Chain (2005)




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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

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Jem Cohen
In Theaters:
Gravity Hill Films


as Tamiko

as Currency Trader

as Piano Store Salesman

as Piano Store Salesman

as TV Announcer

as Amanda's Half Sister

as Motel Manager

as Woman in Car and Par...
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Critic Reviews for Chain

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

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
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 16, 2005
Top Critic

Jem Cohen's visually haunting film deliberately blurs the lines between fiction, documentary and cinematic essay.

Full Review… | September 14, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

It's still thought-provoking, but not quite as profound as it pretends to be.

Full Review… | September 14, 2005
New York Daily News
Top Critic

A dreamlike travelogue that transforms a mundane world into something strange and new.

Full Review… | September 13, 2005
Village Voice
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Chain

two women shackled by corporate commercial culture, one inside and one out. brilliant idea and nicely told through minimalist cinematography. Pros: Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Cons: these shots seem way too fucking familiar.

Brock Snyder

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