Chained is a dark one, a very dark one, but if you can stomach violence and extreme mental anguish then it’s well worth your while. It’s not torture porn like the similar, but inferior Bereavement from 2010. Torture porn does not interest me. This is psychological and it’s Vincent D’Onofrio that makes it work. His return to the big screen brings us one of his greatest characters yet. Bob is fantastically unforgettable and D’Onofrio’s commitment to the character is palpable. The set design is incredibly crafted and beautifully minimalistic as well, but it’s the relationship that really sticks with you.
I love the odd relationship that movies can so effectively expose us to. Think Harold and Maude, Midnight Cowboy, Rain Man and the Odd Couple. Enter Rabbit and Bob. Their relationship is less than ideal, but a duo you may never mentally shake. Jennifer Lynch’s follow up to Surveillance does not let down and this daughter of a master is proving worthy of the name.
“I will call you Rabbit.”
Should Watch 4 0f 5 (*Please beware, this is brutal.)
Must Watch = 5 0f 5 (See it in the theater if possible/buy it or pay for rental)
Should Watch = 4 of 5 (Worth sending away for)
Could Watch = 3 of 5 (If it’s on a pay channel or streaming for free)
Should Not Watch = 2 of 5 (Only if friends or family insist)
Do Not Watch = 1 of 5 (Don’t allow friends or family make this mistake)