I must say that I was pleasantly surprised with Vince Veiluf's 2010 indie film, "Order Of Chaos".
The first thing that drew me to it was the cover of course, guns, bullets and prescription pills always makes for a good story.
The movie is centered around a man named Johnathan that is struggling to manage mental illness while working at a stressful law firm. He has a high maintenance fiance at home that drags him through the gauntlet, but this is nothing in comparison to a new neighbor named Rick that moves in across the hall. Rick is definitely more
confident and secure in his abilities than John and somehow their interactions push Johnathan's reality into a state of chaos.
To begin, we must lightly touch on how our mental health affects our ability to maintain control of our lives. The mind is a fragile place and it's constantly bombarded with external/internal stressors such as work, cultural background, money and one's environment. If we are unable to cope with the demands of daily living we often seek the help psychiatrists, friends family etc. Sometimes these methods are effective and help us contain the beast within and other times the stress is too great and we can experience a psychotic break. This is what happens to Johnathan, as he feels his loose grip on sanity slowly slip away.
Now, back to our regularly scheduled reading...
The first aspect of the movie that caught my interest is how much more socially developed Rick(Milo Ventimiglia) is than most of the people we know. He reminds you of that guy that seems to never miss an appointment date, works half as much as you and still comes out on top. His presence is definitely felt in the movie, as he intoxicates all those around him with his charismatic banter. Johnathan is taken in by his "Go Get-Er" attitude and quickly becomes a suckling on his teat. Before Johnathan knows it, his relationship, job and sanity are all on the fast track to chaos.
The slip of Johnathan's grasp on reality is documented in the film as well, as you witness how he begins to shift away from medications and a tight work schedule to alcohol and dysfunction. He begins to experience symptoms of paranoia and delusional thinking which soon turn into anger and hostility towards himself and those around him. Johnathan even goes as far as to emulate his impressionable mentor which only increases the amount of stress and anxiety in his already collapsing world. It would take a miracle to pull Johnathan out of his neurotic state, but you'll have to watch the film to see how things turn out.
A negative comment about the film that has been said is the choice of music. There's no Taylor Swift or Maroon 5 playing, it's hardcore synth-style music from a group called "Which" that adds an element of urgency to the film. Now, I personally listen to all types of music, so this doesn't upset me, but some folks just don't have an open-mind when it comes to their brand of Ear Candy.
All in all, "Order Of Chaos" is a decent indie film that gets the job done, if you want big budgets and an all-star cast go to the theater. This film would be best suited for viewers that are open to a different view point on one man's journey into the "Order Of Chaos".