As always, smaller films come out nipping at the heels and wanting to cash in on the hype of bigger films. At an attempt to cash in on the exposure of “50 Shades of Grey” writers Jared Cohn and Delondra Williams present the new film ‘Bound’, now available on Netflix. No shame is shown in trying to prove their greatness over the much bigger budgeted film. One of the tags even comes right out in saying “No Grey Only Black and White”. Sadly, ‘Bound’ actually makes “50 Shades of Grey” look like a classic.
This version of a B&D and S&M film stars Charisma Carpenter, known for her role as Cordelia on the “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and “Angel” TV series , and is the only name worth mentioning. Charisma stars as Michelle Mulan, a single mother fighting for respect in her fathers company. Michelle and her life are dull and boring and passive. She has no excitement in her life, nor any self confidence to take charge and make changes. Even Sex, as it turns out in the opening scene, bores her. Enter Ryan Black played by Bryce Draper. That’s right. Not Mr. Grey. This is Mr. Black. Yep. Ryan is a drug dealing low life, far from the sophistication of Mr Grey. Yet immediately after a meeting in a restaurant Michelle becomes a slave to his sexual whims, literally. Ryan promptly introduces her to the world of bondage and servitude. The writers dive right in adding forming no believable connection between the two characters. What is given is a more truthful showing of the real world of B&D and S&M than the more promoted film. Michelle loses all her sexual inhibitions and learning not just what it’s like to be a sub, but eventually what it is like to become a Dominant. Along the way Michelle somehow finds herself, her confidence, and proves what an asset she is to her fathers company, all while learning who the real Ryan Black really is.
There is nothing worth value in this film. The film revolves around a convoluted plot, horrendous acting, over dramatic yet cheesy music video like adult scenes, and terribly written dialogue. Even when trying to be sincere and erotic, come across as embarrassingly hilarious. When Ryan gives a command and Michelle answers with “Yes Master” you expect to see the actors bust out laughing… as you just did. Even Michelle’s striking back scene comes across as a joke.
If you were a fan of Charisma Carpenter and hoped her career would blossom, you would be wise to avoid this -B skinflick. The writers do a better job of showing you what the real world of B&D and S&M truly is, but sadly they inform you in a pitiful film that even cable channels would think twice about showing.