Confined is a mystery thriller about Noah Harvey (Chris Dettone), a man hellbent on revenge because his wife was killed in a car accident by Donnie (John French). He kidnaps Donnie's wife Sara (Caitlin Drance) and gives him a week to find her or he'll kill her. The race is on. Desperation and paranoia sets in. New revelations and harsh truths are revealed. And there's an ending you wouldn't expect.
Confined follows many of the tropes you find in any thriller but unlike a lot of them, it works to the film's advantage. I will note that some "twists" feel out of place and unwarranted, particularly the ending. Without giving it away, the final scene feels almost forced and the "set up" for it was not developed enough by the characters. But the movie makes up for this in the characters.
Chris Dettone gives such a humanized portrayal of Noah, that it's hard not to empathize with him. While at times he seems to channel his inner psychopath, he adds a peculiar element that makes him feel like a tragic character of circumstance. John French as Donnie emotes the desperation and paranoia his character experiences very well to the screen. But there's a moment near the end where he seems to lack an added emotional punch. The rest of the cast is good, including DeWayne Pitts as Austin, one of Noah's victims. However, they're never quite at the same level as Dettone and French. After all, this is their movie.
The writing is decent, but some lines felt corny and overly cliche, particularly when Noah tells Donnie that he'll "send his wife to him in pieces." Almost sounds like a line from villain in an old Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. The audio was problem, I had to have subtitles on for some scenes. I wished there were both more shot variety during the dialog scenes. And the lighting could have been much better. There are some scenes, specifically key moments where the actors' faces aren't clearly visible. These are the plagues of many independent features on a shoestring budgets. But for $2,000 it didn't look terrible.
"Confined" is a nice effort to indie film. With bigger budgets and a larger crew, I think director William Chaffin can make some more decent flicks.