Chained

2012

Chained

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Coming home from a routine trip to the movies, eight-year-old Tim (Bird) and his mother, Sarah (Ormond) are picked up by a psychopathic cab driver named Bob (D'Onofrio). It ends up being their last ride together. Bob murders the young boy's mother and keeps Tim as his unwilling protégée, making him clean up the mess following each murder he commits. After a couple of aborted escape attempts, Bob chains Tim - now renamed Rabbit -- allowing just enough length to move freely within the house. As the years pass, Bob starts instructing Rabbit, teaching him anatomy and human behavior. Now a teenager, Rabbit (Eamon Farren, X: Night of Vengeance) is slowly being pressed by Bob to start his own homicidal spree. Slowly but surely, he must soon choose whether to follow in Bob's serial killer footsteps or make one final, desperate attempt to break free...

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Critic Reviews for Chained

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (6)

  • Chained is silly and nasty at the same time.

    Jan 31, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • It boasts no character insight, social commentary or discernible overall point to counter charges that this is just a redundant wallow in arted-up, torture-porn cruelty.

    Jan 22, 2013

    Dennis Harvey

    Variety
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  • shamelessly provocative, unconvincing and dull

    Jul 25, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • D'Onofrio and Farren are a powerful pair. An excellent, devilish twist which comes late in the game, changing everything, proving Jennifer Lynch is as twisted as her father.

    May 6, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's more successful in concept than execution perhaps, but the film's pessimistic view of humanity and genre-bending philosophical foundations keep it interesting.

    Feb 8, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Yet as evocative as this intro is, sadly it's the last truly enjoyable moment of an extremely clichéd horror.

    Aug 23, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Chained

  • Jan 24, 2016
    Whereas David Lynch is a master of creating great psychological stories full of symbolism, his daughter Jennifer always barely scratches the surface, here with another obvious film that is not really well conceived, be it literally or metaphorically (as a tale of parental "chains"), and the end is awful.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 10, 2013
    Much better than I was expecting, another twisty, disturbing picture from Jennifer Lynch - much like her earlier Surveillance. There's a very late twist that many a critic have found troubling but that I didn't have a problem with. Decent performances and good design on what is clearly a very low budget.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2013
    One of the biggest surprises to come from 2012 is a NC-17 Horror flick that you never saw. Back when Jennifer Lynch came out with Surveillance a few years ago, I found it to be okay at best, containing an okay performance by the usually awesome Bill Pullman, and ended with a twist that I don't really care for. I'm glad to say that Chained is the opposite. This starts off as a regular kidnapping slasher flick, but we get hints with the great cinematography and score that this film could be good. It ends up being really good. One of the best movies of 2012 containing performance by Vincent D'Onofrio and a smart script that kept me guessing as I worried for Tim's mental and physical state. I loved Chained!
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2013
    Bob, a cab-driving serial killer who stalks his prey on the city streets alongside his reluctant protégé Tim, who must make a life or death choice between following in Bob's footsteps or breaking free from his captor. Be prepared, this film is not for the faint of heart or the more sensitive viewers. Chained is the most unsettling film of 2012 that grips you by the throat and doesn't let go, as well as a kick in the stomach. Dread consumes this twisted, dark and provocative crime/thriller. In the vein of Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer, this film takes you inside the mind of a ruthless killer, the character study is a very disturbing, heart shattering and shocking. Filled with depravity! The performances were powerfully tense and keeps you glued to the screen and on the edge of you seat. Vincent D'Onofrio, who you may know from Law & Order, plays Bob, a serial killer cab driver and gives one hell of a chilling performance. You feel horrible for but hate him at the same time, a killer that's a product of his environment. Eamon Farren plays older Rabbit, which is the name Bob gives to him after he abducts him and his mom when he was a young child. Now he is chained to a wall with no way out, but to only buddy up with his captor enough to be freed from the chains. Eamon gives a captivating performance and you root for him to escape the horrors and at one point having you shout at the screen to fight back and get revenge. Harrowing film! Director, Jennifer Chambers Lynch who directed the equally startling film Surveillance, has crafted yet another distressing, graphic and wicked film. The rawness of her films is now very much signature to me, she always has a way of getting under your skin, keeps you in suspense and hits you hard with a shocking conclusion. Her film will make you think twice about calling for a cab! Very much interested to see what she throws at us next, I won't be surprised if it leaves me in the fetal position, shaken out of my mind. She is that good! Overall, this film is definitely not for everyone as it's blood curdling, but the performances are some of the best of 2012 from this twisted genre. The story will keep you in cold sweat, wondering and guessing if poor Rabbit will make it out ok and has one hell of a shocking ending that will leave you breathless. A tough watch, but worth it! 7 out of 10.
    Matt S Super Reviewer

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