Order of Chaos

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The borders between right and wrong begin to blur when an honest lawyer with a promising future grows paranoid that those around him are attempting to sabotage his career. John Pulliti (Rhys Coiro) is approaching 30, and well on the road to success. A lawyer at a powerful law firm, his biggest fault is his lack of mettle: he's constantly bending to his fiancée's demands, and he never stands up to his tough-as-nails boss. When ruthless, unethical attorney Rick Carlson (Milo Ventimiglia) takes a job at the firm and moves in next door to John, everything starts to fall apart. Not only does John become convinced that everyone around him is a threat, but his increasingly powerful delusions spark a disturbing personal transformation as well. Can John prevent himself from becoming everything that he hates, or has his fragile psyche finally cracked beyond repair?

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  • Proof that compelling and challenging indie fare can still be made on a shoestring (without looking like it was made on a shoestring).

    Feb 16, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It becomes painfully clear that the filmmaker actually envisions this mano-a-mano revenge tale as some sort of tortured commentary on the corruption of the American Dream.

    Feb 12, 2010 | Full Review…

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  • Jun 13, 2010
    <div style="width:320px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/order-of-chaos-13667423"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/13/66/74/13667423_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:320px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/order-of-chaos-13667415"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/13/66/74/13667415_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a></div></div> <div style="width:320px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/order-of-chaos-13667422"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/13/66/74/13667422_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a></div></div> <div style="width:320px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/order-of-chaos-13667418"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/13/66/74/13667418_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a></div></div> <div style="width:320px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/order-of-chaos-13667400"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/13/66/74/13667400_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a></div></div> <div style="width:320px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/order-of-chaos-13667402"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/13/66/74/13667402_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a></div></div> <div style="width:320px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/order-of-chaos-13667404"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/13/66/74/13667404_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"><I>Order Of Chaos</I></a> </div></div> <I>ORDER OF CHAOS</I> (2010) Independent WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY: Vince Vieluf FEATURING: Rhys Coiro, Milo Ventimiglia, Samantha Mathis, Mimi Rogers, Susan Ward, and Chip Joslin GENRE: PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER TAGS: suspense, character study PLOT: An honest attorney finishes last by following the rules until a sinister neighbor hires onto the firm and throws his life into a state of turmoil. COMMENTS: Strong performances, stylish editing and an unexpected storyline distinguish this offbeat chic thriller from filmmaker Vince Vieluf. Upstanding trooper of a guy, John (Coiro) is a natural subordinate. An avowed approval seeker, John devotes himself to pleasing two dominating women: his belittling fiancé Jennifer (Mathis) and castrating boss Miss Craig (Rogers). John leads a life of quiet desperation <I>by the numbers</I>. Adhering to a rigid, tedious schedule with compulsive military precision, John's day begins with a morning workout. Running on his treadmill, (a symbol of his corporate ladder climbing) John blue-tooths a minute by minute, blow by blow progress report of his activities and plans to his boss hours before work even starts. The conversation includes numerous acknowledgments of "Yes Ma'am, Yes Ma'am," as John absorbs lengthy instructions and mandates. But his efforts to please the demanding, flippantly brusque, Miss Craig are paying off! He is her "Man Friday" (read that as "piss-boy" -her personal honey bucket toter). Craig treats John like a plebe in a fraternity, yet the ever dutiful John asks "how high?" whenever he's instructed to "jump!" If John keeps following at her heels like a good dog, he just might have a shot at partner at some indeterminate point in the distant future. Evenings, John promptly trots home to Jennifer to walk the dog and take out the trash. Jennifer is the prize in the relationship, and John had better not forget it. Indeed, he is frequently reminded of it by her working class father Louie (Joslin) who is jealous and contemptuous of John's income and status. To Louie, John is a sissy who won't eat meat or drink booze. Louie gleefully slings snide swipes and lawyer jokes. He makes weekly family get-togethers pure hell. John takes anxiety medication to deal with life. Matters change drastically when cocksure yuppie Rick (Ventimiglia) moves next door. After an awkward chance encounter at the condo, Rick shows up at work. What a coincidence! He's not only Rick's new neighbor, but his new coworker as well. Hey, what are the odds? There seems to be more to the enigmatic Rick than meets the eye. A <I>lot</I> more. Forceful, controlling, manipulative in a creepy way, Rick's past just doesn't add up. John figures out that Rick is hiding some dark secrets. Rick has a dangerous streak, something smacking of deliberate risk taking and a history of mental illness. Rick sizes up John as being wrapped too tightly, and decides crack the veneer. He unbalances John with ambiguous verbal jujitsu. When John questions Rick's jabs, Rick brushes away John's doubts with a dubiously sincere, "Just kidding!" Is he? Rick's next move is to show John how to "live a little." Taking him to posh clubs for nightly partying with loose women, he introduces John to a fast lifestyle. Reluctant at first, John finally embraces the fast lane. It takes a toll on his domestic life, which drives John to party all the more. As the consequences mount at home and work, Rick coaches John to stop taking abuse, stand up for himself, and reject being bossed around. It's obvious Rick is setting John up to damn himself by eating the proverbial apple. Why? What is his motive? John's wife of course, can't keep it in her pants. She cozies up to Rick at the earliest opportunity. Jennifer is unable to resist flapping her lips about John's latest project at work, one into which he is putting long hours in hopes of winning that elusive promotion. When Rick tries first to move in on his wife and then his career, John finally becomes suspscious. John's precise, ordered life and emotions are in turmoil. Rick has torn it all asunder like a tempest. As unsettling coincidences stack up like a house of cards, John's infrastructure melts away. John is forced to question who is who, in order to determine which players are sharing alliances. Is there a plot against him? How many are really involved? Fearful and full of doubt, he must now uncover the truth about the entities intent on wrecking his life. At this point, I was convinced I was watching a remake of <I>Bad Influence</I> (1990 ) with James Spader and Rob Lowe. This is where <I>Order Of Chaos</I> dramatically distinguishes itself from other movies about obsessive companions. Writer/director Vince Vieluf throws a significant curve ball and the story sweeps into uncharted territory. <I>Order Of Chaos</I> is a misunderstood film. Vieluf did not intend it to be a formulaic blockbuster. Instead, it is pensive, but not quietly so. Interspersed with tense action, themes of independent thinking, insight, as well as losing and gaining control dominate this thoughtful, dapper suspense thriller. <div style="width:120px;font-size:10px;text-align:center;"></div><a href="http://www.flixster.com/videos?videoId=11115004"><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/xUgNBqBls6Q/2.jpg" border="0" /></a><div style="font-size:10px;width:120px;text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"><I>Order Of Chaos</I></a> - trailer</div>
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