'Chain of Death'
(John Patrick Amedori, Madeline Zima, Adrienne Barbeau, Dey Young, Jamie Clayton, Ray Wise, et al / DVD / NR / 2019 / Cleopatra Entertainment)
Overview: When a successful surgeon discovers he has the same neurological disorder as his invalid father, he joins an underground assisted suicide group operating under one rule: if you want to die, you first must help someone else kill themselves.
But when his turn to assist goes awry, law enforcement and The Chain close in.
DVD Verdict: In this creepy US-Spain psychological thriller 'Chain of Death' (aka 'The Chain') starring 'Twin Peak’s' wonderful character actor Ray Wise, we get a well-directed story from David Martin-Porras that sure, may well have been told before, but here shines a light more focused on the story of a man who enlists the services of an assisted suicide company, but discovers in order to take part he must kill someone first.
Dr. Mike Colleman (Amedori), a brilliant young doctor who’s married to the girl of his dreams while enjoying the big city life. The fairy-tale lifestyle comes to a screeching halt as Mike learns that his mother Emma (Barbeau) can no longer take care of his father (Wise) who suffers from a Parkinson’s Disease-like ailment and whose health is in a downward spiral.
Soon Mike learns that he too suffers from the exact same neurological illness as his father and decides to voluntarily enter a “Chain” of assisted suicides in an effort to end his own misery. There’s only one catch, as aforementioned, if you want to die, you must kill someone first!
Working from a screenplay by Andres Rosende, the Director Porras (who also co-created the film’s story) brings forth a rather suspenseful story here.
Nothing that hasn't been delved into before, it still manages to present the viewer with a lot of What would I do? moments which I found both refreshing and insightful.
Chock full of some engaging and tense moments this 100 minute movie is aided by not only a slick cinematic style of filming (from cinematographer Phil Klucsarits), but (for the most part) some solid acting performances too.
OK, sure, the lead man John Patrick Amedori isn't exactly putting it all out there for us, but movie legends both Wise and Adrienne Barbeau most certainly are - and loving it too, by the looks of things! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
'Chain of Death' DVD will be released on July 30th, 2019 via Cleopatra Entertainment / MVD Visual.
Official 'Chain of Death' Trailer