Chaos Walking (2021) by Doug Liman

Direction: Doug Liman.
Performers: Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Mads Mikkelsen, Demián Bichir.

Scripted by Patrick Ness ( “A Monster Comes to See Me” ) and Christopher Ford ( “A Friend for Frank” ).

Synopsis

Year 2257.
Todd (Tom Holland) is a young man who lives on another planet colonized by humans after a war that has eliminated women.
The survivors hear the noise, which is to make the thoughts perceptible to all.
In this context, a spaceship crashes into the planet, and one of its occupants, Viola (Daisy Ridley), is pursued by the men of the Prentisstown colony.
Todd will try to help her by embarking on a journey to safety.

Review

 

Adaptation of “The Knife In Hand”, a novel by Patrick Ness within his series “Chaos Walking” that readers of “The Maze Runner”, “The Hunger Games” or “Divergent” may like.
The film substantially modifies its futuristic story, crossing dystopian fantasy, sci-fi and western-influenced adventure into a classic escape-and-chase epic.

The film, with the “noise” that singles out the lives and relationships of its protagonists, can manage the control of oneself, their thoughts and their actions, as an allegory of physical and psychological control; mastery of oneself and of others in a confrontational setting.

The story has a sufficiently interesting approach to control, colonialism, sexism or power protected by violence and lies; but his development lacks dimension in his characters to more effectively convey his emotions around coexistence, loss and family.
It would also need more chemistry between Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley ; and better explanation of motives and actions for such arduous obstinacy of Mads Mikkelsen and company.

Doug Liman
Tom Holland
Daisy Ridley
Mads Mikkelsen

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