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Chain

Chain (2005)

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60

Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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As regional character disappears and corporate culture shapes our environment, it's increasingly hard to tell where you are. In Chain, malls, theme parks, hotels and highways across the globe are joined into one "superlandscape." Two characters appear: one is a businessperson sent out to study theme park prospects; the other is a young drifter, surviving on the fringes of a mall. The feature film mixes documentary and narrative to tell their stories. -- © Antidote Films

Unrated,

Documentary, Drama, Special Interest

Jem Cohen

Gravity Hill Films

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (3)

What might have been highly effective as a nonfiction short is extended way beyond its dramatic possibilities, and the narrative structure Cohen has devised adds little to the overall effect.

October 5, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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A hypnotically involving film based on the genuinely novel idea of stitching together shots taken over a six-year period in 11 American states and six countries.

September 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Jem Cohen's visually haunting film deliberately blurs the lines between fiction, documentary and cinematic essay.

September 14, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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It's still thought-provoking, but not quite as profound as it pretends to be.

September 14, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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A dreamlike travelogue that transforms a mundane world into something strange and new.

September 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Both Nikaido and her untrained co-star, Mira Billotte, do too good a job at portraying ennui and Chain suffers as much as it succeeds from it.

January 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Jem Cohen's nightmarish portrait of a deracinated world includes footage shot over 10 years in several countries but cut together so seamlessly that the film seems to unfold in a single, continuous strip of malls, hotels and airports.

September 16, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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