Bound to Vengeance (2015) *1/2
D: José Manuel Cravioto
C: Tina Ivlel, Richard Tyson, Bianca Malinowski, Kristoffer Kjornes, Dustin Quick, Dylan C. Thomas, Stephanie Charles, Scott Vance, Nihan Gur
Plot Synopsis: A young girl, chained in the basement of a sexual predator, escapes and turns the tables on her captor.
Review: When it comes to watching a movie, even a horror movie, there has to be a foundation of logic. When we see characters make stupid decisions, especially in slashers, there's a reason why people groan. It's because the characters are making decisions that no normal person would ever make. Those decisions bring attention to the flaws in the script and make them all the more noticeable.
In Bound to Vengeance, we watch as a former captive forces her captor to tell her where his other victims. The former captive's goal is not only try to save these hostages, but to free them as well. We watch as these two characters go from one location to the next in this odyssey from hell. Just one question, why? After obtaining the keys to her captor's van, why doesn't the captive try to find a phone and call the police? Or in another instance, the captor is willing to turn himself in and confess to what he did. Why not allow him to do so?
As the proceedings unfold, we never truly understand what makes this captive character tick. Why does she do the things that she does? Where does her train of thought come from? The result, a film that defies any kind of human rationale. At some point, someone involved with this production figured this out and made a thin attempt at explaining the captive character's behavior. However, this doesn't come into play until the film's final moments and even over the closing credits. By then, it's too late.
Bound to Vengeance is a competently made & acted film, but so what? Production values can only carry a film so far. Without any insight into who the characters are or what makes them tick, this entire production is an hollow charade of nothingness. [Not Rated] 80 minutes.
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