The time it took for Chaos Walking (and many other films for that matter) to wrangle the release date dance) felt like forever. Dystopian set, adventure, and science fiction laden and also based on a book trilogy, there were plenty of good reasons to be excited. In Addition, Chaos Walking has a solid cast which meant many fans of this type of film were eagerly waiting since it finished filming in 2019. Reshoots required for Chaos Walking pushed the film’s release to early 2020. Then again to 2021 because of the universe.
In the story in this world, it’s thought, there are no women left. Of the remaining men, they can see and hear each other’s thoughts. The way people communicate reminded me of something akin to a Star Wars hologram messenger system. Like the one where princess Lea tells Luke Skywalker, “you’re our only hope,” but in real-time. And with much more swirly unicorn colors.
Chaos Walking Book
Chaos Walking is based on a trilogy of novels. Mother of Movies would not be surprised if we get some more of this story too. This one is based on the book “The Knife of Never Letting Go” by Patrick Ness. In the film, the narrative follows a teenager called Tom (played by a much older Tom Holland) who has grown up in this futuristic dynamic where multi-colored waves appear when any male is thinking something. The people in the town refer to it as ‘noise’ and everyone is always trying to manage to quiet their noise down. But what happened to the women you ask?
In early scenes, Tom discovers a ship. The ship has crashed into a nearby forest. It just happens to contain a very real, very alive girl, Viola, (played by someone who’s also not a teenager, Daisy Ridley.) Whatever happened on Earth, females are not afflicted by the same ‘noise’ as men. They can keep their thoughts to themselves. Tom is instantly infatuated as well as completely intrigued with Viola. When the town’s Sherrif turns up to announce Viola needs to be handed in, he quickly absconds with her to a secret nearby township. Or not so secret when there’s only so many times you can think of something else before your thoughts become free game.
Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley
The chase between the Sherrif and his men and Tom and Viola takes up the entire 110-minutes. Chaos Walking is essentially a teen-centric rated film. Therefore themes within it generally reflect the absence of extreme violence, swear words, and scary imagery. There are futuristic alien-like life forms wandering around. These creatures reside in this creation of Earth and a lot of them appear when you’re least expecting it. Action sequences and random interactions with these lifeforms kept the movie chugging along nicely. There is also a lot of cute lighthearted moments between Viola and Tom. Especially seeing he’s a teen who’s never been around a female and Viola can see and hear everything he thinks.
Cinematography is decent but I must add that the constant chatter of the inner workings of the minds of whoever is on screen can get a little frustrating. Like having a niggling commentary most of the time. Performances were well-rounded which leveled things out. Overall though, Chaos Walking is mostly entertaining with some enlightening world-building centered around what might happen to all the women if they could hear the men but the men couldn’t hear them.
I give Chaos Walking
3 kill anything that isn’t the same as you out of 5
- Director: Doug Liman / Writers: Patrick Ness, Christopher Ford
- Starring: Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Demián Bichir.
- Production by 3 Arts Entertainment and distribution by GEM Entertainment.
- Chaos Walking released in theatres in Australia on 4th March 2021.