Chaos Walking Review: Doug Liman’s Sci-Fi Adventure Delivers Thrills With Little Depth

Chaos Walking Review: Doug Liman’s Sci-Fi Adventure Delivers Thrills With Little Depth
Doug Liman’s foray into science fiction has given us inexplicable lows like Jumper, and impressive heights such as Edge of Tomorrow. Chaos Walking finds an intriguing middle ground. A concept ripe for imaginative exploration, a stacked cast, and incredible set pieces don’t quite compensate for a lack of depth that would otherwise make the experience wholly satisfying.

Chaos begins on an unknown planet inhabited by an all-male colony. Their thoughts are an unfiltered “Noise,” wherein anything you think can be heard––if not controlled. This gives way to The Mayor (Mads Mikkelsen), who is in charge of the colony and dressed like a vintage Eastwood character, setting up an intriguing mix of the old west and dystopian aesthetics. We also understand The Mayor is the best at controlling his Noise because we never hear what he thinks––unlike Todd Hewitt (Tom Holland), who has no control of his thoughts.
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