Chained brings Jennifer Lynch back to her horror genre roots in a film that works most of the time with Vincent D’Onofrio doing creepy as only he knows how. Check out the opening scene from the film below and two readers will be getting blu-ray copies of the film next month.
Chained is definitely one of Jennifer Lynch’s most complete horror films as it feels like a real structured film carried from beginning to end unlike some of her past ones. There are times in the film where it feels like it’s dragging a little, but thankfully Lynch makes up for this with quite the wallop to the senses with a film that that covers the topics of free will and morality in a pretty stark and harsh fashion. It will make you wonder what you might do in the same type of situation, and that is where this film can make the viewer have the uncomfortable feel. I wasn’t expecting to run my review of the film, but it’s happening anyway…
It’s a simple plot, but with horror those are the one that work the best as they can become an intense character study rather than just throwing in gore here and there thinking that’s what horror is all about. Lynch knows the genre, and after a few films, she’s found her stride with Chained. It’s not perfect as the conversations can sometimes become a bit melodramatic, but the carrying theme throughout asks if being around evil long enough can turn a person that way. Films like Das Experiment (based on a true story) show that if a person is surrounded by something long enough and is made to feel like it’s not their responsibility for this happening, oftentimes, they’ll enter into the fray.
D’Onofrio plays a psychopath who has kidnapped a very young boy with no other intent than to keep him chained to a wall like a slave. Years pass and the young boy has become a teen-ager while the psycho continues to bring scared defenseless women home for killing. We hear about these type of stories in the news all the time, but they leave the news cycle just as quickly as the hit our senses and many times these cases are forgotten…unless it’s a young blond pretty white girl. Lynch aptly tackles what happens in these stories, and while some of the flashbacks scenes are a little jarring and take you out of the film, she quickly reigns you back in. D’Onofrio plays this role as you would expect; sometimes over the top, but he’s able to keep you watching him as he truly understands his characters motivation no matter how messed up they are. Lynch has found her stride in horror, and I’m looking forward to her next foray.
Best Movies Ever Rating: B
After several so so films, Jennifer Lynch has found her stride in the horror genre with a chilling film where Vincent D’Onofrio does a role that he was born to play. Sometimes uneven in tone, Chained is a very satisfying horror film not for the weak of heart.