When he was 9 years old, Tim and his mother were abducted by taxi-driving serial killer Bob (an intensely disturbing performance by 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/protégé relationship. But who will ultimately sever the bond between family and unimaginable horror?
From the twisted mind of Jennifer Lynch, the director of 2008’s Surveillance comes Chained, a dark, morally bankrupt film that will shock and disturb thanks to just how real and vicious the film feels and how good the central performances by Vincent D’Onofrio and Eamon Farren.
Centred around the kidnapping of Tim and his mother Sarah (Julia Ormond) by Bob (D’Onofrio), a wickedly smart yet deranged cab driver who kidnaps and murders young women by luring them into his cab. When Tim is taken he is locked up in a far away house, chained to a bedpost and forced to do everything Bob asks, even help him with his ‘hobby’.
While not the worlds fastest ride, Chained does keep you oddly captivated on the horrific actions of this disturbing family unit as Tim, who Bob renames Rabbit, begins to both hate and love his captor as their relationship contorts into different forms over the course of the years as Bob begins to find a modicom of respect and admiration for Rabbit, the pet he never wanted.
The only real problem with Chained is its insistence to adhere to the modern day horror formula as it tries to shock in its final act with a twist so far fetched and underdeveloped that it leaves a bitter taste in your mouth and a dubious look on your face, just as if you had eaten a lemon. While the ending is left a little flat because of it, the final shot is a brilliant one as it conveys both joy and dread at the same time as the viewer is left wondering what will happen next.