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Chaos Walking

Country: USA, Language: English, 109 mins

  • Director: Doug Liman
  • Writer: Patrick Ness; Christopher Ford
  • Producer: Doug Davison; Allison Shearmur

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After a few years of re-shoots and re-writes, Chaos Walking finally arrives...it needn't have bothered.

There's an old saying, you can't make a silk purse out of a pig's ear...credit where credit is due, they certainly tried, again and again and again...but, still, it remains a pig's ear.

With an estimated budget of $125 million - it really is difficult to see where they spent it...certainly not on the casting department. Is Tom Holland's character not meant to have just turned 13!?! 

He and Daisy Ridley, the darlings of the YAs, have absolutely no on-screen chemistry whatsoever nor do either of them stretch their acting skills to anywhere above mundane. They can't take all the blame...Patrick Ness adapted his own book and mutilated it thoroughly. Doug Liman simply twisted the blade that was already embedded in the tortured script...and, killed it stone dead.

If you loved the book...really, stay clear. It would be a fair bet to say that this franchise has ended way before it began...what an expensive pig's ear!


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The(ir) Blurb...

From Carnegie Award-winning writer Patrick Ness comes the story of Todd Hewitt who lives on the distant planet of New World-a new hope for humanity until struck by "The Noise," a virus which inflicts immersive visions of ones' every thought. The cacophony drives many mad until Todd makes a hidden, silent discovery: there is a girl named Viola, who may be the key to unlocking New World's many layered secrets. Together, the two unlikely companions are forced on a white-knuckle adventure into an unexplored planet - trying to escape and hide in an environment where all thoughts are heard, all movements are seen -as they both discover the truth about the lives they left behind and the spectacular world they've learned to call home.

Cast & Characters

Tom Holland as Todd Hewitt
Daisy Ridley as Viola Eade
Mads Mikkelsen as Mayor Prentiss
Nick Jonas as Davy Prentiss Jr.
Kurt Sutter as Cillian
Ray McKinnon as Jim Johnson
Óscar Jaenada as Wilf
David Oyelowo as Aaron
Harrison Osterfield as Farnbranch Man
Demián Bichir as Ben
Mylène Dinh-Robic as Julie
Cynthia Erivo as Hildy
Olunike Adeliyi as Piper