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According to one reference source, 'The name "chaos theory" comes from the fact that the systems that the theory describes are apparently disordered, but chaos theory is really about finding the underlying order in apparently random data.', and to enjoy the ride in this action film, understanding the chaos theory is helpful if not essential. In writing and directing CHAOS, Tony Giglio (as he explains in one of the featurettes on the DVD) worked to make an action movie that was more than just pyrotechnics and killing (though those are in abundance in this film!), and instead return to the atmosphere of older 'French Connection' type crime dramas. To accomplish this he uses the chaos theory to create just enough twists to keep the audience surprised. If the film doesn't open new doors for the genre, it certainly supplies enough entertainment to make it worth watching.

The film opens on a bridge in Seattle where an incident involving detective Quentin Connors (Jason Statham) and another unidentified detective results in Connors being dismissed from the police force. A sophisticated bank heist ensues and the head of the heist is one Lorenz (Wesley Snipes) who, when surrounded by the police after an explosion jolts the neighborhood, demands to negotiate the hostages situation with Connors: Captain Jenkins (Henry Czerny) and a new police recruit Detective Shane Dekker (Ryan Phillippe) recruit the reluctant, fired Connors to return to Seattle to take charge - with Dekker as his partner. From this point on the story is a mélange of mind-bending assaults on the back using the chaos theory to trace the elements of discovery. Just when the audience is comfortable with knowing the good guys from the bad guys, the chessboard turns and surprises occur that leave the story with a sense of incomplete thought on the part of the script, but also an appreciation for the degree of suspense the story has presented.

The strong character in the film is Ryan Phillippe who is able to hold his own with the practiced action hero antics of Statham and Snipes. There are some standout cameos, such as Keegan Connor Tracy who has one of the more sensually seductive roles on film, Henry Czerny as the forceful super chief, and Justine Waddell and Nicholas Lea as the detectives who shoulder the only truth in the tale. Not a great action movie but one with a modicum of intelligence that makes is rise above the many others in this category. Grady Harp, February 08
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This film is filled with action, car chases, shootings, fist fighting, anger, and suspense from the moment it begins when a detective (Jason Statham) is suspended from the police force because a daughter of a prominent politician is killed during a hostage taking. This is followed by an apparent bank robbery when some forty or more people are taken hostage and the senior robber (Wesley Snipes) insists that he will only negotiate with Statham. The police agree and Statham is reinstated. Matters go wrong, the bank blows up, and the robbers are able to escape. The police need to find out what was taken, who were the robbers, why did they want to negotiate with Statham, and catch them. Statham is portrayed as an angry man who believes that the only way to catch criminals is to "bend the law," a “Dirty Harry” type character. He is partnered with a young college-educated man who wants to live up to his "hero father," also a cop, who had died in service. Both Statham and the young men are very knowledgeable and resourceful.
The theme of the film is the "Chaos Theory": matters seem to be chaotic, unrelated, yet by analysis they can be seen to be related. Thus, despite the many actions and suspense, the film is filled with what may appear to be unrelated matters, red herrings, but are they?
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on August 29, 2009
I enjoyed this movie as it had more than it's share of twists & turns. The action is great, I like the actors & it's less than $10 for the Blu-ray right now, that's even less than the DVD! The video quality looked great on my 106" screen through my 1080p Mits HC5000 projector. Grab some popcorn, your favorite drink, sit back and enjoy the ride....with a little chaos along the way! :-)
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on August 11, 2015
I really loved this movie! Jason Stratham and Wesley Snipes were perfect together! They really did a wonderful job! I did not think that this movie would have a big twist to it but it did! I'm not going to give the movie away you will just have to watch it! Love this!
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on March 16, 2010
I am not a Statham fan, but picked this up for a gift and it was 9.99 - Wow, what a great movie. I cant believe it was that good. Blu ray quality was also excellent. Alot of twists and turns to the movie, kept my interest and I will watch it again. Can't go wrong w/this movie. Casting along w/acting was good
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on August 8, 2014
I am a giant Statham fan and it doesn't hurt that the production and direction and plot formula surrounding his movies always delivers!

So here he is again kicking ass and in this one we get to see one of the greatest chase scenes in Hollywood History.

Stathan NEVER lets you down!
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on May 7, 2014
Thoroughly enjoyed Chaos, the story of a po-leese officer that had been removed from duty by a claim of illegal activity, but was recalled to duty to investigate a bank robbery, a very high interest action where the Captain wanted him to do the investigation. Some unsuspected things went on in the film, and was over very good. Jason Statham played a good role.
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on April 23, 2015
Another winner of a film is the 2005 showing of "Chaos". It is written and directed by Tony Giglio and is currently available on NetFlix Instant Download Streaming. Featured characters include Jason Statham, Ryan Phillppe, Wesley Snipes, Henry Czerny, Justine Waddell, Nicholas Lea, Jessica Steen, Rob LaBelle, John Cassini, Damon Johnson, Paul Perri, Keegan Connor Tracy, Natassia Malthe, Ty Olsson, Terry Chen, Mike Dopud, Michasha Armstrong, Kim Howey, Gaston Morrison, Garvin Cross,and Kimani Ray Smith. The story revolves around a bank heist and takes one through the dark side of the robbers as well as the cops on the beat. The surprise ending is worth the wait and proves the magnetic character that Statham assumes.
Dale Haufrect
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on July 23, 2014
Interesting movie. It has an interesting yet convoluted plot. Decent acting. Unexpected ending. Many twists and turns throughout the movie. Overall it was a pretty good movie. I would recommend it.
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on October 18, 2009
i think Jason Statham is the new Bruce Willis and i love his movies so i will try to be objective :D
this movie is great.
good action scenes
well developed story and characters and a pretty good twisted ending :D
some might say oh i saw the ending but still it a nicely pulled one :D

you are gonna enjoy it if you are in to heist movies and this one is a good one
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