Chaos Walking

Published April 2, 2021

Chaos Walking

Film info

  • Title Chaos Walking
  • Director Doug Liman
  • Year 2021
  • Run time 1hr 49m
  • Genres Science Fiction, Action, Thriller, Adventure
  • Tagline No one escapes the noise

In the not too distant future, Todd Hewitt discovers a mysterious girl named Viola. She has crash-landed on his planet, where the women have disappeared and the men are affliced by 'The Noise', a force that puts all their thoughts on display. In this dangerous landscape, Viola's life is threatened and, to protect her, Todd must discover his inner power and unlock the planet's dark secrets in this thrilling action-adventure based on the best-selling novel The Knife of Never Letting Go.

Live blog

Time Comment
2:47 I don’t enjoy this world! So many thoughts that don’t need airing.
6:31 I can see me adopting ‘control your noise’ into my vocabulary.
11:26 Whenever there are amazing forests like this, I always wonder where they filmed them.
13:53 “The mayor likes me, better than his boy.”
22:24 She’s not all alone though, Spiderman will help Spacegirl.
27:54 He really does like the blonde hair.
30:30 The VFX people on this must have had a great time thinking about what thoughts look like.
32:31 It’s a very confusing world that has spaceships and futuristic motorbikes but also mayors on horses.
36:09 Thoughts are fun sometimes though. “Yea.” “I have no idea.”
45:59 And we’re at the point where I just want a movie of these two walking around being hilarious.
1:00:06 “Sorry, I didn’t mean to think that.” He’s so adorable!
1:08:39 I can believe they killed off all the women, but did they have a plan for the future because…
1:14:07 “That’s not protecting me, that’s lying to me.”
1:22:05 When dogs chase their tails they look so silly, why do they do that?
1:24:46 So many Star Wars coincidences.
1:28:21 Full on Tomb Raider right now.
1:38:37 “It’s growing on me?”


Wow, what a great film. It took a while for the premise to sink in and become comfortable - it was overwhelming to start with, as I’m sure it was for Viola. As she said “it’s loud”. And when I say it became comfortable, it was never that. Uncontrollable thoughts is something I’ve wrestled with in my time, so this opened up lots of interesting angles to approach that from.

It was a creative idea, and I loved the way Tom Holland handled it - in fact, I was trying to think of anyone else who might have been able to pull this off in the same way, it requires a certain set of skills. Hard-core enough to make the stand, vulnerable enough to fight his thoughts, charming enough to make it cute, etc, etc.

And it wasn’t the perfect story, obviously very inspired by other things but supremely interesting and entertaining. Top notch!

Rating: 5 / 5

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