‘Chaos Walking’ Review: The Good and the Bad

Allison DeGrushe
Allison DeGrushe
April 3, 2021

Doug Liman’s latest feature comes after a strenuous four years in the making. Based on the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness, the film adapts the first book of the series, The Knife of Never Letting Go. As a fan of the books, I was curious to see how the story would transpire on the big screen.

Chaos Walking takes place on a foreign planet, known as “The New World,” which has been conquered by humans. Prentisstown, ruled by the corrupt Mayor (Mads Mikkelsen), is an all-male community where every man’s thoughts are visible and heard in what is called “the Noise.” There are no women left in the world — they were allegedly slaughtered during a war against the native species. However, when the youngest boy in town, Todd Hewitt (Tom Holland), comes across a mysterious spacecraft, he meets Viola (Daisy Ridley), the only survivor of the crash and the first girl Todd’s ever seen. Once Todd informs the Mayor about the ship, Viola becomes an immediate target of the Mayor. The only way she can survive long enough to send a signal to her home ship is by teaming up with Todd and fleeing the town.