‘Chaos Walking’ Review

‘Chaos Walking’ Review

I would like to thank Lionsgate for allowing me to watch and review this film.

Directed by: Doug Liman

Writers:  Patrick Ness & Christopher Ford

Starring: Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley & Demián Bichir

Synopsis: A dystopian world where there are no women and all living creatures can hear each other’s thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise.

I have to be honest I didn’t have high hopes for this film. But I wanted to like it because I’m a fan of Daisy Ridley, Tom Holland, and Mads Mikkelsen however it did not live up to my expectations. It could have been amazing, but much like George Clooney’s The Midnight Sky, it falls flat in multiple areas. The concept was spellbinding. You have colonies of humans living in a new world and the male’s thoughts are put on display for reasons unknown. It was on board with that idea but it was not executed well.

This film is adapted from Patrick Ness’s The Knife of Never Letting Go.  I believe the ideas of the novel translated well onto our TVs, just not the silver screen. Chaos Walking refers to the chaos inside our heads and what happens when it is broadcast to the entire world. I think this title would have done been in the TV space. There are three books from Patrick Ness’s and could have been perfectly adapted for the new age of streaming media. 

The cast itself was well built but I did not sense any solid chemistry between Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland. Their performances were fine separately but I don’t think this film brought out their true colors. Also, I didn’t understand why Nick Jonas was in this film. He is kind of just there along for the ride and served little purpose to the story.

Final Thoughts: Chaos Walking is not awful but not upstanding either. The notion of this film is amazing and would have thrived in the TV realm. This adaptation did a dreadful job of world-building and left me dispirited. The film is set to premiere in theaters March 5th.

My Score: D+

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