Kaosu (Chaos) (Hideo Nakata's Chaos) (2003)
Critic Reviews for Kaosu (Chaos) (Hideo Nakata's Chaos)
Ultimately, the willful obfuscation becomes more frustrating than entertaining.
Hideo helms with such style and suspense that it doesn't matter if all our questions are ultimately answered.
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.
Devotees of corpse-swapping betrayal orgies will find expert filmmaking awake to the realities of apprehension and unease.
Chaos is as compelling as it is confounding, and it's compelling in large part because of the confusion it stirs.
It's a difficult film to follow and figure out (I've only seen it once), and yet there is something mesmerizing about the way director Nakata whips the tale to a frenzy and drags us in.
Audience Reviews for Kaosu (Chaos) (Hideo Nakata's Chaos)
Japanese thriller that starts off as your typical kidnapping flick but then quickly develops one of the most complex plots I've ever seen in a film from any continent. It demands your complete attention because if your mind strays for too long you will become very confused. There's double and triple-crosses and some of the story is revealed in flashbacks. But despite all the plot twists it's a pretty slow-paced movie with little on-screen excitement - a million miles away from the likes of Ron Howard's 'Ransom'. It's a unique and original little film from Hideo Nakata, the director of 'Ringu' and 'Dark Water, and it's worth a watch if you have the patience.
An interesting effort from Hideo Nakata. Certainly a very far cry from The Ring. The plot is extremely intricate and quite well-outlined, and it's a really exciting sensation when the ending pulls it all together. Unfortunately, the movie suffers from significant pacing problems - very little happens until about 40 minutes in. Though I generally can get past things like that, the inactivity was almost stifling, especially considering some rather dull performances and a nondescript atmosphere. To summarize: great screenplay, shame about the movie.
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