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Coming home from a routine trip to the movies, eight-year-old Tim (Bird) and his mother, Sarah (Ormond) are picked up by a psychopathic cab driver named Bob (D'Onofrio). It ends up being their last ride together. Bob murders the young boy's mother and keeps Tim as his unwilling protégée, making him clean up the mess following each murder he commits. After a couple of aborted escape attempts, Bob chains Tim - now renamed Rabbit -- allowing just enough length to move freely within the house. As the years pass, Bob starts instructing Rabbit, teaching him anatomy and human behavior. Now a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It boasts no character insight, social commentary or discernible overall point to counter charges that this is just a redundant wallow in arted-up, torture-porn cruelty."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"[It] will likely find favour with horror audiences looking for something more thoughtful than another instalment of Saw."
‑ Damon Wise, Radio Times
"Chained is silly and nasty at the same time."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"A grimmer-than-grim tale of murder, incarceration and mayhem."
‑ James Mottram, The List
"Lynch's brutal 'buddy pic' takes some very dark turns, culminating in a walloping twist of a coda. Whether that twist is actually necessary or relevant - and I'm still undecided - this is a bleakly claustrophobic film about the ties that bind"
‑ Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
"Lynch...presents nuanced, sepia-tinged menace with a clear and determined eye."
‑ Simon Foster,
"Filmmaker Lynch (daughter of David) knows how to push our buttons, using misogynist violence to keep us uncomfortable right through this contained, stylish thriller."
‑ Rich Cline,
"Impressively directed and superbly written, this is a chilling, thought-provoking horror movie with a pair of terrific performances by Vincent D'Onofrio and newcomer Eamon Farren."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Not for the faint of heart or the weak of spirit, and probably not even for fans of more traditional horror films... this is a grenade lobbed into a genre that desperately needs its bones rattled."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Chained is confronting cinema like we rarely see, even with its share of hiccups."
‑ Shaun Munro, What Culture
"Jennifer Lynch, daughter of David, does the filmmaking equivalent of drunkenly totalling dad's prized Ferrari."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"In this claustrophobic cabbie horror, Jennifer Lynch makes us captive passengers as she traces a chain of domestic abuse to its bitter Oedipal end."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"Plenty nasty but singularly lacking in clever new twists on a weary genre."
‑ David Hughes, Empire Magazine
"It certainly makes for a traumatic watch."
‑ Matt Glasby, Total Film
"Deserves credit for trying to mine some relatively intelligent chills out of something different, topical, and primally disturbing."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
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