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Film / Bound (2015)

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Bound is a 2015 film by The Asylum that is a Mockbuster of the Fifty Shades of Grey film. Charisma Carpenter is Michelle Mulan, daughter of a wealthy real estate broker played by Daniel Baldwin, and a divorced mother of a teenage daughter. She meets Ryan Black who seems to have a sinister control over her that she can't resist. When her life starts falling apart due to her obsession with him, and with BDSM, she decides that she needs to take control of her life.

No relation to the 1996 film of the same name.


This film provides examples of:

  • Bondage Is Bad: Seems to be implied by Black's behavior, but it turns out that he's an outlier, an abuser who uses BDSM as an excuse.
  • Chained to a Bed: Happens to Dara, Michelle's daughter, who's apparently been seeing Ryan on the side.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: George, Michelle's boyfriend, is deeply in love with her, but Michelle is unsatisfied with the relationship. She even goes as far as to end it with George and blatantly tell him that she's seeing someone else (Ryan).
  • Mockbuster: To Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Mr. Fanservice: Bryce Draper fulfils this role through numerous shirtless scenes.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Considering it’s Charisma Carpenter starring in a Fifty Shades of Grey knock off, this is pretty much a given. She's shown topless at length, with the camera focusing on her rather large breasts during sex and abuse under the cover of BDSM roleplaying.
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  • Necktie Leash: At the end of the film, Michelle to Jessie to indicate the change in terms of who is in charge.
  • Playing Gertrude: Charisma Carpenter is only 10 years younger than Daniel Baldwin, who plays her father.
  • Professionals Do It on Desks: Ryan convinces Michelle to have sex with him on her father's desk. It works on a few different levels. First, it emphasizes his control over her by getting her to push past her boundaries. Secondly, he's using an extended "daddy" metaphor where he tells her that she's submissive because she always wanted to please her father, but that he's her father now.
  • Safe, Sane, and Consensual: Partway through the film, when Michelle shows up at the bondage club on her own, one of the dominatrices schools her on how BDSM requires full trust and willingness from both parties, and that what Ryan does is just being a violent abuser.
  • Safe Word: Despite having just been introduced to the concept, and no mention of safewords in the dialog, Michelle knows that the way to stop Ryan in the alley is by repeatedly saying "Red".