Friday, October 28, 2016

Movie review: Bound

When real estate broker Michelle meets Ryan she senses the chemistry immediately. What comes next however is a journey into BDSM that she never expected.

Charisma Carpenter (Michelle), Bryce Draper (Ryan), Morgan Obenreder (Dara), Michael Monks (Preston), Daniel Baldwin (Walter), Andy Tran (Lee), Mark Wilson (George), Hayley McLaughlin (Alana), Noel Arthur (Jesse).

Michelle is a real estate broker focused on saving the family business with little time to find a satisfying relationship. Meeting Ryan by chance, the sparks are obvious. As is his interest in BDSM which becomes apparent almost immediately. Ryan exposes Michelle to more and more but to his surprise it seems Michelle may actually be interested in a role reversal. While this is one is obviously riding the Fifty Shades of Grey wave it lacks the emotional detail but incorporates a couple of nice twists.

Acting was okay in this one but could have been better. While Carpenter is a joy to see in this setting, her acting feels a bit stiff and unemotional at times. Draper was decent but often felt like he was little more than eye candy. Obenreder did okay in a smaller role, while Monks did a nice job of being a jerk. Baldwin was mediocre while the remainder of the cast did reasonably well.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good with a classy, solid feel. Action, or romantic scenes in this case, were enjoyable. Dialogue was a bit thin, leaving focus on the visual with an obvious lack of emotional detail. Sound and soundtrack were decent.

Overall Bound feels a bit confused apparently trying to send an emotional message that isn't clear, with a secondary focus on the physical aspect which is also not explored well. Those who enjoy spicy after-dark movies may enjoy this one while those looking for depth will be disappointed.

With plenty of nudity, some graphic sexuality, alternative sexuality, foul language, and adult situations save this one for adults and above.

Released: 2015
Reviewed: 10.21.16
Star rating: 2 out of 5
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Steamy, Romance

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