Chaos Unlimited (2005) – By Duane L. Martin

 When Mark Lewis sent me his film Chaos Unlimited, I had no idea what to expect. I went to the website and there were just three clips from the film and nothing else really. It’s always weird going into a film with no real idea what it’s about because it tends to be a little distracting as you try to figure out what’s going on and what the plots involves and what not. Turns out, it wasn’t a big deal, as the film follows a well laid out timeline that’s easy to follow as it goes along.

So what’s it about? Well, an ex-marine and his wife finally have their dream house out in the woods and everything’s really coming together for them. They invite a couple of friends out for a visit. Basically, the friends are a couple of pansy-ass, whiny, liberal cowards. The girl is pregnant and the guy is unbelievably annoying, loud and obnoxious. He’s always either drunk or irritating or both. Still, they’re all friends and looking to have a nice visit together. Everything came to a screeching halt though when riots broke out in a near by town. From that point on, all hell broke loose. Looters were everywhere, people were dying, and roving gangs of thugs who had somehow secured military weaponry, and even a group with military training were going around looting homes and killing people.

Have no fear though, as our ex-marine Carl (Scott Lewis) has a plan. He’s got guns and ammo and bottled water and there ain’t no way any looters are gonna come and take what he’s worked so hard for. His wife Donna (Amanda Bruton) is pretty badass in her own right and readily takes up arms with her husband, while their whiny guests Roger (Josh Altman) and Mary (Sanaz Mozafarian) bitch and complain incessantly about how they shouldn’t fight back and how they should just try to get out of there and blah blah blah… Man, I was so happy when Roger got shot in the arm and had to roll around the ground in pain. I was like…"Heh!" (James Brown style.)

Anyway, the rest of the movie involves them defending the house from various looters and murderers that show up and their guests whining and complaining the whole time.

Now, as for the movie itself, I have one statement to make before I get on to the rest of the review. I had an absolute BLAST watching this film. This movie just reeks of awesomeness, and now I’m going to tell you why.

Story-wise the movie was pretty cool, although the whole situation of looters running around with military equipment and even groups of looters with military training trying to take over houses and kill people in military type operations was a little silly, that only added to the fun of the movie. I guess the best way I could explain why this movie was so much fun would be to just make a list of the things I loved about it.

1. The acting was good on everyone’s part. I really wanted to beat the snot out of Roger because he was so annoying, and that’s pretty good acting if you can irritate me that much just playing a character in a film. I also loved the interactions between Donna and Carl. They got busy right at the beginning of the movie in a scene that was pretty funny involving a hand down the boxers, a mouth full of toothpaste and a bathroom sink. All through the movie they were just great together and really came off like a married couple. There was one funny part though when Roger and Mary first arrived where Donna and Mary were walking up to the house and Mary looked right at the guy holding the camera and had a big smile on her face as she was walking up the little slope toward the house. I just thought that was funny.

2. All sorts of odd, yet funny things. Anyone who got shot had blood, but I don’t remember seeing any bullet holes in their clothes. Often times, bullets would be flying everywhere and yet there wouldn’t be any bullet holes in the wood or whatever other stuff was around people. They all had Elmer Fudd guns apparently because people would shoot an ungodly amount of times without reloading. When people did shoot, the muzzle flashes were inserted in post production, so you could see they were just kinda shaking the guns up and down like they were actually firing. Also, I thought it was hilarious that they were shooting and yet there were no shells being ejected from the guns. The only one I remember seeing eject any shells was Carl’s shotgun. Then at the end, they get out on the deck of the house and screwed up several sheets of plywood as barracades. Now if you’ve ever shot a gun (which I’ve been doing since I was eight years old), you know that plywood AIN’T gonna stop any bullets, and with all the shooting that was going on, I never saw a single bullet hole in any of the barricades.

3. There was a computer animated explosion that was very Wascavage-esque in appearance. (Hey Dave, you have your own genre now I can apply to effects in other films! How cool is that?) Just to explain that, my buddy Dave Wascavage does his own computer animations and effects in his films, and there was a scene in this one where a truck exploded that looked like something straight out of one of his films. Anyway, there were some blood effects added in when people got shot and what not as well. It was all pretty fun. My only real complaint is that when Carl tossed the grenades off the deck, the explosion sounds were extremely weak. Those should have been big, loud and booming.

4. There was a hilarious scene where Carl and Donna shoot a couple of fake ambulance drivers who came there under the premise of removing the body of the first guy Carl killed. Well Carl spotted them from a back room in the house, and when he saw that one guy was about to pull a gun, he came out and blew the guy away with a shotgun. Then he and Donna took out the other guy who had jumped outside the side door. Donna gets all pissed off at that point and demands that they get the dead guy out of their house. Carl asks her what she wants him to do. Does she want him to just throw the guy off the deck? (which is on the 2nd floor) She says that’s exactly what she wants him to do. So that’s what they do. They toss the guy off the deck. As if that wasn’t funny enough, they go out the side door, and rather than just moving the guy away from the house from there, they actually brought him all the way through the house and tossed him off the deck too. My wife and I were both busting up when we saw that.

5. The news lady. When they watch the news on television, they have a lady reading the news that has the most hilarious, god-awful line delivery I’ve ever heard. It was absolutely hilarious and I was totally looking forward to every news report just because it was so funny to listen to her.

On a technical level, the sound was generally good, even though the sound effects could have been a little better in parts. The editing was well done and the movie flowed along really well. I’m not sure, but I think this was Mark Lewis’ first feature length film, though I’m not sure about that. Whether it was or not, it was one hell of a fun film and I can’t recommend it enough.

There’s really nothing on the website right now except contact info and three clips from the film. I’m not sure, but hopefully he’s going to have copies available for sale soon. If you’d like to check out the clips from the film, you can visit the website at http://www.chaosunlimitedmovie.com. If he is or is planning to sell copies of this film in the near future, make sure you get one and invite some friends over to watch it with you. You’ll have a blast!