Chaos Walking Movie Review: Tom Holland & Daisy Ridley Shine

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Chaos Walking is a science fiction movie that stars Tom Holland and Daisey Ridley — and is a whole lot better than I expected it to be.

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As a big fan of science fiction movies, Chaos Walking has been on my radar for a while now. It filmed back in 2017 and stars two of my favorite actors — Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley. With the delays and a mediocre trailer, my expectations dropped. However, I am glad they did because that allowed me to be very pleasantly surprised when I sat down to watch it. 

In Chaos Walking a settlement from Earth is living on an alien planet. As soon as they touched down something strange happened and the men’s thoughts were able to be seen and heard. This is what they call the noise — and it did not effect the women. Some of the men have learned to control their noise better than others, one of which is the Mayor of the settlement, played by Mads Mikkelsen. However the settlement we see is only men due to a war with the native species, the Spackle. This town is where Tom Holland’s character, Todd, lives. He had never seen a girl before as he was born on planet. 

That is where Daisy Ridley’s character, Viola, comes in. Her scouting ship crashes on the planet and she is the only survivor. When Todd discovers her, he finds it very strange that he cannot hear her thoughts and it has him constantly intrigued with her and what she might be thinking. When things go differently than according to plan in town, he realizes he needs to take Viola away from there, and promises to protect her.

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What Works In Chaos Walking

One of my favorite things about this movie is the science fiction premise. Because of the noise, there are very few people that can hid their true thoughts and intentions from others. Having that out there for all to hear and see would make this world a very different place. This concept is very intriguing to me and kept me more or less entertained throughout the film.

Like I said before, Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley are very much two of my favorite actors, and to see them working together was awesome. They have a good chemistry and repour between the two of them that I quite enjoyed watching. The two of them also deliver some laugh out loud moments thanks to Tom’s teenage boy thoughts about the first girl he has ever seen that made me crack up. That being said, they were totally dialed down to be a bit more family friendly than they probably would be. 

Visually the noise is portrayed as an almost aura of color swirls around someone’s head as they are thinking, and images if they are thinking about a certain moment. For me, this really worked. I thought it looked cool and thoughts even fooled me a time or two into thinking they were reality. 

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What Doesn’t Work In Chaos Walking

Unfortunately there are some things that did not work in this movie, but nothing that made it unwatchable for me. My biggest issue is that there were some questions left unanswered. I do not want to get into it too much because of spoilers, however there were a few things that had me wondering why, and they never got answered. 

I am a huge sci-fi nerd so I was really excited to see the Spackle in action and then — nothing. We get one encounter with one, who looks pretty cool actually, and then nothing else. They were far too underused and it has me wondering if they were originally a much bigger part of the story.

Speaking of the story, it is far too predictable. Within the first fifteen minutes of Chaos Walking, I knew exactly what the twist was, how it was going to come about, and likely what the ending would be. I hate that I was right, but it didn’t take away from the ride too much for me. My biggest issue is that the movie treated it like it was a big reveal, when most people will have figured it out long before that point. 

The noise itself, while visually done really well, can get a bit aggressive at times. Especially when you have large groups of people that are all literally thinking over each other. Audibly it is a bit too much and made me want to shield my ears. This only happens a few times, but when it does, it was annoying and frustrating.

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Overall Thoughts

Chaos Walking is not without its faults, but overall, I enjoyed it. It was far better than I expected and the overall concept kept me entertained throughout it. There are lots of scenes that are pretty to look at, and not just because of the noise. There is a moment towards the end with spaceship and those are some really great visuals. 

Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley do what they can with the script and the story and have great chemistry together. I liked their characters enough to enjoy watching them on screen, and watching their relationship develop. There is one particular moment that was hard for me to watch, just because it feels like it went a bit too far, but other than that, Chaos Walking was entertaining enough to keep my attention.

If you are looking for a fun science fiction movie to zone out to for about two hours, Chaos Walking is for you. Don’t expect it to answer every questions and don’t mind that it is quite predictable, and it will be worth your time. 

About Chaos Walking

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.

Chaos Walking comes to theaters and IMAX March 5th!

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