Director: Chris McKay
Writer: Zach Dean (Screenplay)
Starring: Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, J.K. Simmons, Betty Gilpin, Sam Richardson, Jasmine Mathews, Edwin Hodge, Ryan Kiera Armstrong
Plot: A family man is drafted to fight in a future war where the fate of humanity relies on his ability to confront the past.
Runtime: 2 Hours 20 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: The Tomorrow War starts when on an everyday moment of life, a group of soldiers appear from nowhere claiming to be part of war in the future, one that the human race is losing, needing people to travel to the future to fight the war. The world has hit the position where they will have a worldwide draft, one the former solider turned schoolteacher Dan Forester (Pratt) gets selected to go on.
Dan meets fellow recruits Charlie (Richardson), Dorian (Hodge) and Norah (Rajskub) as they head to the future, placed into a world they don’t know, one where he must take control of if they are to make it out alive against an alien threat unlike anything they have seen before.
Thoughts on The Tomorrow War
Characters & Performances – Dan Forester is a former soldier that has become a biology teacher with his own family, when the war begins, he finds himself drafted, given two options, to run and hide forever with his family, or go into the future to fight, he choices to fight. He will find a familiar face in the future, as his military skills will become key to his survival in the fight. Chris Pratt does give us the typical action hero with a brain, giving his best leading man performance since his big break. Colonel Forester is running the operation in the future, the person Dan connect with, learning about what happened in his past, which will lead to him needing to fight to save humanity. Yvonne Strahovski does a great job in the military leader role. Charlie is the comic relief in the film, the member of the draft picks that shouldn’t be there, talks too much and steals the show. Sam Richardson is the one that is Charlie stealing the show, with great supporting performances from J.K. Simmons as the estranged father, while Betty Gilpin doesn’t do anything wrong, its just her role isn’t as big as it could have been.
Story – The story here follows a group of drafted soldiers who are sent to the future to help in the fight against an alien invader, one that is beating the human race, with one former solider looking to help in the fight. We have seen movies try to do this in the past, be it Terminator or Edge of Tomorrow, with the biggest original spin on this being how they select the recruits, people that would die before the event of the war, with the trainers being people who weren’t born, excluding the time travel paradox between the meeting a different era of themselves. The idea the world is going to lose a war does add an increased peril to what is going in, as we see just how Dan is thrown into different levels of peril.
Themes – The Tomorrow War is a sci-fi action film that will see human against a new alien threat, using time travel to help make the fight winnable for the human race. The alien creations look fantastic with what we see in combat or thinking with the male and female having different mentality when it comes to the fights, with the locations showing the destroyed locations the world would be fighting from.
Final Thoughts – The Tomorrow War is an enjoyable blast in the action world, with great creations and Pratt in his best role outside of Guardians of the Galaxy.