For the entire month of April, Cinefessions will once again be locked inside The Asylum, reviewing tons of releases by the famed studio. Every weekday throughout April you will get another Asylum review. April’s podcast will also be devoted to films from The Asylum.
I was stoked to watch Bound. We figured Fifty Shades of Grey was going to be terrible, and it was. But because of it, we get an Asylum mockbuster starring Cordelia Chase from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Charisma Carpenter)? Oh, hell yes!
So let’s get it out of the way: Charisma Carpenter shows her goodies within the first few seconds of the film, and this makes it worth the price of admission alone. You get a few solid shots throughout, and the kink is pretty good. It isn’t “Skinamax” level good, but good enough, and better than what we get to see in Fifty Shades of Grey.
Bound is the story of the daughter of a wealthy real estate broker who falls in love with a younger man. He introduces her to BDSM (bondage, dominance, sadism, and masochism). The film is a little predictable and unbelievable. She just meets this guy and lust takes over, and she becomes his submissive. What I find interesting, though, is that Bound is a mix of Fifty Shades of Grey, Fear, and Addiction, and dammit, I enjoyed it
The acting is rather tight, mainly from Carpenter and Daniel Baldwin, although I didn’t buy him as her dad as she’s no spring chicken anymore. If I had to compare the acting in this and Fifty Shades of Grey, I would honestly say that I believe these guys more so than the couple in Fifty Shades, who had zero chemistry.
Bound isn’t your typical mockbuster. It has a better, solid B-star cast who can actually act, the plot moves at a fast enough pace, it offers enough T&A for at least a rental, and the final act doesn’t go where I expected it to. Bound isn’t a great movie by Hollywood standards, but, hey, this is The Asylum, and it’s one of their best.
Chris was raised on horror films, which gave him a deep love for the genre, especially its most quirky and offbeat titles (like A Nightmare on Elm Street 2). This love quickly turned into an obsession for cinema in 1997, when he decided he needed to see every major theatrical release. Video games (JRPGs), reading (anything but fantasy), and reality television (Survivor) are just some of his other passions. He’s been with Cinefessions since 2013, and has been writing reviews all over the internet for the past twelve years.