The noise is a man’s thoughts unfiltered, and without a filter a man is
just chaos walking.
The opening quote, and one of the first things that we see on screen, in
director Doug Liman’s hugely enjoyable sci-fi film, couldn’t describe the
premise of Chaos Walking any better if it tried.
Chaos Walking is set sometime in the not too distant future on a remote
planet where all the females are dead and the males have been inflicted by
“the Noise”, a strange phenomenon that puts all their thoughts on display
for everyone to hear. The youngest male on the planet, Todd Hewitt (Tom
Holland), out of everyone, has the greatest problem keeping his thoughts to
Todd, as all the men do, lives in a western type town ruled over by Mayor
Prentiss (Mads Mikkelson) and his son Davy Prentiss Jnr (Nick Jonas).
When a ship approaches the planet the occupants’ send down a rescue team,
unfortunately things go disastrously wrong and all the crew are killed with
the exception of a female crew member called Viola (Daisy Ridley). After
Viola is discovered, and fearful that the new ship and its 4000 or so
passengers could impact on their way of life, Mayor Prentiss decides that
the best thing to do is to kill Viola before she can radio for help.
Finding out their plans Todd arranges to travel with Viola to a place where
she’ll be safe and can also communicate with her ship.
The story in Chaos Walking is pretty simple, it’s in essence just a chase
movie. Holland is particularly good as the innocent Todd Hewitt, you’ll
certainly remember his name by the end as it’s all he can say in his head
to stop others reading his thoughts, he along with Ridley and Mikkelsen
have the meatier parts. Peripheral characters like Nick Jonas’s and a
preacher who’s hiding a dark secret, played by David Oyelowa, flit in and
out of the story without really adding much to it.
With cinemas being closed for nearly the best part of a year cinematic
films, films that you would expect to see in a cinema, have been few and
far between, Mulan and Wonder Woman being amongst only a handful of films
released that you could honestly say deserve to be seen on the big screen.
Now add to the list Chaos Walking, it feels like a big budget feature, with
an excellent cast and thrill a minute edge of your seat action, Chaos
Walking is the type of film that reminds us how good cinema can actually
be. Don’t miss.