It took some time but we’re finally getting our first look at Doug Liman’s “Chaos Walking”, an upcoming sci-fi adventure that I’ve been really curious about. In addition to loving good science-fiction, I was immediately grabbed by the cast: Daisy Ridley, Tom Holland, and (the biggest draw for me) Mads Mikkelsen. Several other good names fill out what looks like a really strong ensemble. And while Liman doesn’t always hit his marks, when he does the results can be terrific (see “The Bourne Identity” and “Edge of Tomorrow”).
“Chaos Walking” is based on a popular young adult sci-fi trilogy that I know nothing about. Basically a mysterious girl crash lands on a planet inhabited solely by men (and a few not-so-hospitable creatures). The girl is discovered by a young man played by Holland who pledges to protect her against the bevy of dangers, one of those being Mikkelsen’s ruthless Mayor Prentiss. The kicker is that the men are afflicted by something called “the Noise” which puts all of their thoughts on display either audibly or visually. Interesting concept.
“Chaos Walking” is set for a January 22, 2021 release. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.