Chaos 2005 Review: The film surprises by opening with a real bang

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 (Nguc Tu Thep) 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.

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 (phim hanh dong my) 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.

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