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Genre: Crime/Action
Starring: Jason Statham, Ryan Phillippe, Wesley Snipes, Justine Weddell, Henry Czerny
Director: Tony Giglio
Rating: NC-16 (Coarse Language and Brief Nudity)
Year Made: 2005







Languages: English
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 41 mins
Region Code: 3




After a bank heist goes bad with dozens of hostages being taken, bank robber Lorenz (Wesley Snipes) demands to negotiate with Detective Conners (Jason Statham) who previously botched a hostage situation that led to the death of a female hostage and the dismissal of his partner.

Dragged out of suspension by his superiors to handle the mess, Conners is partnered with rookie cop Dekker (Ryan Phillippe). After the bank robbers escape both Conners and Dekker discover that the bank robbery was a smokescreen for an even bigger heist. Now, the new partners start following a trail of conspiracy that could lead back to people both could never have suspected.


Everyone loves a good old heist movie. “The Italian Job”, “Oceans Eleven” and the recent “Inside Man” just to name a few. On the Asian side, Johnny To has his “Running Out of Time” franchise. It’s a theme that will never run out of fashion.

In this 2005 straight-to-video Canadian production, Jason ‘Transporter’ Statham is a cop named Connors who is paired up with a rookie, Dekker played by pretty boy Ryan Phillippe (“Flags of our Fathers”) to remedy a hostage situation in a bank robbery led by a mysterious stranger, you should have guess by now it’s Wesley Snipes in one of his many forgettable roles after Blade Trinity.

Connors himself is under suspension for botching a hostage situation earlier but since the robber calls for him, his duties are resumed. That’s when things start to get interesting and throws you in a wind whirl.

Except for an explosion in the beginning and a car chase, I’m genuinely surprised that the rest of the movie is pretty toned down and instead, relies heavily on Ryan’s character to carry the weight of the movie. It’s weird to see Ryan Phillippe mouthing mumbo-jumbo about chaos theory, Buddhism and dissecting the facts of the case on hand. But surprise, surprise, credit has to be given when it’s due for he has grown as an actor over the years. Gone are the days of Cruel Intentions.

Snipes on the other hand is totally wasted in his role, missing for the major part of the movie, his biggest contribution perhaps is his name on the poorly Photoshop DVD cover. Our favourite British thug, Statham manages to keep both his legs unspilt this time round and tag along Dekker mouthing sarcasm at times.

I wouldn’t say “Chaos” would rank along as one of the best heist movie in cinematic history. Despite remaining relatively unknown to the mainstream audience, “Chaos” has enough twists and turns to keep the plot moving without resorting to massive pyrotechnics, violence or gratuitous nudity to grab your attention.

If you have 100 minutes to spare and prefer a little, smarty thriller, choose “Chaos”.




The code 3 dvd comes with English and Chinese subtitles with a soundtrack and visual quality that borders on passable. .



Review by Linus Tee


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