by Michael dEstries
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When it comes to poorly received environmentally-themed movies, few rank higher than M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening. Weak acting (Mark Wahlberg), a weak plot (attacking plants), and hilarious death scenes (lawn mower) all add up to an abysmal Tomatometer of 18%.

That was SO 2008.

Want to know how bad Val Kilmer’s latest flick, The Chaos Experiment, did? After being released in only two theaters, it went straight to DVD. The only reason people may not rank it higher than The Happening is because so few have seen it. The basic plot-line is this: Kilmer plays a scientist that’s gone a bit nutty and wants the world to hear his theory on the destructive power of global warming. The only way he knows people will read it is if it’s the main headline in a major newspaper. To do this, (and giving life to metaphors on global warrming), he rigs a steam room to trap six, conveniently sexy people, and slowly raise in temperature. The longer his crazy theory and headline stay out of the newspaper, the longer the people cook and ultimately die. And now for some review snippets:

“If movie had odor this thing would be a garbage truck on a hot summer day. Don’t waste your lunch money, or any money for that matter. I’m giving the tripe a zero, only for lack of a negative number.” — Reviewer over on Rotten Tomatoes

“What we have here is a movie that combines the politics of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth with the torture porn tendencies of the Saw series (specifically cribbing plot points from Saw 2).  In short, The Chaos Experiment stinks.  It boggles the mind that this idea ever made it past the screenplay stage.”Richard LaFashia Jr.,

“Don’t waste your time or your money. I LOVE Val Kilmer and I almost cried at how bad this movie was. The ending, especially, is so stupid.”Reviewer on

Have you seen The Chaos Experiment? Are you now intrigued to find out how bad it may actually be? Let us know!

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • hil

    I LOVE bad movies…so i will be looking for this on Netflix:) If nothing else it should provide a laugh :)

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  • Leon

    Global warming when it does happen will bring gigantic destruction that will happen if those ice burgs or fields melt too suddenly, but if it happens gradually very slowly then no. We should still be taking some serious precautions for this affects the whole world. Just like scams and fraud, a menace. Think about it?? Thank you. Leon

  • CodeTech

    I’m not sure which is funnier… this ridiculous movie plot, or “Leon”‘s comment above.

    I’m betting Leon’s comment is funnier…

  • Bob

    I got this at the library because I live in Grand Rapids where it was filmed. I thought the reason for the short wait list was that the name change from “The Steam Experiment” confused people in Grand Rapids who had read about the making of the movie. Now I realize the awful truth…the movie is so bad even the locals won’t get it for free at the library.

  • RemyC

    Well, I haven’t seen the film, but I saw the trailer few months ago. We tried to coral the three lookers in the sauna to pose together for a green shoot in some eco-fashion magazine… but the pr people couldn’t swing it. Every actor bailed, not wanting to do any publicity for the film, took the money and ran… but the stink lingers on.

  • joe

    I am so sad that Val Kilmer did this awful film I would be so embarrassed to even put my name anywhere associated with this film.
    Money is important but when the film industry offers it to you for for this waste of time, energy, and notice I am not saying anything about talent, film, one should think more than twice. Careers need to be considered even in the waining career of Val Kilmer and the poor actors and their agents who chose to work this into their schedules. The writer and the director should be made to spend the movie lenght in the steam room with all of the stage blood and screaming in THEIR faces.
    WHAT A PITY, the movie costs could have fed a lot of starving people. well that’s stupidity by those who should know better

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  • Eddie Jenkins

    I love how people bash “The Happening” its actually one of the movies that I watch frequently. Not every movie has to have all these special effects.. Death scenes? Would you rather mother nature have a big green monster people eating plant? After all, mother nature has no hollywood studio. A toxin that causes people to kill themselves because the plants are fighting back is an original “plot”.. if you want to call it that, its mother natures plot. The planet fighting back the only way it can.. A good movie is one that begs the question.. What if that really did happen? Could that really happen?.. The bees really did disappear.

    Anyways as far as Chaos Experiment.. Well I wasted 1.5 hours of my life. That was the stupidest movie I ever saw.. I could have been ok.. But not very plausible.. People go insane and kill each other or themselves after only 45 minutes? The girl who engineered the whole thing electrocutes herself? No one tries to smash out a wall. Most of the time they are just sitting there doing nothing. And the doctor put himself through that and got shot with a nail gun by his own accomplice? .. For the thrill of it? A pathetic waste of plastic dvd. The only good scene is when that brooklyn guy strangles that loud mouth girl who cleary was asking for it.

  • Anonamoose

    Stupid compared to what? Talking ants. Murder movies where the deaths are for entertainment purposes? Our society is really approaching the point of the emperor has no clothes. Where if you arent vapid, stupid, and ignorant like the herd of imbeciles out there you’re mocked.