Director: Doug Liman
Writer/s: Patrick Ness, Christopher Ford
Starring: Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Nick Jonas, Mads Mikkelsen, David Oyelowo, Cynthia Erivo, and more.
It is nice to finally get some more new movies out in theaters that I am actually interested in. As of late, I have only been able to see the likes of “Judas and the Black Messiah” and “Chaos Walking.” While I am a pretty big Tom Holland fan, my girlfriend is a bit bigger of a fan. So it was pretty clear we were going to catch this one as soon as possible. While it was pretty much a sure fire thing that she was going to love this movie, that is not exactly as easy for me to say.
“A dystopian world where there is no women and all living creatures can hear each other’s thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise.”
So, some things work for “Chaos Walking,” but a lot of other things really do not. To start off, the adventure element is fun. Exploring a sci-fi new world can always be an enjoyable experience, and that is the case for “Chaos Walking.” The thick forested landscape and roaring rivers. The desolate towns. The ravaged spaceships. All around good adventure vibes.
Our stars, Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley, give off passable performances. Nothing was great, but they perform well enough to pair with the adventure genre. So, nothing great but nothing horrible.
As for my boy, Mads Mikkelsen, this is yet another forgettable Americanized Mads villain. I went into greater detail in my “The Hunt” review that Mads is simply an incredible actor — when he is in his Danish films. When he is in an American film, he is type casted for the brooding villain that seems the same over and over again.
An unfortunate part of the film was the use of Nick Jonas. I am a fan of Nick, both of his music and his movies. He was utilized in much better form with the Jumanji movies, but here, he is simply a big name ticket seller. His character was a plot pusher and pretty useless. He could have easily been substituted for the typical military right hand man character.
The story for “Chaos Walking” is strange, or at least messy. For the first 30 minutes of the film, I had absolutely no idea what was going on. The purpose for the hunt for Daisy Ridley’s character was more clear as time went by, but still, the story just seemed a bit silly.
Speaking of silly, the concept of the “Noise” was also comical, which played into both my bad and good reception of the film. Some moments when Tom Holland’s “Noise” was present got a handful of good chuckles out of me. Otherwise, in a lot of other cases it just seemed odd and not as well explained. Which I could say for most of the movie as well.
I have basically forgotten about this movie at this point. In the moment it can be fun and can at least grab your attention, but otherwise it is forgettable and not too good. I would say it is worth a watch once it hits a streamer of yours, but if you are just looking for a time-killer, sure, give it a watch!
Editor: Erica McNatt
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