Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Lelia Goldoni, Peter Looney, David Kallaway, Mark Irvingsen, Jody Jaress
Director: Dylan Reynolds
Recently released from prison, Anthony takes steps towards a better life and to have the family he?s always desired. But circumstances compel him to return to a life of crime, affecting the ones he loves, and this time he ... more »
Ever wonder what 12 drunk people sound like on a commentary?
Steve Kuehl | Ben Lomond, CA | 04/08/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Look no further. Aside from that, this was actually a good freshman film for this crew. Gritty, depressing, and hopeless, yet some believable performances.
The story follows a loser dad, played well by an unknown (as is the rest of the cast actually) who is losing all that has meaning since his recent stint in jail. Through the coarse of a single day, we see him try to bond with his estranged son, hold a job and stay out of trouble. Eventually, we come to see that this guy really has no hope of succeeding at anything, and will resort to the criminal ways in order to facilitate existing. The scenes are long, the acting believable, and the general feel of hopelessness is conveyed adequately.
Trivia wise, I think this has to be the only film where three of the actors that all got there starts in the 70s, disappeared for 30 years then came together for their first recognizable film in the 2000s. Their roles were my favorite parts of the movie - Jody Jaress who plays the heartfelt mother of the lead character, Peter Looney playing the way too old sheriff (reminded me of Levon Helm a bit) and Jim Storm playing the grumpy scrap yard owner.
The commentary is an example of how not to do one, and I lasted for 15 minutes before calling it quits. They had the whole acting crew and assorted staff present for a commentary party. I understand it was fun for them but trying to obtain anything meaningful out of all the conversations gets tedious. No other extras, the video quality is poor, out of focus at times and the audio is standard. But I couldn't really ding those aspects as it fits in with the dirty feel of the film. A 3-star film but an extra bump for the performances."
You want to watch it again and again...
Redlipped Lady | California | 03/03/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've seen this film at the theater several times now and I'm still wanting to own a copy. It's not that it's an amazingly new type of film, but the characters are so full and interesting, that you want to keep watching them... but, of course the movie ends!
"Chain Link" isn't a new story... ex-con comes home to reunite with loved ones and still messes up... but the 'way' new filmmaker Dylan Reynolds wrote the dialog and his use of cinema verte' style camera work makes this film special somehow. It definately stands out from the majority of Independent films on the market right now. Dylan's scenes are mostly long, which gives you time to study these characters and become attached. And the actors portray them so skillfully it sounds like they ad libbed the whole thing... but they didn't! I was at a screening and asked that very question. I especially liked a couple of scenes between the ex-con, Anthony (Mark Irvingsen) and his mom (Jody Jaress) in the opening, and then a very emotionally charged phone call...EXCELLENT. Oh, and the scene where Anthony talks to his son, Little Man (Luciano Rauso) about the facts of life! You probably will never hear this explaination on film again!! I cracked up! The whole audience did... every show! There are soooo many really good scenes that I'd be telling you the whole film if I keep going on.
I don't know why I'm writing this review other than I understand this is Dylan Reynold's first feature length film... and like Cassavetes first films (Shadows, with Lelia Goldoni from Chain Link), you may want to own Chain Link and then be looking for Dylan's next film and start a collection. He's really good and you ought to see it. Own it/rent it, but see it... in my opinion."