The Tomorrow War is a movie that has been in the making for over 10 years. It’s an overwhelming, action-packed sci-fi flick with a disappointing movie experience.
The the tomorrow war rotten tomatoes is a science fiction film that has received mixed reviews. It was released in theaters on October 11, 2018 and had an audience score of 50% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Tomorrow War, a $200 million summer blockbuster directed by Chris McKay (The Lego Movie, The Lego Batman Movie), written by Zach Dean (Deadfall, 24 Hours to Live), and starring Chris Pratt, is available on Amazon Prime Video (Guardians of the Galaxy, Passengers).
Independence Day: Resurgence, Godzilla versus Kong, and the Cloverfield series are just a few examples of sci-fi extraterrestrial blockbusters that just miss the point. The Tomorrow War has the makings of an action picture that promises to be more but ultimately disappoints.
With the epidemic forcing Hollywood to shift its film calendar to streaming, it may be a blessing in disguise for the filmmakers behind this picture, since The Tomorrow War might have been 2021’s greatest failure if it had been released in theaters.
Dan Forester, an army veteran turned biology teacher with a love for study and science, is played by Pratt. Dan is enjoying his time with his family and friends watching the 2022 World Cup when human visitors from the future (Year 2051) suddenly interrupt the football match, only to issue a dire warning to the present-day world. Earth has been overrun by aliens, and the future is wallowing in a human resource crisis. Because there aren’t enough able-bodied warriors to stop the aliens from annihilating humanity, civilians must go 30 years into the future to assist in the battle.
The video depicts the bleak reality of what occurs when a conflict breaks out unexpectedly. Civilians, men and women without military training, are being sent away, nations are at odds to preserve political interests, and demonstrations and riots are occurring because people have lost hope or desire in fighting a war that will not occur within their lifetime. But, of course, our dashing, stoic-faced, daddy of the year with daddy problems Dan is also conscripted to fight in the war. Don’t worry, ladies; our screenwriters have devised a method to demonstrate that Pratt is still physically capable of portraying the hero… Literally.
Faced with the possibility of abandoning his duty and fleeing with his family, our Dan seeks assistance from his estranged father, portrayed by the smart and talented J.K. Simmons, only to make up his mind to help battle the aliens.
Now that we’ve dealt with all of the familial issues, we can focus on the situation at hand. In a way, yes. We are introduced to a number of lesser individuals, the most of whom will become canon fodder in the future. Among them are nervous tech mogul Charlie (Sam Richardson) – who is only there to provide comic relief, to the point where it becomes irritatingly irritating at times, Norah (Mary Lynn Rajskub) – who is underutilized and is only there to provide some wise-cracking jokes (okay, so we have two comic-relief characters), and three-time war drafted Dorian (Edwin Hodge) who deserved more screen time.
With a Q&A sequence that addresses all of your time travel queries, the film has now checked all of the boxes necessary to begin production. However, it takes approximately 40 minutes of screen time before we see any extraterrestrial activity. The group, along with hundreds of others, is zapped into the future, where they are met by legions of White Spikes, extraterrestrial monsters. These aliens are albino predators with tentacles that can strangle, cut, and fire sharp missiles.
The picture tries to figure out what kind of film it wants to be. A sci-fi alien combat movie that focuses extensively on family relationships while ignoring key war-terror aspects of the narrative; this, along with poor acting from the major cast and a long duration, seems to be its downfall.
Not to mention the film’s sluggish pace in between the action sequences. Sure, the film avoids the blockbuster trap of nonstop action with weapons blazing, but do we really need all that additional narrative chow? Over the course of the film’s duration, the authors seemed to have timed it in such a way that the increasing events and climaxes were confused. The transition between the film’s three acts might have been smoother. They seemed to be cramming in superfluous narrative elements and prolonging the film’s suspense from one point to the next until it became tiresome. One may think to themselves, “OK, we understand it.” Is there anything else?” It’s plausible that the screenwriters might have finished the movie at various points rather than dragging it out across many acts.
Instead of a movie, The Tomorrow War might have worked better as a limited series. With the added runtime of a series, the writers could have focused more on the fear and tension of sudden war – the fear and tension of ordinary civilians being forced to pick up a gun with little training (and armor) and be sent into the unknown to face terrifying aliens only to return either dead or with post-war trauma – now that is a good premise to focus on. The film rushed past these problems, as if it was in a rush to get on with the narrative, offering us a taste of what might have been but was disregarded since this isn’t that type of film.
One example is when Dan and the others leapt into the future but were inadvertently transported a thousand feet into the air, with the majority of the party splatting on the pavement. It didn’t appear to bother them in the least. It’s worth noting that nearly all of them are regular people. They should have been sobbing and begging to go home, but the authors were like, “Nah, we don’t have time for that.” “Let us go on.”
Pratt has able to carry the picture throughout, owing to his acting abilities. Pratt’s acting skills here seem a little dry compared to when he was in Game of Thrones and the Jurassic series. The only thing he appears to be good at is smoldering. Aside from J.K. Simmons, we had Yvonne Strahovski (as Colonel Muri Forester) and Betty Gilpin (as Emmy Forester), both of whom performed an excellent job of carrying the film’s drama. Minor characters like Norah, Dorian, Lieutenant Hart, and Sergeant Diaz should have been written better and given more screentime, rather than serving as props for Pratt’s Dan and ultimately being written out of the movie.
The makers seem to have worked hard to make this picture unique, but ended up with a film that was so bloated with story elements and characters that they didn’t know what more to do with them and instead simply dragged them along and checked the boxes to fill out the movie.
The Tomorrow War has amazing visual effects and some tense, exciting action, and it’s a good streaming sci-fi film that promises a lot but doesn’t deliver. Give it a go if you have 2.5 hours to spare, but don’t anticipate the unexpected.
SCORE: 6 OUT OF 10
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