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Just watching the film, I could not help but feel very empathetic toward Reynold's character. To me, it isn't really all that "laugh-out-loud" funny. Rather, it is more of a sense of shock that the poor guy has been devastated so badly and deeply.
While I normally don't like this kind of movie, I felt it was strangely compelling and well done for what it is. Just don't watch this for some light-hearted laughs.
Yes things are almost too perfect for the handsome, intelligent and successful husband and Father. That is until Frank's life takes a chaotic turn for the worse and he is faced with events that cannot be solved by writing them down on a piece of paper. There's only one solution, a new paradigm must be adapted if he is to survive what lies ahead; the Chaos Theory.
Critique: You're always off to a good start in any film when you have the likes of Ryan Reynolds in the starring role. Another big plus for the '07 dark comedy romance `Chaos Theory' is the presence of the talented Emily Mortimer as Reynolds wife Susan.
If you're like me you just might be surprised early on in this film that it isn't quite what you expected. If that's the case fight the urge to tune out and stay focused, there's really a lot going on in this film if you give it a chance. The dialogue is sharp and insightful, the message contemporary and Reynolds and Mortimer's performances excellent. Well worth a watch or two.
More of a romantic comedy with drama sprinkled throughout, it provides enough of something for just about everyone. And once the whole thing wraps up, you're left thinking about your own life, and how one little thing, one little action, can completely change the course of your life.
I ran across this film while browsing Netflix through my PS3. The plot sounded pretty funny, so I took a shot.
First impression - whoa, this is not a comedy - but even though it didn't meet my immediate expectations, Reynold's character was very compelling (me being the same sort of straight-laced OCD personality, I almost immediately developed a strong sympathy for Reynolds).
I've never been a big fan of Reynolds - I always envisioned him the "Van Wilder" type, and never really cared to give any of his films an honest break. But between the likeable character design and Reynold's fantastic portrayal, my heart actually broke for the poor guy during the progression of the plot. I should make a correction - I WASN'T a fan, but his performances was strong enough to convince me to give some of his other projects a go.
The supporting cast is also very solid - no A-listers, but all genuine in their roles. The plot is the most unexpected part of the whole experience. Despite the dark-edginess of the story and the contemporary amorality of the film industry, Chaos Theory is surprisingly moral and grounded in traditional values. There is no edgy perversion, no cynical mockery of straight-laced Frank Allen his normal family, there's no sex on camera, profanity is realistic, and all of the characters, for all of their failings, are just good people who want to do the right thing. All in all, it's a lesson in the sometimes catastrophic consequences to seemingly minor events (the chaos theory), but in the end, you choose how you live with it.Read more ›
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Just love him in this movie. Always looked at him as a great actor.Published 1 month ago by jennay777
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