‘Chaos Walking’ Viewer Advisory

The long-delayed sci-fi film “Chaos Walking,” based on the first novel in the series by Patrick Ness, has finally been released. If you’re familiar with the book, you know that things don’t end well for main character Todd (Tom Holland)’s dog, Manchee. How does that play out in the movie?


Sadly, Manchee is killed by one of the film’s villains, played by David Oyelowo. In a dramatic, scene, the dog is held underwater until he drowns.

Per Does the Dog Die:

“A man grabs the dog and holds them beneath the water until they drown, all while Tom Holland’s character screams and begs them to stop, trying to swim upstream to save their animal. It is graphic. There is some thrashing and barking… Would recommend not watching the entirety of the rapids scene.

Todd’s horse also is injured in attempting to escape from the villain, leading to Todd having to perform a mercy killing:

He has to use a knife to end the suffering of his horse after it breaks its leg. It is disturbing, as the leg is shown and the horse is crying. A couple of [other] horses also die in the fray.

The film, which has received a dismal 26% rating from critics on RottenTomatoes, is currently playing in select theaters.

It’s the second Tom Holland film (after “The Devil All the Time“) where a dog dies.

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