Jennifer Lynch has made a career out of directing films that are as far from the mainstream as possible following in the footsteps of her equally non-Hollywood father David Lynch. Her previous films Boxing Helena (1993) and Surveillance (2010) can in no way prepare audiences for what may be her most polarizing film Chained (2012).
Vincent D’Onofrio is Bob, a serial killer who uses his taxi cab to pick up his potential victims and take them to his secret home in the middle of nowhere where he proceeds to do whatever he wants to them. One day one of his victims has a son with her and he decides to kill the woman but keep the son as his own personal slave. Bob names the boy Rabbit (Eamon Farren) and forces him to do any and everything that he wants. Soon Bob begins to think of Rabbit as his own son and as the boy grows older Bob begins to teach Rabbit how to do what he does with the women that he captures and kills.
D’Onofrio gives a depraved and gripping performance as Bob proving time and time again that he is not an easy actor to pigeon hole. There hasn’t been as memorable a performance of a serial killer in a film since Michael Rooker in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986). Chained is not a film for everyone as it goes to a dark place and never comes up to the light. Some of the best films that focus on the inner workings of a serial killer go to a dark place and if nothing else this film is one of the few that can be included on the list of must see films of this type.
Lynch has proven that she has a keen eye for directing unusual material and if she is like her father her films will be worth seeking out in the future.