We’re not gonna lie to you here. Our first response to this trailer:
Was a dramatically intoned “WUT.” Then we went to Wikipedia to try and get a handle on things.
“The Knife of Never Letting Go (2008) begins with Todd being forced to flee his town after discovering a patch of silence, free of Noise. In the second book, The Ask and the Answer (2009), tensions rise as a civil war between two opposing factions forms, and in the final book, Monsters of Men (2010) the indigenous species of New World rebels against the humans just as a ship full of new settlers is set to arrive on the planet.”
Nope. That wasn’t helping much either. So we decided to consult with Mr. Press Release, who had this to say:
In the not too distant future, Todd Hewitt (Tom Holland) discovers Viola (Daisy Ridley), a mysterious girl who crash lands on his planet, where all the 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.
From the director of The Bourne Identity and Edge of Tomorrow and based on the best-selling novel The Knife of Never Letting Go, Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland star with Mads Mikkelsen, Demián Bichir, Cynthia Erivo, Nick Jonas, Kurt Sutter, and David Oyelowo in Chaos Walking.
Starring: Daisy Ridley, Tom Holland, Mads Mikkelsen, Demián Bichir, Cynthia Erivo, Nick Jonas, Kurt Sutter, and David Oyelowo
Directed by Doug Liman
That’s pretty much all we need to know. We admit the premise looks goofy as hell, but Doug Liman is one of the best action movie directors working today and we’re kind of curious about the chemistry between Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley, who each starred in some of the biggest blockbuster franchises of all time. And the rest of the cast is nothing to sneeze at either — except maybe Nick Jonas, but even he’s got blockbuster action bona fides for his work in the Jumanji films. It all looks a little drearily depressing, but there are too many people involved whose work in this arena is some of the best of all time. Kinda hard to say no to this one.
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