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.
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This movie is about A cab driver called Bob (Vincent D'Onofrio) who picks up women and takes them to his house where he kills them. But on this one day he picks up a woman and her 9 year old son Tim. Bob then makes Tim live in the house with him all while he keeps killing women. Tim grows up there, watching, seeing all that happens. Bob wants to make him his protégé. Will Tim carry on the legacy? Written by
Michael Hallows Eve
Was originally rated NC-17 by the MPAA for "some explicit violence" but the film was later edited to achieve an R rating for "disturbing and sadistic violent content including bloody killings and rape, and for language and sexuality." See more »
When Bob freaks out in his garage after having flashbacks, you can see a male crew member wearing a baseball cap in the side mirror of the taxi. See more »
Just study. You don't want to be shackled to this house for rest of your life, do you?
Good. There's hope for you yet. So, study hard and maybe you and I can work out a deal.
Deal for what?
Some freedom. You know, get off the chain, get out of the house. Get a girl. You're older now, I think that, uh, you should have a taste of a woman real soon.
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The credits play over sounds of Rabbit in the house. There is no music. See more »
Bereavement meets Perkins' 14 somewhat meets Hostel, the result is definitely worth watching
Other than being original and compelling in its own way, "Chained" features a combination of concepts and ideas from films that have already been made in the past decade or two. As I was watching, I kept noticing similarities to Bereavement and Perkin's 14, and more generally to certain sub-genres like "Torture Porn" (more the concept, less the actual brutal footage, thank God) and even some Slasher films. The overall result is a sad tale that isn't easy to watch, but is pretty well made.
The screenplay managed to be original enough, though the plot twist towards the end felt forced, out of place, and unnecessary. I always prefer films with a good twist, but this one simply wasn't a good one.
The acting I found to be very impressive by both Vincent D'Onofrio as Bob the Cabby and Eamon Farren as Tim/Rabbit. Both played their roll beautifully, though D'Onofrio was the one to really shine. Felt like this role was meant for him.
Cinematography was also very nice, especially the way the girls' faces weren't shown as they were dragged out to be buried, emphasizing how the killer didn't view them as human beings. The sound effects were also good, especially during the end credits where instead of a musical theme we hear footsteps, doors and other ordinary sounds we've gotten used to hearing from that house.
All in all, Chained managed to put together some unoriginal ideas and turn them into a compelling, sometimes terrifying and sometimes touching story. The end rather spoiled it for me, but if you can forgive that - I believe you should watch it, as it is a perfect example of a modern Horror experience.
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