What You Need To Know:
(Ab, Ro, LL, VVV, S, A, M) Anti-Biblical romantic worldview featuring violence as a means to gaining family ties; 7 obcenities, 5 vulgarities & 5 profanities; extreme violence incluing terrorizing elderly couple, child bites & kicks policeman, bloody beatings, kicking, clubbings, throats cut, neck broken, stabbings, attempted hanging, & woman threatens to kill newborn; implied marital sex & woman tries to seduce policeman; alcohol use; and, woman thinks she has power of "laying-on-of-hands."
THE TIE THAT BINDS is literally the bond between parent and child, in this case between John and Leann Netherwood and their daughter, Janie. The film plays on this bond, making it the sole motive for a systematic campaign of terror and revenge that the Netherwoods employ in order to regain custody of their daughter after the state places her in a foster home. The Netherwoods, alas, are the worst parents imaginable. The “lucky” foster parents, Dana and Russell Clifton hope to adopt Janie in spite of her troubled past. The plot becomes predictable and even unbelievable as the Netherwoods track down and kill all the people who know of Janie’s whereabouts, as they slowly make their way to a confrontation with the Cliftons.
Beyond this, the film suffers from a lack of moral vision. What is the message here? Is it that there are sociopaths who have strong attachments to their children? That there are good people willing to adopt the offspring of such monsters? If so, is it appropriate to spend millions of dollars to make a film with this kind of message? Add to this a poor script, and even the most cynical Hollywood producer would have to answer a resounding “No.” A predictable plot and excessive violence add up to a worthless viewing experience.