Chaos Walking – Movie Review (Spoiler Free)

Chaos Walking finally unites Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley!

Chaos Walking was filmed back in 2017, and 4 years later, it finally gets to see the light of day. The movie took additional time to complete due to necessary reshoots that needed to be worked around Daisy Ridley’s and Tom Holland’s schedules. The film also features Mads Mikkelsen, Nick Jonas, and Kurt Sutter. Chaos Walking is hitting theaters this weekend, which will be a big test to see if moviegoers will return to theaters.

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Chaos Walking Synopsis

In the not too distant future, Todd Hewitt, played by Tom Holland, discovers Viola, played by Daisy Ridley. She is a mysterious girl who crashes on his planet, where all the women have disappeared, and men are afflicted by “Noise”. The Noise is a force that puts all their thoughts on display. 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.

Based on the The Knife of Never Letting Go the first book of the sci-fi trilogy of books by Patrick Ness, Chaos Walking is a solid flick that delivers an entertaining sci-fi with classic western vibes. This movie has suspense and mystery to keep you drawn throughout. Tom Holland is always a joy to watch as he continues to build his portfolio quickly and efficiently outside of Spider-Man. He has great on-screen chemistry with Daisy Ridley. They both bring so much to their roles and fans will grow more fond of them.

The concept of the “Noise” is very original and fascinating. It was one of several key elements that drew filmmaker Doug Liman to the project. The Noise will let audiences experience what is happening in the characters’ heads but the visual effects of the Noise itself might be distracting for some. The special effects overall are clean and very minimal outside of the conceptional Noise. Landscapes and sceneries were really beautiful as they filmed in Montreal and Quebec.


I give Chaos Walking a 7.5 out of 10. The movie is well-paced, sitting at 1 hour and 49 minutes. It never once feels to drag, and that may be due to the ensemble on screen. You can watch Chaos Walking in theaters including, IMAX, as well as digitally at home.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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Sean Tajipour is the Founder and Editor of Nerdtropolis and the host of the Moviegoers Society Podcast. He is also a member of the Critics Choice Association. You can follow on Twitter and Instagram @Seantaj.

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