Chaos (2005)

"Grim"

Chaos (2005) Review


Though it ended up going straight to DVD in the U.S. (after earning a total of about $1 million in France), Chaos surprises by opening with a real bang. Might something good actually come of this? The film opens with a big bank heist -- always a reliable crowd-pleaser -- in which Wesley Snipes' Lorenz holes up and makes a bunch of demands, including that suspended cop Quentin Conners (Jason Statham) be brought in to negotiate. But just when things look like they're going to get interesting, Lorenz blows up the bank, the hostages all run out, and Lorenz vanishes... along with the movie's engagement.

Chaos immediately descends into doldrums, with Conners and extremely strange partner Shane (Ryan Phillippe) trying to figure out who Lorenz is and why he robbed a bank but didn't steal anything. Cat and mouse ensues, Seven style, until we figure out the truth that's been telegraphed since the very beginning. (And trust me, everything you need to fill in the pieces can be found in the last two paragraphs.)

Unfortunately, that cat and mouse game is wholly lifeless, coming across as filler between the exciting opening sequence and the ending, though even that is hardly enough to make you pry your eyelids open. The film is filled with scenes like those where Phillippe wanders around like Rain Man, muttering quotes about chaos theory, his one clue to Lorenz's identity. Needless to say, that kind of kills the action mood, and fast.



Facts and Figures

Box Office Worldwide: $10.3 thousand

Budget: $12M

Production compaines: Mobius International, Chaotic Productions, Current Entertainment, Rampage Entertainment, Pierce-Williams, Zero Gravity Management, Epsilon Motion Pictures, Möbius Entertainment

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5

Cast & Crew

Director: Tony Giglio

Producer: Michael Derbas, Huw Penalt Jones, Gavin Wilding,

Starring: as Det. Quentin Conners, as Det. Shane Dekker, as Lorenz / Jason York, as Capt. Martin Jenkins, as Det. Teddy Galloway, as Det. Vincent Durano, as Karen Cross, Rob LaBelle as Bank Manager, as Det. Bernie Callo, Damon Johnson as Brendan Dax, as Harry Hume, as Marnie Rollins, as Gina Lopez, Ty Olsson as Damon Richards, as Chris Lei, Ken Medlock as Officer MacDunner, as Pretty Waitress, Michasha Armstrong as Xander Harrington, as Lamar Galt, Garvin Cross as SWAT Commander, as Det. Thomas Branch

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