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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 24 August 2009
Statham forgoes the martial arts (mostly) in favour of playing a troubled but seemingly self-confident and hard-nosed police detective faced with a psychotic bank robber and murderer played by Wesley Snipes. But all is not as it seems - which is both the underpinning idea within Chaos theory and also the principle upon which the whole film is based. The hidden patterns don't coalesce into the reality of what actually IS happening until the final few scenes.

As a film, 'Chaos' fluctuates between action and dialogue, but personally I found that to be very effective. Films that are almost all action soon dull or overload the senses, whereas the changes in tempo and tension in 'Chaos' serve to lift you up, let you relax a little, and then hit you again.

If you like films such as 'The Inside Man' or 'The Bank Job', then you are likely to enjoy this. It is certainly worth watching and although not quite worth five stars, it is certainly well worth four.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 18 June 2015
I came across this sharp thriller from 2005 ten years late, but better late than never, as they say.
"Chaos" stars laconic action hero Jason Statham as Seattle cop Quentin Connors. Under suspension after a civilian is shot, Connors is recalled to duty and teamed with a new young partner (the very impressive Ryan Phillippe) when a hostage taker at a bank (Wesley Snipes) demands to deal with Connors personally.
Naturally the situation begins to unravel, and we've seen much of what follows often; shoot-outs, car chases, explosions, the "oil and water" cops who turn out to be a great match. However "Chaos" has an edge which lifts it above many of its kind. The dynamic pairing of Statham and Phillippe is complemented by an intelligent script which throws in enough sneaky little twists to keep the viewer hooked. Director Tony Giglio keeps a tight hand on the tiller, and delivers a taut and pacy piece of work which is very well worth seeing.
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on 30 August 2011
A new cop pairing, rookie Phillipe and vet Statham, are on the chaotic chase of master bank heist criminal Snipes.

This is a clever idea, executed too obviously, and thus makes for a disappointing, if not predictable run of the mill action Movie. Statham is his usual gruff one dimensional self , Phillipe is again a timid rookie and the bearded Snipes a cocky master criminal. Although debatably ambitious, with a strong cast it is just another forgettable action drone.

Watch Inside Man, Heat or Italian Job - they are all better.
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VINE VOICEon 1 May 2008
If you are expecting a big budget, high action, big effects movie then you should probably go and by something else. If you are wanting a high concept, highly convoluterd storyline with many subtle twists and turns then you should probably by something else.

If you are happy with an easy, uncomplicated "thriller" that makes a great Friday/Saturday Night Movie then this is for you.

Anything that has a star line-up of Jason, Wesley & Ryan is not going to set the A list alight. This is a very creditable B movie - small budget, reasonably acted and unsubtle movie.

It begins with a shooting on a bridge, includes a very explosive bank robbery and ends with a slight twist. See it as an ordinary film and this is well worth watching. Statham is good as the cop brought back from suspension at the request of the robbers; Snipes is passable as the main villian and Phillipe is average as the young rookie cop.
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VINE VOICEon 21 March 2008
A film that has sat on the shelf for a few years and that had some finance problems, resulting in a scaled down budget, Chaos is good in some parts but fails to excite.

Jason Statham stars as a suspended cop who is called back into to negotiate with bank robber Wesley Snipes. He is also saddled with a new partner Ryan Philippe.

All three play there stereotypical roles well enough, but Snipes drops out of the film for large portions (as does Statham near the end), and thus most of the action scenes are carried by Philippe.

The chaos theory is supposed to be the main driving device of the plot, but is only referenced a few times and actually quite unnecessary, as the plot could have worked without it.

The plot twists and turns and twists some more, but the pace is uneven with very few action scenes between long strands of talky talky scenes.

Over all not bad, but not enough pace to be a solid thriller and not enough action to be a explosive blockbuster add to that a final denouncement that is not that much of a surprise 'twist' and you've got a movie that was probably a good concept on paper, but quite dull on screen.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 22 December 2012
There are some films that are basically the same story you've seen a hundred times, but are done in a way that just elevates them above the mediocre. Chaos is one of them. You can hate it for Jason Statham's (dubious) attempt at an American accent, or you can just ignore it and go along for the ride.

Jason Statham and Ryan Phillippe play a couple of cops on the trail of Wesley Snipes, after he and a gang rob a bank. Or do they? There are many questions raised by the `heist' and, although some have likened it to `Inside Man' (another film about a bank heist) Chaos may start out predictable, but there are enough twists and turns along the way to keep it interesting.

It'll never be a classic. It doesn't have the `star power' to really make people take much notice of it. And, like I said, it's not a classic, but, if you're looking for some cops and robbers action with a few decent twists, you could probably do worse (like try and do an American accent when you're from London - seriously, they could have just made it so that Statham was a British guy who just so happened to work in the U.S.).
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on 24 January 2015
I've seen this movie loads of times is in my dvd collection am writing a review because of the negative ones about this movie which I can't believe first of all story is predictable but most trillers are I think this is a very intelligent triller goes along at a nice slow pace keeps you watching even though you probably have guessed what happens the star of this movie has to be ryan philippe and only played a supporting role jason statham who says he can't act I think jason is one of the most intelligent actors out there and shows in this movie Wesley snipes well I was kinda suprised he was in this movie but he did a good job of you haven't watched it because of negative reviews ignore them and watch this movie!
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on 13 February 2009
Oh how the mighty have fallen! It wasn't too long ago when Wesley Snipes was top-lining your latest studio blockbuster, whereas now he is forced into making brief appearances in straight-to-DVD movies playing second fiddle to the likes of Ryan Phillippe and Jason Statham! He has always been a good actor and it is slightly sad to see him unable to continue displaying his considerable talent. You are now able to buy a `Wesley Snipes 6-Pack' boxset containing 6 of these nuggets for a knock-down price! Six!? How sad! The boxset contains all of his movies after the slide began post the release of Blade Trinity. These movies are distributed under a label known as `The Fight Factory', who are also responsible for the recent Straight-to-DVD output of Steven Segal, Jean Claude Van Damme and, most tragically, Cuba Gooding Jnr and Val Kilmer. Chaos though manages to avoid this ignominy, and is a Lionsgate picture. So let me review it:-

Wesley (in the first of the 4 scenes he appears in) and his associates hijack a hi-tech downtown bank and lockdown the sophisticated security system. Ex-Police detective Jason Statham is pressed back into service after Snipes informs police he is the only man he will negotiate with. Statham's character is disgraced, a story told in flashback, after an incident at a bridge a few years prior. Arriving at the scene of the heist Statham immediately orders the building to be hit, triggering the booby traps placed at the perimeter by Snipes and his goons - quite a spectacular scene it is too, as squads of SWAT get blown backwards by the explosion. Entering the shattered forecourt the police find the robbers have disappeared and, even more strangely, no money seems to have been taken. Statham and Phillippe are assigned to the case and tasked to track down the mastermind behind the heist and figure out what their true plan actually was.

Naming the film `Chaos' is fairly appropriate, the idea of creating so many different possibilities as to render unravelling such a scheme nigh on impossible. Though maybe the term `misdirection' would be more accurate - though that doesn't make a very catchy title! From this point on the movie is fairly respectable; the crime scenes they encounter seem suitably grimy and on a par with the authenticity of Homicide Life on the Streets or The Wire. Some of the co-stars who appear briefly in these scenes are also very plucky - realising the possible `once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity' of appearing in a movie - to really show off what they can do. Including an `unbelievably hot' Natasha Malte (Bloodrayne 2), who shines during an interrogation scene. As the action shifts forward Statham and Phillippe wade knee-deep through a multitude of white trash before stumbling upon compelling evidence regarding a recently deceased fellow officer. At this point Statham is called upon to display emotion that he isn't always required to show in his other movies. And, when he does, it never really comes across as convincing. But he does just about manage to master subtlety when he has to.

The picture does fall down slightly when the twist is finally revealed. It all seems slightly convenient and doesn't logically make much sense. Nevertheless this is still a detailed and intelligent thriller that definitely cuts the mustard on an obviously tight budget. Phillippe puts in a decent gritty performance as the moral cop. And of course Snipes is also worth watching, even though he barely has the chance to say a few lines in very much a supporting role. Hollywood come in! He's paid his taxes, now give the poor bloke a chance again!
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on 4 October 2012
I can't strongly disagree with all the earlier comments - it's certainly not the best ever such film, but - I'd have to say - not at all bad (apart from The Stath's 'Mercan accent - that is definately NOT good!)

The director's commentary, however, was excellent. Tony Giglio speak very intelligently and with insight about his film, and this is well worth listening to.

At this price, I would say go for the DVD - it will certainly fill a couple of evenings with something reasonably cerebral.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 23 September 2015
Wow this movie is really excellent and keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat right the way through.

I don't believe in giving the game away by telling people the whole plot, suffice to say that the ending of this film is something you will never have imagined and it's a brilliant movie. Get the snacks ready and settle down to watch this.
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