rabbit, teaching him anatomy and human behavior. Now a teenager, Rabbit (Eamon Farren, X: Night of Vengeance) is slowly being pressed by Bob to start his own homicidal spree. Slowly but surely, he must soon choose whether to follow in Bob’s serial killer footsteps or make one final, desperate attempt to break free…“
With a cast including Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket, Men In Black, “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”), Gina Phillips (Jeepers Creepers, “Ally McBeal”) Conor Leslie (“90210”), Evan Bird (“The Killing”), with Jake Weber (Dawn of the Dead, “Medium”) and Julia Ormand (My Week With Marilyn, “Mad Men,” The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Chained is said to be an unforgettable ride into the darkness that can reside in the human heart – no matter what your age.
The Chained Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD also includes, as a bonus feature, the scene that prompted the MPAA give the film an NC-17 rating!
Bonus features on Chained Blu-ray and DVD include feature-length audio commentary by writer/director Jennifer Lynch and actor Vincent D’Onofrio; the alternated unrated version of “Mary’s Murder;” and the original theatrical trailer.