Directed by Doug Liman ( American Made , 2017), Chaos Walking is definitely an appropriate phrase to use to describe the process of making this film. Adapted from the book The Knife of Never Letting Go which is the first book of the trilogy Chaos Walking bouquet of Patrick Ness , chaos and obstacles faced by the film starring Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland has been started when the text of a story that was originally written by Charlie Kaufman ( Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2004) was then judged to be unsatisfactory and subsequently received revisions from a number of other scriptwriters such as Jamie Linden ( Dear John , 2010) and John Lee Hancock ( The Little Things , 2021) before finally using a script written by Ness together with Christopher Ford ( Spider -Man: Homecoming , 2017). The shooting of the film itself was actually completed in 2017. However, after getting a bad response from a number of screening tests, Chaos Walking then carried out a number of reshoots – involving director Fede lvarez ( The Girl in the Spider’s Web)., 2018) – and postponed the film’s release from 2019 to earlier this year. It’s not surprising if then the series of chaos is quite reflected in the final quality of the story of Chaos Walking .
The storyline of Chaos Walking begins when the audience is introduced to an alien planet that resembles Earth and is now inhabited by mankind. In a settlement known as Prentisstown led by David Prentiss ( Mads Mikkelsen), there is a furore when a teenager, Todd Hewitt (Holland), finds the wreckage of a spaceship that is thought to have crashed and killed all of the passengers except for a girl (Ridley) who then tries to hide himself from the residents of Prentisstown. Coming from an environment where no women live – a tragedy caused by the creatures native to the New World known as The Spackle – Todd Hewitt is clearly in awe of the girl’s presence. When he learns that David Prentiss and his men are trying to catch the girl, on the advice of her adoptive fathers, Ben Moore ( Demián Bichir ) and Cillian Boyd ( Kurt Sutter).), Todd Hewitt then took the girl away from Prentisstown.
It seems easy enough to read the various Chaos Walking storylineswhich seems to be trying to present a social commentary as well as a comparison with the actual conditions of human life in the modern era. The story of the eviction of indigenous people – who were later labeled as criminals by the immigrants, an allusion to the different ways of thinking or solving problems between men and women, human attitudes that seem to try to avoid or hate someone who is different from themselves and their habits, or a description of how women are often underestimated by men as a line of themes that the conflicts that are narrated in the storyline of this film try to address. Unfortunately, even though it involved the intervention of Ness who wrote the novel that became the source of the film’s story,
Chaos Walkingoften feels more focused on building the story of the existence of the New World and the various myths that surround it rather than trying to make each character and the ongoing conflict on it feel complete. Just look at the story about the existence of The Spackle which is actually quite crucial but only given a minimal portion of the story. Likewise with the existence of Noise – the name for the sounds that come from the thoughts of every male character. An interesting concept, but often only used as a complement to the story without being really explored with much better existence. Or also about the existence of other human settlements that have never been given a deeper exploration of the story or characters.Chaos Walking then ends up as a passing dish and will obviously be easy enough to forget.
Obviously a big disappointment. With the appearance of acting from Holland and Ridley – whose interactions between the characters they play are enough to maintain the quality of this film’s storytelling so as not to fall further – and the support of Mikkelsen, Bichir, Chyntia Erivo , and David Oyelowo , Liman failed to form a stronger storyline. . Apart from the acting performance, Chaos Walking may still be able to appear strong from the quality of its production department which is able to produce a convincing visual arrangement for New World. Musical support by Marco Beltrami and Brandon Robertsalso quite successful in giving some life in many scenes of the film’s storytelling that tends to feel flat. Not a massive failure however, with clever story ideas and big names in front of and behind the camera, Chaos Walking is not able to produce a presentation that deserves to be called classy.