Director: Jennifer Chambers Lynch
Writer: Jennifer Chambers Lynch
Based on: a screenplay by Damian O’Donnell
Cast: Vincent D’Onofrio, Eamon Farren, Evan Bird, Julia Ormond, Conor Leslie
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
When Tim (Evan Bird) is 9 years old, he and his mother Sarah (Julia Ormond) are abducted by Bob (Vincent D’Onofrio), a taxi driver. Bob kills Sarah and chains Tim – from then on called only Rabbit – to the house, using him as a slave for general housekeeping, but also for body disposal. Almost 10 years later, Rabbit (Eamon Farren) is still there and Bob realizes that he can’t just leave things as they are – and starts to educate Rabbit to be his successor.
Chained was an excellent, engaging movie – right up until the very end where they tried to surprise the audience with a really implausible twist.
Jennifer Chambers Lynch really knows how to set a scene. Not only was the movie tight and atmospheric, it also profited from great cinematography and a wonderful production design. It’s kinda weird to say this about a film about a subject matter as ugly as this one, but it looked really great.
The cast was really great, too – you’d expect no less from Vincent D’Onofrio (though it is kind of weird that he had an accent). He knows how to play the creeps. But both Rabbits – Eamon Farren and Evan Bird – were really great, too. Especially Eamon Farren is as physical in his acting as Vincent D’Onofrio and makes for an excellent counterweight.
But the script was a little too clunky. First of all, it was completely obvious that Rabbit did not kill Angie, but tried to save her. There was not a moment where I actually thought that she was actually dead.
And the twist at the end was just headdesk-worthy. So, Bob was Rabbit’s uncle, sent by Rabbit’s father to get his mother out of the picture? Really, no. Just no. Also, where was the police at the end? Rabbit might not have called them, but Angie certainly would. It just felt like a cheap trick to surprise the audience that doesn’t make any sense if you look at it more closely. That soured the ending for me.
But other than that it was an intense and exciting film.
Summarising: Very worth seeing, despite the disappointing ending.