In Chaos Walking, Viola (Daisy Ridley) is the only woman left on the planet. And, she can visually see and hear what a;; men are thinking. If that wasn’t a chaotic enough world for you, there are other creatures that can see the thoughts of men. It is a fight for survival in a strange world, where chaos reigns supreme. If you liked this movie and are a fan of Dystopian or survival movies, you will love this list of 20 movies like Chaos Walking.
20 Dystopian Movies like Chaos Walking
1 World War Z (2013)
Brad Pitt is Gerry Lane, a former UN employee who travels the world in a race against time. What is he up against? A zombie pandemic that can end humanity as we know it! Will he succeed?
Based on a best-selling book. The acting is great. The plot calls for continuous thrilling action. This movie redefined zombie movies as we know it.
2 Idiocracy (2006)
Idiocracy is an unusual Dystopian movie in that it is a comedy. Luke Wilson is part of a top-secret government program where he is put into hibernation for 500 years. But, the government forgets about him. When he wakes up, he walks into a society where people are exceptionally dump. How dumb? They are trying to use Gatorade to water crops! That dumb. Luke is the most intelligent person alive. What can he do to save society from sheer stupidity?
3 Gattaca (1997)
Gattaca isn’t exactly a Dystopian movie. But, it is set in the future where your genetics mean everything. Desperate to travel through space, a man with inferior genetics steals the identity of an ideal genetic specimen of a man. But, will he be able to see his dream through? Or, will society not allow it. Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman and Jude Law deliver stellar performances.
4 Equilibrium (2002)
In Equilibrium, all forms of human feeling are illegal. Christian Bale plays John Preston, an officer in charge of enforcing this oppressive law. But, as time goes, he understands how not feeling emotions is against the very nature of man. He decides to revolt and overthrow the state and its oppression against humanity.
5 The Machinist (2004)
Christian Bale again is brilliant in The Machinist. This isn’t a Dystopian movie per se. But, it is dystopian in the sense that it is complete chaos in the mind of an industrial worker (Bale). Bale plays Trevor Reznik. Unable to sleep and rapidly losing weight, Trevor struggles with his mind and sanity. Christian Bale went through a life threatening body transformation to portray the troubled soul of Trevor Reznik.
6 Contact (1997)
Jodie Foster plays Dr. Ellie Arroway. After decades of exhaustive research, she finds conclusive proof in the form of a radio interception that proves the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence. But, what are they trying to convey. Do they mean good or impending doom?
7 Unbreakable (2000)
Bruce Willis is David Dunn. After a freak accident, he discovers that he has extraordinary capabilities. Are there others like him? Can he find them? What is their collective purpose?
8 Moon (2009)
In Moon, Sam Rockwell plays Sam Bell. He is a contract employee on the moon, sending back clean energy sources. With just two weeks to go on his contract, Sam begins to hallucinate. His only companion is an AI voice that is supposed to tend to his daily needs. Will Sam be able to overcome his mind? Or is something really out there? A brilliant Sci-Fi movie. Kevin Spaces lends his voice for the AI that is called GERTY. A movie that will keep you guessing until the very end.
9 Children of Men (2006)
The year is 2027. It’s a bizarre world where all women have become infertile. But, there’s one woman (Julianne Moore) who is miraculously pregnant. Clive Owen plays Theo Faron, a retired activist who must take the woman to safety, to give humanity a chance to survive and procreate further.
10 Sunshine (2007)
The sun is dying. Without it, the earth and all its life forms will perish. How do we save it? By reigniting the sun by delivering a nuclear fission bomb. But, can the specialist team deliver this very special payload? A brilliant sci-fi thriller.
11 12 Monkeys (1995)
Set in a future world, humans are trying to scramble information about the past. The past that wiped out the vast majority of the planet? How do they do it? By sending a convict James Cole (Bruce Willis) back in time. Can James provide the critical answers that will explain the near extinction of the human race. Or, will he find something far more sinister?
12 District 9 (2009)
District 9 made headlines when it came out. A low budget sci-fi movie, it won the hearts of millions of lovers of the genre. The plot? A small alien population called the prawns crash into South Africa. After an initially warm welcome by the human race, they are left to rot in slum like conditions. An officer from earth played by Wikus Van De Merwe is then put in charge of their eviction. But, while evicting them, he is exposed to a strange chemical. His only salvation is his two newly made prawn friends. Will he join hands with them to save their community? This movie was nominated for 4 Oscars and was very unlucky not to have won all 4.
13 The Abyss (1989)
The Abyss is a brilliant dystopian movie that explores the deep waters on planet earth. A team of civilian divers are enlisted to search for a nuclear submarine that has gone missing. But, what they discover is far more frightening. An alien aquatic species that could threaten marine life as we know it!
14 Prometheus (2012)
A Ridley Scott masterpiece. A team of scientists are exploring the origin of mankind. Their pursuits take them to the moon. But, just when they are about to make a breakthrough discovery, they discover they are not alone. A thrilling sci-fi movie you must watch.
15 A Quiet Place (2018)
The apocalypse has ended. A few fortunate souls have survived. But, they must still hide from strange alien creatures who have ultra-sensitive hearing. The smallest of sounds results in an instant and violent death. How do you fight such monsters? Emily Blunt and John Krasinski play a couple who do everything they can to save their family. A movie so successful that the sequel is already one of the most anticipated movies of 2021. The silence through most of the movie exponentially adds to the building suspense.
16 Don’t Breathe (2016)
The word is that an old blind man is an easy target, alone in his home. Three thieves embark on what they think will be an easy outing for some quick cash. But, the blind man (Stephen Lang) is just their nightmare waiting to happen. Not a Dystopian movie but a thriller like Walking Chaos for sure.
17 Split (2016)
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan of The Sixth Sense Fame, Split features a brilliant performance by James McAvoy. James plays a kidnapper who has no less than 23 different personalities. Some want to rescue the girls he has kidnapped. Some want to kill them. It’s a battle against his own mind. Will the girls survive? Which personality will come through in the end. A psychological thriller paired with a plot for survival. Will have you biting your nails at least a few times!
18 Bird Box (2018)
A unseen mysterious force has wiped out most of the human population. How do you survive it? With your eyes closed is how. Sandra Bullock plays Malorie who needs to protect her two children. But, how long can you really survive without sight, in a world so strangely conquered by an evil force? Bird Box was one of the most watched movies on Netflix, in 2018.
19 The Maze Runner (2014)
Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) is a part of a community of boys with no past memories. Everything has been erased. He can only escape this community if he can beat a maze before time runs out for the day. Can’t do it, the maze closes up and can be tried only the next day again. It’s literally a run for your life situation. A group of 30 boys split into two groups. One group is willing to die trying to escape. The other group is resigned to living in the secluded community. Who will survive? Who will escape? A brilliant survival themed Sci-Fi movie.
20 I, Robot (2004)
The year is 2035. Will Smith plays Del Spooner, a cop who is investigating a crime. The crime seems to be perpetrated by a robot. But, if this was true, what could it mean. Are the robots out to end the human race? Can artificial intelligence really conquer humanity? A brilliant movie that reminds us of what surely will be a looming threat in the future, as AI progresses.
There you have it, 20 movies like Chaos Walking. These are sci-fi movies with a thrilling plot where people are fighting to just survive. Which one of these 20 movies will make your list’s cut. Let us know with a comment! We would love to hear from you!