'Chained' [Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo]
(Vincent D'Onofrio, Jake Weber, Eamon Farren, Julia Ormond, et al / Blu ray+DVD / NR / 2012 / Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Overview: When he was 9 years old, Tim and his mother were abducted by taxi-driving serial killer Bob (Vincent D'Onofrio). Tim's mother was murdered. Tim was kept as a chained slave, forced to bury the bodies of young women Bob drags home and keep scrapbooks of the crimes. Now a teenager, Tim (Eamon Farren) and Bob share a depraved father/son/protege relationship.
Blu ray+DVD Verdict: Wow ... now THIS is how low budget thrillers should be made! Director Jennifer Lynch (yes, her of the famous father) brings us a harrowing psychological thriller that never lets up from start to finish.
Driving along an old, murky desolate road, the film kicks off with nine year old Tim (Evan Bird) and his mother being kidnapped by a taxi driver named Bob. Played by the always-intense Vincent D’Onofrio, you won't be able to see any of him from his Law & Order days; and that might just be a good thing!
Tim then witnesses his mother’s murder, and even has to bury her, before being chained and imprisoned in Bob’s remote house - far, far away from anywhere public. As we progress Bob only has one name for his new friend - ‘Rabbit.’ He cleans up after Bob, cleans the house, finishes whatever food Bob doesn't eat in his bowl, off his plate, and wears the same clothes day in, night out.
And just when you begin to wonder where the movie can go from here, it all jumps forward around eight years. We now find an older ‘Rabbit’, for whom slavery and murder has become a way of life. And yes, 'Rabbit' is now forced not only to help Bob bury his victims, but also collect souvenirs of the victim’s identity and keep Bob’s scrap book up-to-date!
I know, right! Creeeeepy! Come the end of the film though, and the growing 'Rabbit' eventually faces a tough moral choice: freedom if he is willing to become Bob’s protégé and follow in his murderous footsteps; or certain death if he decides to try and make a break for it. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Audio Commentary with writer/director Jennifer Lynch and Actor Vincent D'Onofrio
Mary's Murder - Alternate Unrated Scene