Rent Bound to Vengeance (2015)

2.9 of 5 from 58 ratings
1h 16min
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Synopsis:
In this heart-pounding horror thriller, a kidnapped woman escapes from the basement where she was being held captive, and decides to turn the tables on her captor. When she discovers she wasn't the only victim and that other girls are being held in different locations she leads her depraved kidnapper on a wild hunt across the city to free the other girls before the clock runs out.
Actors:
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Directors:
José Manuel Cravioto
Producers:
Álex García, Rodolfo Marquez
Writers:
Rock Shaink Jr., Keith Kjornes
Studio:
High Fliers Films
Genres:
Horror, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
18/01/2016
Run Time:
76 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour

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Reviews (1) of Bound to Vengeance

Spoilers follow ... - Bound to Vengeance review by NP

Spoiler Alert
23/12/2017

One minute, Eve is a neat and cute young lady, 21 years old and declaring her love for her boyfriend on a webcam, limiting herself to a life of marriage and children with wholesome beau Ronnie (Kris Kjornes). The next we see her as she is ‘now’ – chained and sweaty and bloody, in her underwear, a prisoner of Phil (Richard Tyson).

Eve overpowers the man and makes her escape, only to find the building is in too remote an area to get help. So she returns, finds Phil has other female victims scattered around, and takes him on an enforced tour of his other girls, all chained up and clearly part of a sex trafficking business. Perversely, the girls have become so conditioned to their environment, they are not happy to be freed, which threatens to make Eve’s mercy mission twistedly redundant.

And yet she perseveres. And while the 76 minutes are filled with their fair share of running around and screaming, Director José Manuel Cravioto ensures events are tight enough to pursue a build-up of coherence and tension, so that the twist at the end is satisfying indeed.

The acting is fine throughout, with Tyson giving Phil a measured quality that makes it understandable some former victims succumb to a form of Stockholm Syndrome. As this film’s ‘final girl’ Eve, Tina Ivlev puts in a fiery and intense performance. Not for one moment do you not believe in her. Recommended.

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Critic review

Bound to Vengeance review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

Eve (Tina Ivlev) is an average 20-something girl that is kidnapped and chained in a basement, only to escape when her kidnapper Phil (Richard Tyson) doesn’t notice the blunt object hidden in her hand. The good news is that this scene opens the movie so the audience is not overly repulsed or bored by another woman in captivity thriller. The bad news is that once the woman escapes, the movie has to struggle to find something more to do. And the constant pummeling of women is the least of this picture’s terrible time filler.

After Eve is freed, she decides to go on a quest to locate and free all of Phil’s female victims he has strategically locked away across an entire county. Instead of bringing Phil to the police, she decides to keep on a lease and lugs him around town in a van to point out the spots. She stupidly makes this decision on the basis that Phil won’t talk if he is turned in. Consumed with rage and blinded by revenge, Eve believes she can be the triumphant hero by discovering these trapped women and setting them free. But she doesn’t quite think through her strategy as the women that are held for far longer react differently towards their liberator. One woman believes she is being replaced and decides to kill Eve. Another finds herself in such a panic at being freed she accidentally kills herself by tripping on sharp pipes.

There could have been something more to explore with the behavior of women being held in captivity by psychopaths that reshape their mental landscape. Sadly, it’s mostly just window dressing for a picture that plays as a mix between female empowerment and sleazy thriller writing. The movie begins with Eve already kidnapped and the mystery slowly revealing itself. But as the layers start to peel back, the story becomes even more ridiculous. The twists and developments are so absurd (almost comical) that it makes the saga of the Saw horror series seem intelligently intricate. Phil isn’t just some weird guy who obsesses over a handful of women; he maintains a stable of women held in various places and tortured in various ways. Either he’s training his own private army of crazy ladies or he has way too much time on his hands. Or it’s just bad thriller writing. And, judging by the third act twist of revealing who’s in on Phil’s plan, I’m inclined to place blame on the script.

Despite those gigantic pitfalls, there is some decent acting to prevent this whole farce from being a complete train wreck. As a female avenger, Tina Ivlev is not too shabby as the determined Eve. Richard Tyson is just as strong as the sadistic Phil the way he plays up the collected and panicked nature. But there isn’t much time to develop anything meaningful or understanding of their characters. When Phil isn’t strangling Eve, it’s Eve who is strangling Phil. Sometimes Eve has the upper hand by threatening Phil’s family and sometimes Phil can threaten not to reveal where the rest of the girls are hidden. Eve, Phil and the victims all shout back at each other. “Just shoot him!” “Tell me where the girls are!” “I won’t tell you if you kill me!” Louder and louder they continue to bicker amid baffling and unpleasant violence. Perhaps if it’s loud enough we won’t notice the convoluted plot that really stretches your suspension of disbelief to maximum.

Bound to Vengeance tries to be gritty and empowering, but ends up spinning a ludicrous thriller that piles on the plot holes with its twisty logic. It certainly is original and it will no doubt shock its audience, but probably not for its intended purpose. In its dance to convey an entertaining thriller around the subject of female torture and kidnapping, it steps fairly hard on a few toes to craft its story. How capable can your script be when a female victim has to accidentally trip and kill herself to keep the scenario going?

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