Bound [2011] (Movie Review)

Plot Summary

Cheri Harper is always on the run from the law and from men who want to use her for their own gain.  She has gotten good at running, but when she is finally captured by police, she expects that all is over for her.  However, the sheriff who finds her does something completely unexpected—he takes her to the house of a mysterious man who seems to keep her in captivity once again, only he treats her differently than any man has ever treated her.  Will Cheri be able to learn to stop running and surrender?


Production Quality (1 point)

Especially in the beginning, Bound is a very cheap-looking production.  There is poor video quality and lighting at first, as well as shaky camera work.  Audio quality is quite inconsistent and the soundtrack is lacking.  Sets and locations are very raw underwhelming.  There are too many montages and repeated footage throughout.  However, the production overall tends to improve as it does, as is the case with many freshman productions.  This demonstrated improvement saves the production from being abysmal and shows potential for the future.

Plot and Storyline Quality (.5 point)

While the first eight minutes of this film have zero dialogue, like other elements of this film, the dialogue does at least improve as it goes on.  However, there are some bizarre characters and jokes in the beginning.  The character start off as very one-dimensional and cardboard, yet they show marked improvement later on, even though they still have work to do.  The premise of this plot is slightly unusual and unrealistic, yet at the same time, this idea is slightly interesting, even though it needs further development and exploration.  Though the flashbacks are cheesy, there are good attempts at crafting the backstories of the characters.  However, there is too much wasted time and the Christian message presented is cheesy.  There is also a rushed and empty romantic subplot that is a part of fixing things too easily in the end.  Basically, this is an interesting start that needs a lot more work.

Acting Quality (1 point)

At first, like other elements in this film, the acting is lazy and very stilted.  Some cast members do not fit the culture they are supposed to be representing.  Yet the acting tends to improve and it seems like coaching is employed later on.  This amateur cast has potential—they just needed to be brought to life better.


Bound is a commendable attempt to do something different, but it needs deepening in order to be realistic.  The characters need to be more realistic and need more engaging dialogue.  The premise needs to be explained and fleshed out a little more.  The production needs an overall upgrade and the acting coaching needs to be expanded.  But it seems like this team has potential, so it will be interesting see what they come up with next.


Final Rating: 2.5 out of 10 points



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