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Chaos Walking (2021)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Sci-Fi | 5 March 2021 (USA)
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A dystopian world where there are no women and all living creatures can hear each other's thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise.


Doug Liman


Patrick Ness (screenplay by), Christopher Ford (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Holland ... Todd
Daisy Ridley ... Viola
Demián Bichir ... Ben
David Oyelowo ... Aaron
Kurt Sutter ... Cillian
Cynthia Erivo ... Hildy
Bethany Anne Lind ... Karyssa Hewitt
Mads Mikkelsen ... Mayor Prentiss
Nick Jonas ... Davy Prentiss Jr.
Ray McKinnon ... Matthew
Vincent Leclerc ... Daws
Blane Crockarell ... Young Todd
François Gauthier François Gauthier ... Charlie (as François Gauthiér)
Tyrone Benskin ... Hammer
Frank Fontaine ... Mr. Phelps


In the not-too-distant future, Todd Hewitt (Tom Holland) discovers Viola (Daisy Ridley), a mysterious girl who crash lands on his planet, where all the women have disappeared and the men are afflicted by "the Noise" - a force that puts all their thoughts on display. In this dangerous landscape, Viola's life is threatened - and as Todd vows to protect her, he will have to discover his own inner power and unlock the planet's dark secrets. From the director of The Bourne Identity and Edge of Tomorrow and based on the best-selling novel The Knife of Never Letting Go, Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland star with Mads Mikkelsen, Demián Bichir, Cynthia Erivo, Nick Jonas, Kurt Sutter, and David Oyelowo in Chaos Walking.

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No one escapes the noise


Adventure | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and language | See all certifications »

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In the book series, Todd and Viola are supposed to be in their early teens, but in reality, the main actors are early to mid twenties. See more »

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"What Women Want" set in Space
5 March 2021 | by waltermwilliamsSee all my reviews

In a World...a Brave New World you can open a movie with a random quote from imaginary people. Welcome to "Chaos Walking". This movie, like many, has been in production and postproduction for years and was meant to be on the big screen in 2020, but that's when our world changed forever. So, you can understand why settlers from Earth left decades ago to create a dystopian world on another planet about 200 years from now. How's that working out for them? Not so good. All the women have been killed by aliens...apparently! We only see the aliens twice and they are not fully explained, but I feel that door has been left wide open for parts 2 & 3...along with more Settlements. There's even talk of a monorail, but it's more of a Shelbyville idea. (even something for Simpsons fans here) The thing separating this world from our planet is that all living creatures can hear each other's thoughts. Just when you thought no one can hear you scream in space. The main issue with this is that you can't go silent or quiet because your thought's come out as a stream of images, words and sounds called (imaginatively) Noise! Think "What Women Want" set in Space as a Sci-Fi/Romance and you've got "Chaos Walking" ...literally. Except men can't hear women's thoughts and the local raving looney Preacher, played by the award-winning David O, thinks all females are evil and should be punished. This movie has a stellar cast (see what I did there?). From the Marvel Universe comes Tom Holland minus the Spidey suit as Todd. He's been orphaned as a baby, never getting to really know his mum or dad and taken in by a Gay couple, Demian Bichir unrecognisable as Ben and Kurt Sutter as Cillian. Todd's spider sense should have been tingling as this Adventure, Mystery unravels. Star Wars alumni, Daisy Ridley, is another space traveller who fell to this new Earth as Viola. The Mayor of Crazy Town is the Danish, Mads Mikkelsen, as Prentiss. Never has a better bad guy character actor been born, he is pure evil from Netflix show "Hannibal". Director Doug Liman gave us "Edge of Tomorrow" with Tom Cruise and now he's working with a massive 125-million-dollar budget on a flick filmed on location in the wilds of Canada. To date this movie has not made even 1-million-dollars Worldwide Gross at the Box Office. The "Noise" SFX are visually interesting and different. The sets are very much from the George Lucas camp. "Chaos Walking" is based on a trilogy of novels by author Patrick Ness. The first being, "The Knife of Never Letting Go". Fun Fact: Holland had an uncredited role in another film based on a book by Ness called, "A Monster Calls" and both Holland and Ridley worked on this movie between MCU and Star Wars movies. This movie is more fun than having your wisdom teeth pulled (although that did happen for Spider-Man during filming). Thank goodness for all rewrites and reshoots, because what we have here is the start of a new teen franchise if it can just get a few more bums on seats.

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5 March 2021 (USA) See more »

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$125,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,825,000, 7 March 2021

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