In 2019, it was rumoured that Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr & Mrs Smith, Edge of Tomorrow) had directed a brand new sci-fi film that studios had deemed “unreleasable”. According to Slashfilm, Lionsgate was required to spend millions in reshoots just to make it work for general audiences. Fast forward to present day and Chaos Walking starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley is finally on track to being released.
Based on the novel series of the same name by author Patrick Ness, the premise is one which requires some commentary; because on paper, it sounds rather silly, almost impossibly blending the basic premise behind Mel Gibson’s What Women Want and Children of Men into one… thriller.
In the not-too-distant future, protagonist Todd Hewitt (portrayed by Tom Holland) inhabits a colony world where a viral germ has ostensibly wiped out all women and unleashed Noise – an affliction which physically displays the thoughts of all men, and by the looks of the trailer footage, occasionally provides the ability to manifest said thoughts in a dangerous way.
The status quo is shaken up when Todd comes across Viola Eade (portrayed by Daisy Ridley) in a strange patch of silence. Naturally, in a world full of men who haven’t seen a woman in years, Todd must protect Viola while discovering “his own inner power” as well as unlocking “the planet’s dark secrets”.
A previously stated, when broken down in its basic elements, the entire concept/implications behind men’s thoughts being in full view with the introduction of the planet’s last woman is hilarious. We do, however, remain optimistic that it’ll make for some moderately entertaining viewing given the involvement of Liman, Holland, and Ridley.
Chaos Walking also stars Mads Mikkelsen, Demian Bichir, Nick Jonas, David Oyelowo, and Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter. Adapted for screen by Ness himself and Christopher Ford (Spider-Man: Homecoming), it’s scheduled to actually hit cinemas on January 22nd of 2021. But we’ll just have to wait and see.