Monday, 15 June 2009

Film Review: CHAOS (2005)

Writer/Director: Tony Giglio
Running time: 106 mins (approx)

Watched on Sky+ Monday 15th June 2009.

This was all I expected, some great action, a decent plot and some pretty good acting; all in all, I kind of liked it. It was certainly better than I was lead to believe, although the opening bank heist sequence was a bit reminiscent of Swordfish (2001).

Det. Quentin Conners (Jason Statham) is a disgraced cop who has been suspended after a hostage is shot during a rescue attempt. A bank raid brings about Conners reinstatement when the robbers lead by Lorenz (Wesley Snipes) will not negotiate with anyone else. He is allowed to return on the proviso that he takes on a new, rookie, partner, Det. Shane Dekker (Ryan Phillippe). An explosion brings about the end of the bank raid which enables the robbers to escape. On entering the bank Conners and his team discover that no money appears to have been stolen. An enthralling and sometimes exciting investigation ensues where one clue leads to another and with a great twist at the end the film concludes with a most satisfying conclusion (IMHO).

The film is produced and shot well with very good special effects, (explosions a plenty). Jason Statham is his usual ‘hard man’ self, a role at which he is very adept. There were excellent performances from both Ryan Phillippe and Wesley Snipes and honourable mentions should also go to Henry Czerny as Capt. Martin Jenkins, Justine Waddell as Det. Teddy Galloway, Nicholas Lea as Det. Vincent Durano and Jessica Steen as Karen Cross.

A pretty good action thriller with a good twist at the end. Not one you can watch a bunch of times, but pretty satisfying first time round.

My score: 6.5/10

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