Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Jennifer Lynch’s Chained Reviewed

 Chained is in many ways a simple story. A serial killer  named Bob (Vincent D’Onofrio) kidnaps a mother and her son, and winds up keeping the child as his servant/apprentice/slave. As the child dubbed Rabbit becomes a young man (Eamon Farren), the question becomes whether he will become a mirror of his captor.

Filmed in Regina and Moose Jaw, Chained is one of the most harrowing films I’ve seen in a very long time. D’Onofrio is absolutely evil incarnate as a woman-hating killer, all ticks and slow speech. In a career of fantastic performances, this is certainly one of D’Onofrio’s  most riveting. He goes for broke, never tries to make his Bob anything more or less than the monster he is, even during those occasional moments of tenderness he demonstrates to his captive.

Though Eamon Farren holds his own working virtually all of his scenes with D’Onofrio, Chained really does belong to its lead actor and its brilliant director. Jennifer Lynch carries either a blessing or a burden as the child of auteur David Lynch (one of my personal favourite directors, truth be told), but in the case of Chained, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Lynch has a mastery over sound and lightning, and tells a compelling story with minimal tricks by getting the best out of her actors (sit through the end credits – they’re the best I’ve ever heard).

Chained is dark stuff and not for everybody. Its moments of violence are brutal and frighteningly real. But sit through the film and you’re rewarded with a memorable performance from Vincent D’Onofrio and a movie that isn’t afraid to question what makes us who we are.

via biffbampop.com, 11.13.12
by Andy Burns


Regina Caschetto said...

"In a career of fantastic performances..." is probably my favorite line in this great review of "Chained." I actually feel sorry for people who have never seen some of his great performances & probably never will. And how grateful I am to have seen them all.

Leigh said...

Love the review, great comments for both Vincent and Jennifer. Having seen the movie, I'd say the review, is totally justified, Vincent is the personification of evil. I lent it to my father 2 weeks ago, who still hasn't got around to watching it. I'm going to hold Fire With Fire hostage until I get Chained back, as I only saw it once before I gave it to Dad!

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"In Dubious Battle" [2016]
An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s. Vincent....Al Anderson


A story about the early life of Tennessee Williams

Directed by James Franco
Vincent D'Onofrio, Jacob Loeb

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In a rural town in Southern Idaho, the Suzukis, a Japanese American family, run a small motel. One night they get a strange visitor who sports ‘city’ clothes who turns out to be the first African-American man that Toru Suzuki’s children have ever seen. Yoshiko takes it upon herself to solve the mystery about this man, especially when 2 police officers come knocking on their door.

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

'Purgatory' [TBA]

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

"A Fall From Grace" [TBA]

Detective Michael Tabb knows the city of St. Louis inside and out. He has felt its true heart, as much as its dark underbelly: but he does not know who, in both the dark and light - is taking the lives of young girls.

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

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

Filming in St Louis - TBA

"Supreme Ruler" [TBA]

A man campaigns to become the leader of the Buffalo lodge.

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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'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]
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