Tuesday, September 11, 2012

"Chained" screens at Calgary Int'l Film Festival


"Chained" screens at the Calgary Int'l Film Festival in September.


From Jennifer Lynch, director of Boxing Helena, comes another provocative and disturbing look at unconventional relationships. Vincent D'Onofrio is spellbinding as Bob, a serial murderer and rapist who decides to take in the young son of one of his victims. Renaming him Rabbit, Bob initially treats the boy as little more than a slave, chaining him to the wall and forcing him to survive on scraps. As the years go by, Bob starts to see Rabbit as something more—something closer to a son; a chance to leave a real legacy.
Unafraid to be ugly and at times harrowing, Chained is something more than a straight-up thriller. It's a glimpse into the mind of pure evil; a study of how that evil can warp the world around it.

Screens:
Friday, Sep. 28, 11:30pm
Sunday, Sep. 30, 09:00pm 


***
Review

Countdown to CIFF: #10. Chained

It’s 10 days to CIFF’s opening gala, so I’ll be posting a quick write-up per day on some of my favourite movies at the fest. I’m not exactly unbiased — CIFF does give me a paycheque, after all — but these posts are my own opinions and not those of the festival.

Alright, now that the disclaimer’s out of the way: Chained. I used to be a huge horror fan, but the post-millennial trend towards torture porn has largely left me cold, so I went into Chained with fairly low expectations. It took about 15 minutes for my reaction to change from “that main guy looks a lot like Vincent D’Onofrio” to “Oh, wait, that’s because it is Vincent D’Onofrio” to “I can’t stop watching this.” If I’d looked at the credits first and seen that it was from Boxing Helena director Jennifer Lynch, maybe that would’ve sped up the process.

Anyway. D’Onofrio plays a serial killer and rapist who takes home a woman and her nine-year-old son. He does what he usually does with her (off-screen, thankfully), but decides to keep the kid around as a sort of son/slave/pet. That’s where the film changes from a thriller to a character study, with D’Onofrio turning in what might just be his best performance since the first Men In Black movie (less showy, but with a lot of depth). It’s more about the power dynamic, the damaging effects of captivity and, yes, the desire for a legacy, but there’s enough tension throughout that the term “character study” shouldn’t scare you off. Especially if you made it past “serial killer and rapist.” Yes, it’s definitely disturbing, but it’ll stick with you.




2 comments:

val said...

Anyone else think he looks like Edgar/Bug in that picture?

Regina Caschetto said...

Another good review for both the movie and Vincent ("spellbinding").
Regina

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"In Dubious Battle" [2016]
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"TENN" [TBA]

A story about the early life of Tennessee Williams

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Short film produced by Erika Hampson.
Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Foster.

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'Purgatory' [TBA]
Tagline: In the Wild West a lot of blood was spilled... but it didn't go to waste. Vincent....Dallas Stoudenmire

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Director: Jennifer Lynch
Producer/Writer ...Eric Wilkinson

Vincent D'Onofrio ....George Lawson (GRACE's father)
Tim Roth.......Detective Tabb

Filming in St Louis - TBA

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Vincent D'Onofrio as Hank Dory
Ron Livingston as Steve
Marcia Gay Harden as Nancy

"The Monster Next Door" [TBA]

"The Monster Next Door" - Comedy Horror

Executive Produced by Dennis Johnson, Melanie Mohlman Produced by Eric Wilkinson, David Michaels
Written by Jim Robbins
Directed by Jennifer Lynch

Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio, Bill Pullman, French Stewart, Bill Moseley

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