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Chaos Walking (2021)

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Two unlikely companions embark on a perilous adventure through the badlands of an unexplored planet as they try to escape a dangerous and disorienting reality, where all inner thoughts are seen and heard by everyone.
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Incluvie Movie Critiques


Allison DeGrushe
March 13, 2021
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There were plenty of issues with pacing — at times, especially in the final act, the story felt rushed. Too much was going on at once, and everything moved very fast, which is not a good thing. Also, some of the most significant moments in the film were anticlimactic. One of the most gratifying scenes in the book turned out to be a complete letdown in the movie. The main point of criticism here is the fact that the plot deliberately exhibits misogyny. It’s clear that when Viola shows up, the men feel threatened and aim to get rid of her. At first, the idea of a woman arriving in a town full of men who haven’t encountered a woman in years, or maybe ever, is alarming. However, none of them behave too sickening. Todd’s obvious infatuation with Viola is played off as young love — all he wants to do is kiss her and tell her how pretty she is. How cute. I went into this film with low expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. It’s not as bad as I thought it would be, which is a bonus. The performances of each actor were great, especially Mikkelsen, Holland, and Ridley. They did the best they could with what they were given, and that’s all one could hope for. Their portrayals, in my opinion, were book accurate. Other aspects of the film, not so much. The portrayal of the Noise was fascinating. At times, yes, it could be overwhelming; however, that’s exactly how it’s supposed to be so I think everyone did a terrific job on the depiction. There isn’t much diversity in this film — the cast is primarily white men, with the occasional female or person of color. Yes, the main character is a female, but that doesn’t excuse the fact that this film doesn’t portray representation and inclusivity in the film industry adequately. I would love to see the rest of the trilogy performed cinematically, but I doubt that will happen. It all depends on if the film is a commercial success, and Lionsgate and the cast want to return for more. https://medium.com/incluvie/chaos-walking-review-the-good-and-the-bad-72c16559d905

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Two unlikely companions embark on a perilous adventure through the badlands of an unexplored planet as they try to escape a dangerous and disorienting reality, where all inner thoughts are seen and heard by everyone.

Rating:PG-13
Genre:Science Fiction, Action, Adventure, Thriller
Directed By:Doug Liman
Written By:Christopher D. Ford, Patrick Ness
In Theaters:3/5/2021
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Runtime:109 minutes
Studio:Quadrant Pictures, Lionsgate

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