Sunday, August 26, 2012

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Another 'Chained' review from FFF2012...


FFF criticism: Chained


Life is too short for a film like Chained . The story about a serial killer who kidnapped a nine year old boy and tried to raise him as his successor, is a lesson in frustration (on the part of the audience) and overestimation (on the part of director).

He starts really good. The first fifteen minutes, the Rabbit, the name, the Bob is the boy who is thrust into this new and terrible world, works very well, but then commits the film a fatal mistake: He jumps ten years into the future and tells the rest of the story from the perspective of the elderly and of course totally disturbed Rabbit. This one is out as viewers of the film, we follow the rest from a long distance, because you can build up to either of the two figures a relationship - except, perhaps, he himself is a serial killer, that would probably help.What Chained to but right Frustration film makes is the brilliant acting performance of his main characters: Vincent D'Onofrio as Bob, Evan Bird and Eamon Farren as younger and older Rabbit. Had these skills embedded in a reasonable production and a good script, a great film would have been possible. Yet in this regard fails Jennifer Chambers Lynch, daughter of David Lynch, unfortunately. Her production drags predictable and tough until the end behämmerten completely gone. There is not one second of humor and only an unexpected turn (see keyword "behämmert"), otherwise stifled the film on his own importance. The director answered a few questions after the film and said, Chained would be cut in the United States only to come "to the movies because it's too intense and feels too real. " It could also be another way: For every minute that you are of Chained not surveying is a good minute.2/5 because of the great acting performance.

''Film4 FrightFest 2012: 'Chained' review''



Surveillance (2008) director Jennifer Lynch returns to Film4 FrightFest screens this weekend with serial killer horror Chained (2012), which stars old-hand starring Vincent D'Onofrio and Eamon Farren. The film revolves around Bob (D'Onofrio), a taxi-driving psychopath who captures a young boy (Evan Bird) after murdering and raping his mother. Once chained up in Bob's remote bungalow, the boy is enslaved and descends into a mundane existence of endless cooking and cleaning.

Jumping forward in time, the abducted boy (renamed 'Rabbit') has grown up to become a broken and cowering young man (Farren). Totally indoctrinated by his maniacal captor, he lives in continual fear, responding to the whims of his cruel master who decides that he must now learn the tricks of his trade - or die.Chained's opening scene is shocking and powerful, with the young Rabbit staring on in utter fear as Bob commits this heinous central act. Yet as evocative as this into is, sadly it's the last truly enjoyable moment of an extremely clichéd horror.

Lynch's central characters are all significantly underdeveloped and uninteresting to watch, due mainly to the director's reliance on much over-used devices to justify actions and motives. D'Onofrio struggles to convey himself as anything other than a bumbling, overly-aggressive sicko, whose only justification for exclusively killing women is that they are all 'sluts and whores'.

This leads on to the next problem; each of Bob's female victims are nothing more than screaming faceless non-entities of characters. This treatment of women in certain types of horror cinema - in whichChained finds itself place - is swiftly becoming not only tiresome but incredibly dated. With the exception of Rabbit's late mother, who at least shows some signs of strength, all the featured women are either walk-on roles or dizzy bimbos. Lynch may have wanted to focus purely on the central protagonists; however this means that there is an even greater reliance on the strength of the performances and writing of the two leads, something that both the actors and the writing are unable to live up to. 

Disappointingly, Lynch's deeply exploitative Chained is a vacuous endeavour that attempts to redeem itself in its final throes, throwing at its audience a cheap twist that feels severely bolted-on out of pure desperation. You will have probably (nay, certainly) seen just this type of depraved, brainless movie many times before - and Lynch's attempt at a serial killer horror is neither new, nor interesting.