Apr 24, 2010

Chaos Review


Premise:
After a hostage situation goes awry, Detective Quentin Conners (Jason Statham) is suspended from the police force. Months later a highly intelligent bank robber seizes hold of said-location, taking all of it's inhabitants hostage. This mysterious mastermind (Wesley Snipes) tells the negotiators on the scene he'll only talk to detective Quentin Conners. With Conners on the job, we find ourselves in a cat and mouse chase full of twists and turns that take us out of the bank and all across town.


Standouts:
What stood out to me was how generic and awful a lot of the dialog was. A wise adage I once heard was "Not everything Jason Statham is in is great, but Jason Statham is great in everything he's in." Wesley Snipes was definitely awesome as well. But if you want to talk let-down, you must be thinking about the fight between Statham and Snipes. Let's recap something here for those casting. Watch Blade. Watch Wesley Snipes throw bodies through walls with his foot. Watch Transporter. Watch Jason Statham pretzel bad guys in the blink of an eye. I'll ruin this right now for everyone so no one's as let down as I was - there is no fist-fight between these two. There are some fist fights and both have their moments of hand-to-hand combat, but being a cop movie it's mostly fire fights that move the movie from point A to point B.


My Highlights:
Ryan Phillippe's crazy motorcycle chase, as well as his interrogation methods. One of those most "holy crap" moments of the movie however come toward the end during an intense conversation with a lowly evidence guard. So if you watch this movie and it looks like one of these two scenes is about to go down, strap yourselves in!


Overall Rating:
The dialog was obliviously terrible (some movies know they can't portray talking scenes and try to focus primarily on the action, but this movie was sadly about 60% action and 40% talking. Especially the end, which, no doubt in my mind should have taken half the time it took. But I love Jason Statham, I love Wesley Snipes, this had some amazing action sequences, and Ryan Phillippe wasn't half bad either. So I'll give it a respectable 3*'s out of 5 or 6*'s out of 10.


When You Should See It:
If you're the kind of person who wants to watch the entire Statham or Snipes filmography, its something to get around to. Even if you're really into gun fights and don't mind mediocre writing, go for it. But as entertaining as it can be, it's also very skippable. Personally, the Statham film-ranking I'd give (for the films I've seen of his) is as followed:

1) Crank 2
2) Transporter 2
3) Transporter
4) Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels
5) The One
6) Crank
7) Revolver
8) Death Race
9) Chaos
10) Transporter 3

So you see, it's not the worst Statham movie ever.

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