Chaos Walking (2021) Review

Certificate: 12A

Director: Doug Liman

Screenwriter: Patrick Ness, Christopher Ford

Starring: Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Demián Bichir  

Genre: Adventure, Sci Fi

Runtime: 109 Minutes

Language: English

Rating: 3 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

In the not-too-distant future, Todd Hewitt (Tom Holland) discovers Viola (Daisy Ridley), a mysterious girl who crash lands on his planet, where all the women have disappeared and the men are afflicted by “the Noise” – a force that puts all their thoughts on display. In this dangerous landscape, Viola’s life is threatened – and as Todd vows to protect her, he will have to discover his own inner power and unlock the planet’s dark secrets. – From IMDB

At this point, after the endless stream of just about average adaptions of popular Young Adult, dystopian novels, you would have thought that the trend would have died off.  They only ever go down well with the small die hard fandom connected to them, and sometimes not even then.  And this is yet another in a long line of such films, that while it isn’t an absolute stinker, some parts are actually quite enjoyable, it still wont be the hit the studio is hoping for.

This film was initially supposed to be released a few years ago, but rather that push out a hot mess of a film, the decided to reshoot aspects and tweak it a bit more to make it more palpable.  If only more people decided to do that.  The weakest element for sure is the writing.  The script in places is clunky and utterly unbelievable.  Especially the dialogue going on as part of the ‘Noise’.  Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley are both very accomplished actors, and we know how good they can be, so it is a little painful to see them work here. 

On the upside, the plot is fast paced and action packed, so I doubt anyone will be thoroughly bored during the film, there is barely a moment to breathe after the initial few scenes to set up the world and explain a few things.  I haven’t read the original books, but I have to say that the big twist at the end was still pretty obvious. 

The rather large budget means that the film also looks good.  There is a strong reliance on CG throughout because of the ‘thought clouds’ that surround almost all the characters and the aliens that inhabit the planet, so these features had to be spot on. 

It isn’t a new favourite and at £15.99 to rent on Home Premiere, I would recommend you wait until you get find it on a streaming service before diving in.  Unless you have any die hard fans in your family of course.

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