Review: Chaos Walking


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Director: Doug Liman

Cast: Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Mads Mikkelsen, Nick Jonas, David Oyelowo, Kurt Sutter, and Cynthia Erivo

Synopsis: In Prentisstown, Todd has been brought up to believe that the Spackle released a germ that killed all the women and unleashed Noise on the remaining men. After discovering a patch of silence out in the swamp, his surrogate parents immediately tell him that he has to run, leaving him with only a map of New World, a message, and many unanswered questions. He soon discovers the source of the silence: a girl, named Viola.

Review: While this film was action-packed and extremely interesting to watch at first, the plot had so many holes that it left viewers wanting more. With popular actors like Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley, the movie had really high expectations to meet. For most, however, the film was far from Holland’s role as Peter Parker, or Ridley’s as Rey. As unpopular as it may seem, the movie did keep me engaged and the action scenes were quite good, but at the same time, it was very predictable and bizarre for the first-time watcher.

Most of the movie follows Viola and Todd on their journey to the New World. Their relationship quickly develops and is quite humorous since Viola can hear Todd’s thoughts, but he can’t hear hers. The part of the movie showing their journey is actually quite sentimental and heartfelt, especially when Todd’s dog, Manchee, joins the expedition. Unfortunately, the movie lost me when they arrived in the New World with the men from Prentisstown hot on their tails. At this point, so much had happened in the movie already that it felt like it should have ended there. Instead, the writers needlessly extended it to fit the two-hour mark. The ending of the movie was wholesome, but came extremely out of nowhere.

In my opinion, this film is oddly stitched together in a way that keeps the viewers interested and perplexed at the same time. If you are looking for an action-packed movie, I would suggest looking for Tom Holland’s Spider-man: Homecoming or Daisy Ridley’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens first, before turning to this one. While Chaos Walking surely won’t ruin a movie night, it certainly will give you something outlandish to think about.

Rating: 4/10