(2021) (Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Sci-Fi: Denizens of failed settlements on a far-away planet -- where the thoughts and dreams of all males can be heard and seen by all -- must contend with the arrival of a newcomer.
It's the year 2257 and various mostly failed settlements dot a planet six decades away from Earth. Todd (TOM HOLLAND) is an orphaned teenager who was born there and raised by Ben (DEMIAN BICHIR) and Cillian (KURT SUTTER) and has never seen a woman, what with being told the humanoid type creatures that live there -- the Spackle -- killed all of them. The defining element of the world, though, is that it somehow causes the thoughts and dreams (known as "the noise") of all males -- and only the males -- to be heard and seen by all.
Todd still hasn't mastered trying to mask that to keep his thoughts private, including from his nemesis, Davy (NICK JONAS), the son of Mayor David Prentiss (MADS MIKKELSEN), or Aaron (DAVID OYELOWO), a fire and brimstone preacher who's teaming with angry thoughts and warnings of what's coming next for sinners. Todd's inability to hide his thoughts eventually reveals that he's just discovered the wreckage of a scout spaceship and its lone survivor, Viola (DAISY RIDLEY).
It's not long before everyone in Prentisstown learns of her presence, with the Mayor desiring to gain control of her parent ship should it arrive. Realizing that won't be good for her, Todd decides to go on the run with Viola and sets off for the settlement of Farbranch run by Hildy (CYNTHIA ERIVO) where the newcomer hopes to find a means to contact her people. But they must contend with Mayor Prentiss and his followers who won't give up their chase of the two.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- They might if they're fans of the novel on which this is based and/or any of the cast members.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For violence and language.
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