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A surprising movie

Posted : 6 years, 10 months ago on 16 August 2011 08:26

Honestly, I wasn't expecting much from this flick but since there was a decent cast, I thought I should check it out. Fortunately, this movie turned out to be a nice surprise and it was actually better than I expected. Back in the 90's, Wesley Snipes was a major action star but nowadays his movies are really lame and most of a time directly released in DVD. As a matter of fact, I found out later on that this movie was actually also released on direct-to-DVD in the USA but it still turned out to be one of the best movies starring Wesley Snipes I have seen in the last 10 years. Indeed, the whole thing was rather well made with some cool action scenes and the story was rather decent with a good cast (Wesley Snipes, Jason Statham, Ryan Philippe). I read here and there that some viewers thought that Jason Statham gave a poor performance but I thought it was rather irrelevant. Indeed, Statham has a rather limited range as an actor and basically plays over and over again the same character but I thought he was rather convincing in this flick. Above all, I was entertained during the whole thing. To conclude, it is not a masterpiece whatsoever but it remains a decent action movie and I think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre.

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Strong but underwhelming.

Posted : 10 years, 2 months ago on 23 April 2008 03:17

"You picked the wrong day not to use the ATM."

Chaos is just another cop/bad guy thriller with a few good names attached. I never expected this to be anything more than it turned out to be, which is disappointing especially when you consider the talent involved.

When a cop is suspended after a questionable decision during a hostage crisis, a group of five men commence a bank robbery downtown and will only negotiate with suspended cop Conners (Statham).

But when the criminals escape and disappear, the police must now work to flush them out and discover what really happened.

Effective cop thriller certainly has its moments, but it's sorely lacking in many aspects. First of all; the script. By using so much cop slang throughout the running time, the plot twists aren't in any way understandable and the film wants the audience to think far too hard about everything. Now I detest filmmakers who spoon feed everything to the audience, but there's a fine line between spoon feeding and not letting the audience understand what the hell is actually going on!

There's also some weird, miss-guided guff about the chaos theory thrown in there just to give the film a more promising title.

The film's pacing is another issue. With little action, the audience is forced to sit through endless scenes of drama that attempt to make the film smarter than it actually is. Still, Statham carries the movie quite well and there are a number of highly impressive names here as well.

The twist at the end is also kind of redeeming, and the film ends with a climax that is both unexpected and unconventional. It's just a shame the rest of the film didn't carry such intelligence.

Overall, Chaos is worth seeing but you won't be regretting it if you give it a pass.

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Great Twist

Posted : 10 years, 9 months ago on 15 September 2007 11:59

Now THIS is a great movie!
Right up there in my fav movies, and for so many reasons ..
Its confusing at times, well, the first time you see it. But it is genious and i guarentee when you see it you will love the ending.
AMAZING acting by Jason Statham! Wesley Snipes - Perfect bad guy for this movie. Aand rising star Ryan Phillipe would have got a lot out of this movie. Definetly great acting from him!
Great Twist at the end, really amazing movie, well worth the rating!

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Posted : 10 years, 10 months ago on 18 August 2007 10:46

I have seen better "in the end all pieces fit together" movies than this one (much better and many, that is), but still: I like Statham, and taking the attention from the main actors and letting the 2nd row characters be the heros in the end had its moment.

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