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Jennifer Chambers Lynch
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About the Movie
From the twisted mind of Jennifer Lynch (HISSS, SURVEILLANCE), the daughter of acclaimed director David Lynch, comes one of the most violent and psychologically disturbing films of the year. When eight-year-old Tim (Eamon Farren of X: NIGHT OF VENGEANCE) and his mother, Sarah (Julia Ormond of TV’s MAD MEN, TV’s LAW & ORDER: CI), get picked up by a psychopathic cab driver named Bob (Vincent D’Onofrio of FULL METAL JACKET, TV’s LAW & ORDER: CI), 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. Years later, as a teenager, Tim must choose whether to follow in Bob’s serial killer footsteps or break free. Also starring, Jake Weber (DAWN OF THE DEAD), Gina Phillips (JEEPERS CREEPERS), and Evan Bird (TV’s THE KILLING).
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 15
- Fresh: 11
- Rotten: 4
- Average Rating: 5.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: 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.
Fresh: Lynch...presents nuanced, sepia-tinged menace with a clear and determined eye.
Fresh: In this claustrophobic cabbie horror, Jennifer Lynch makes us captive passengers as she traces a chain of domestic abuse to its bitter Oedipal end.
Fresh: A grimmer-than-grim tale of murder, incarceration and mayhem.
A (plus) Letter to Ms Lynch
Dear Ms Lynch: Thank you for being uncompromising.... In your vision, your curiosity, your camera work, your direction, your genes. You and your father have given the world cinematic remembrances for all time. We shall always have movies like Chained to keep us company when '13 Going on 30' runs on TBS for the 86th time. I adore your ability to dominate the viewer like a boxer going 12 rounds. You don't yield; you finish the job. I was blown away by Vincent; I always knew he was a great actor, but how can he be so convincing? Your direction led the way. This film is deep in my bones now, never to vanish. I will remember its tormented souls, battling depravity versus goodness. Humanity is both; and sometimes cannot be reconciled. Some of us die inexplicably, and in inexplicable ways; while others live blissfully above the fog and stench of the 7 deadly sins. You intertwined sin and forgiveness into a motion picture that does not preach an agenda, but it does make me think twice about my reclusive next door neighbor... I think I owe you a hug. Sincerely, your battered but not bruised friend.