‘The Tomorrow War‘ is a science fiction film directed by Chris McKay in his live-action directorial debut. Chris Pratt serves as an executive producer and was made by Paramount Pictures before being released by Amazon Studios.
Dan Forester (Chris Pratt) is a Green Beret veteran and a biology teacher living in 2022 with his wife Emmy (Betty Gilpin) and daughter Muri (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) whose life is turned upside when soldiers from the future arrive. They claim an alien force called the Whitespikes is engaging in a war again humanity in 2051 and the Earth is losing. They institute an unpopular draft across the globe, creating strong resistance. Dan is drafted and considers dodging with the help of his estranged father James (J.K. Simmons), but ultimately shows up. Arriving at the scene, he befriends fellow scientist Charlie (Sam Richardson) and the cancer-stricken Dorian (Edwin Hodge), the latter of whom has done three tours. After they arrive in the future, Dan realizes that it is far worse than first thought, but the Romeo Commander (Yvonne Strahovski) may have the key to winning the war.
Now, the movie had a few hiccups. There were several convenient plot devices that helped to move the plot along. Nothing egregious, but you do think, “wow, they got lucky that time.” That being said, I loved this movie.
From the beginning to the end, you feel the sense of dread and terror as the characters dodge these feral aliens, seeking only to survive. It was terrifying and brutal at times, but it showed you the reality of war, even if it done in the form of monstrous extraterrestrials. You are completely hooked and root for the characters as they fight for survival.
Chris McKay’s first venture into live-action paid off in a big way. He did a good job of crafting the story and you feel invested in the plot as well as the lives of the protagonists. You could see some of his tell-tale humor and sense of adventure woven into the story. He does a good job of balancing action, sci-fi, time travel, and drama into a genre-bent film that you never get lost in.
The cast is also well done. Chris Pratt was excellent as the leading man and the rest of the cast showed off their talent as well. Everyone did a solid job and brought the movie to life. You felt their pain, their concerns, their hope, and their desire to save the future for their loved ones.
Bottom line, The Tomorrow War packs a solid punch. You will enjoy every minute of the action and the performances from the cast as the fight for the future begins.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Foul language, Strong action violence, Some bloody imagery
FAVORITE QUOTE: I’m not a hero. I’m just trying to save my daughter.
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