Judge David Johnson's kisses are chaotic—and reek of jalapenos.
Loyalty vs. survival.
For struggling artist Phoenix (Judy Marte), life is tough. Sure she's got a cool, edgy name like Phoenix that lends her instant credibility in the hip underground art market. She's also got a loser gangster boyfriend and a spacey and promiscuous sister that constantly gets into trouble.
One night, all of these headaches come together when the boyfriends ends up in her apartment shot and bleeding and sis, near suicidal, also lands at her doorstep. There's also some heroin and a handful of ill-tempered owners of said heroin angling to get it back through whatever means necessary.
I find movies like A Kiss of Chaos to be the hardest to review. It's not a bad film and it's not a good film. It's the very definition of lukewarm and, therefore, a complete chore to write about. If it sucked, well…great, that review writes itself. And if it's a gem, oh the joy to tell you, my dedicated readership the wonder of it all!
A Kiss of Chaos is merely adequate, dwelling in the middle of the extremes and destined to be forgotten—fairly or unfairly. The best part of the whole affair is Judy Marte, who has a lot to do as the lead, but pulls it off nicely. As Phoenix, she's strong, sexy and bad-ass when need be. She's also vulnerable, a nice juxtaposition with her gun-toting hijinks, a trait that is teased out with the threats made to her family. Eventually, she's the one running point, driven by the desire to protect her blood. Good stuff.
Everything surrounding her is milquetoast, though. Phoenix's boyfriend is a doofus, and while her sister at first glance might be a cool, eccentric character; she's really just horny, disloyal and sort of nuts. Then you have the drugrunners and their arc, a serviceable but, again, bland slab of storytelling. They're the heavies, they want their drugs back, the end.
That's all I've got. A Kiss of Chaos is well-acted, well-shot, and for the most part well-told, but the story just isn't terribly interesting and only one character is able to rise above the ether.
The DVD: 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, 5.1 Dolby Digital, no extras.
Not Guilty. But the bench was only half paying attention.
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