The Tomorrow War (Review)

The Tomorrow War is a 2021 American military science fiction film directed by Chris McKay. It is produced by David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don GrangerDavid S. Goyer, Jules Daly, and Adam Kolbrenner, and written by Zach Dean. The film stars Chris Pratt (who also was an executive producer), Yvonne StrahovskiJ. K. SimmonsBetty GilpinSam RichardsonEdwin Hodge, Jasmine Mathews, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, and Keith Powers. It follows a mix of present-day soldiers and civilians sent into the future to fight an alien army.

Originally set for theatrical release by Paramount Pictures, the film’s distribution rights were acquired by Amazon due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and digitally released on July 2, 2021 via Prime VideoThe Tomorrow War received mixed reviews from critics, with praise for the concept, action sequences, and performances (particularly Pratt and Richardson), but criticism aimed towards its derivative execution. A sequel is in development.

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The Tomorrow is an Adequate Sci Fi Time Travel/ Monster Movie
  • Tomorrow War

I was worried that it was another made for SyFy movie! (no spoilers)

The Tomorrow War starts off with Chris Pratt at home with his daughter and wife as they host a get together for the World Cup. As they collectively watch the game, a group of soldiers from the future appeared from a dazzling lightshow on the soccer field in front of the players.

The lead soldier explained that they were humans from thirty years in the future and that they were at war and were losing against an alien species and in 11 months in their time humanity will be extinct.

Chris Pratt’s characters connection with the main plot is established early in the film, his relationship with his wife and daughter, and his bitterness he has for his dad (J.K. Simons)

The solution that the present day world agreed to was sending the elite members of the armed forces around the planet to 2051 for a seven-day battle with the invading forces.

After the military teams were mostly wiped out, the task is handed to a portion of the civilian population who apparently have special circumstances, and eventually Pratt’s character is called into duty.  The military put a time brace on his arm and tells him he has time to get his affairs in order before deployment. He reluctantly pays a visit to his estranged father to see if he could get the brace off so that he can go on the run. The father refuses, obviously, for plot purposes.

Pratt is eventually sent to the future, which starts off badly. There is a glitch with the transport that wipes out most of the group. Now it’s a handful of them facing the invading creatures alone.

When I first heard of the film, from the title alone, I was worried that The Tomorrow War was going to be as bad as a movie on the SyFy Channel… No, it was entertaining. It did have a few flaws that weren’t bad enough to be deal breakers, but they did leave me with after thoughts.

My first thoughts were that the movie was way too long, clocking in at around 140 minutes.

The acting was great, the cast gave good and convincing performances. Cinematography was well done. The special effects worked well and was decent.

In reflection, I think that it was part of the writing that gave me problems.

Like with the most time travel films there’s usually plot holes but with The Tomorrow War, the plot holes are the size of the Grand Canyon. The movie tried to address some of those issues, but it still left enough to leave me perplexed.

But overall, the movie didn’t leave me demanding 2 hours of 20 minutes of my life back, and I have no regrets watching it. It was a pretty decent Action/ Science Fiction movie.

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