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As regional character disappears and corporate culture shapes our environment, it's increasingly hard to tell where you are. In Chain, malls, theme parks, hotels and highways across the globe are joined into one "superlandscape." Two characters appear: one is a businessperson sent out to study theme park prospects; the other is a young drifter, surviving on the fringes of a mall. The feature film mixes documentary and narrative to tell their stories. -- © Antidote Films
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What might have been highly effective as a nonfiction short is extended way beyond its dramatic possibilities, and the narrative structure Cohen has devised adds little to the overall effect."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"It's still thought-provoking, but not quite as profound as it pretends to be."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Jem Cohen's nightmarish portrait of a deracinated world includes footage shot over 10 years in several countries but cut together so seamlessly that the film seems to unfold in a single, continuous strip of malls, hotels and airports."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A hypnotically involving film based on the genuinely novel idea of stitching together shots taken over a six-year period in 11 American states and six countries."
‑ Eddie Cockrell, Variety
"A dreamlike travelogue that transforms a mundane world into something strange and new."
‑ Ed Halter, Village Voice
"Jem Cohen's visually haunting film deliberately blurs the lines between fiction, documentary and cinematic essay."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Both Nikaido and her untrained co-star, Mira Billotte, do too good a job at portraying ennui and Chain suffers as much as it succeeds from it."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
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