Chained (2012) Vincent D'Onofrio, Eamon Farren, Evan Bird, Julia Ormond, Conor Leslie, Jake Weber Movie Review

Chained (2012)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Vincent D'Onofrio in Chained (2012)

Bob a Kill Job

Bob (Vincent D'Onofrio) is a yellow cab driver who most days picks up a woman and returns to his home with her where he proceeds to kill them. One day after picking up a woman he finds himself with her 9 year old son Tim who he calls Rabbit (Eamon Farren). Bob makes it very clear that Rabbit it is servant who will clean and do what he says including assisting him in the killing of women even if it is just making sure doors are unlocked when he returns home. The question is that whilst Bob wants to teach Tim all that he knows will Tim carry on his legacy?

"Oh I do hope it is worth it" were my thoughts as I hit the 30 minute mark of "Chained" because quite frankly what I had watched was not filling me with enthusiasm. During those 30 minutes we see that Bob decides to have Tim go from being just his slave to becoming his psychopathic protege, having him join in his killing of random women who he picks up. Other than some violence and a semi disturbing nightmare sequence as we see Bob's past none of this is overly thrilling.

Eamon Farren in Chained (2012)

But that is not all there is to "Chained" as we have a series of twists one of which concerns as to whether or not young Tim is going to follow in Bob's murderous footsteps. But there is a much bigger twist and one which is suppose to Bring some sort of meaning to the movie. Whilst it is a bit of a surprise it does not for me save the movie and make the slow build up to it worth the while. In truth what almost makes it worthwhile is the performance from Vincent D'Onofrio who makes Bob a harsh, cold and brutal character with a really mean and uncompromising attitude.

What this all boils down to is that whilst "Chained" certainly features an original idea the movie itself is slow going to the point of laborious. And sadly during all the slowness there isn't even much character depth to keep it interesting.