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Chaos Walking sets out on a potentially interesting path, but this dystopian adventure badly bungles its premise and limps toward the finish. Read critic reviews

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Chaos Walking's unique premise helps offset the story's predictable and confusing moments -- and the great cast makes this sci-fi adventure that much more exciting to watch. Read audience reviews

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In the not-too-distant future, Todd Hewitt discovers a mysterious woman who crash-landed on his planet. It's a dystopian world where all the females have disappeared, and all the men are afflicted by a force that puts their thoughts on display. Vowing to protect her, the duo must navigate dangerous terrain as Todd discovers his inner power and unlocks the planet's dark secrets.

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Critic Reviews for Chaos Walking

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  • It lacks heft, or interest. Absolutely bone-numbingly dull and stupid.

    April 6, 2021 | Full Review…
  • This device, of course, worked on paper, in the source novel, The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness. But it's appalling on film.

    April 2, 2021 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • A semi-competent sci-fi yarn that suffers, if anything, from being too simple in its execution.

    April 2, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Holland and Ridley have all the rapport of two tree trunks, and the deeper dramatic and comedic possibilities of the one-way torrent of intimate thoughts between them goes bafflingly unexplored.

    April 1, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A disappointment. A premise with much promise has been turned into a bland retread through YA's most familiar faults - despite some bold efforts from Holland, Ridley and Mikkelsen.

    March 18, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • In our current age of preprocessed film spectacle, there is something strangely pleasing-exciting even-about how profoundly unkempt this all feels, especially for a film on this scale.

    March 15, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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    Colonizers of a different planet are surprised when the men mysteriously develop the curious talent of having their thoughts be both seen and heard out in the open - imagine comic book characters reading each others thought balloons, revealing their innermost secret drives against their will, which could turn out be a dangerous thing in the wrong or inappropriate situation. Instead of further exploring the consequences of living with this particularly startling anamoly is the decision simply to follow a pretty standard film chase narrative instead, leaving the taste of missed opportunities, however well executed by experienced director Doug Liman, or performed by likeable Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley.
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