The trailer for Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley‘s sci-fi flick debuts after endless delays
Despite being filmed in 2017, the Lionsgate adaptation of the Patrick Ness novel ‘The Knife Of Never Letting Go‘ that has been filmed under the title ‘Chaos Walking‘ has taken ages to come to movie screens. The film was supposed to open back in 2019 but due to poor test screenings, the film had to undergo extensive reshoots. The problem? Stars Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland were unavailable thanks to filming ‘Star Wars‘ and ‘Spider-Man‘ respectively, delaying the schedule planned for the reshoots.
Director Doug Liman was also unavailable and as such, Fede Alvarez was brought in to direct the new shoot, eighteen months after the original filming was completed. But now, the first trailer for the film has arrived ahead of its proposed January 2021 opening. Let’s see what they’ve come up with:
The official synopsis for the film is:
‘In the not too distant future, Todd Hewitt (Holland) discovers Viola (Ridley), a mysterious girl who crash lands on his planet, where all women have disappeared and the men are afflicted by ‘The Noise’-a force that puts all their thoughts on display. In this dangerous landscape, Viola’s life is threatened-and as Todd vows to protect her, he will have to discover his own inner power and unlock the planet’s dark secrets’
Sounds interesting. With support from Demian Bichir, David Oyelowo, Nick Jonas, Oscar Jaenada, Cynthis Erivo, Kurt Sutter, and the brilliant Mads Mikkelsen, the film has the visual power and a top-notch cast going for it. Having said that, however, the film’s long and protracted journey to the screen has left me with a strange feeling regarding it. The test screenings said the film was completely unwatchable and that doesn’t inspire confidence. But saying that, Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, and Mads Mikkelson are always watchable and the film does look like it could be an entertaining and rewarding one. It invokes comparisons with ‘The Hunger Games’ and other dystopian feature films. Just as long as it doesn’t resemble ‘Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets‘! Nothing can be THAT bad surely?
Chaos Walking arrives (hopefully) on January 22nd, 2021. That’s if Covid doesn’t stop it in its tracks first.
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