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63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics What's this?

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  • Summary: A kidnapper gets caught in the middle of a dangerous role-playing game when he finds his captive murdered.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. 75
    The narrative is fractured, David Lynch-style. Everything eventually makes sense -- sort of.
  2. Naturally, the worm turns again and again in this demi-Hitchcockian death trap, and Nakata knows how to shoot scenes of breath-holding paranoia: from a distance, simply, in real time. (We'll see how the inevitable remake, directed by Jonathan Glazer, measures up.)
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    With his sure handling of this thriller's switchback plot and hairpin turns, Hideo Nakata confirms his mastery of genre material in the wake of his phenomenally successful "Ring."
  4. It's not giving too much away to note that we've seen a lot of this before, in classic noir and postnoir films, though to name those films would spoil things.
  5. 60
    The film's mechanical workings are still impressive, but between the unsympathetic characters and the coldly precise direction, there is little here for an audience to clutch to its heart.
  6. 60
    In the end, Chaos is as compelling as it is confounding, and it's compelling in large part because of the confusion it stirs.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1