The Tomorrow War Review
Chris Pratt and Yvonne Strahovski in a futuristic sci-fi action movie. Well, yeah, I’m interested. The Tomorrow War is arriving on Amazon Prime. So should you rush to binge? The world is stunned when a group of time travelers arrives from the year 2051 to deliver an urgent message. Thirty years in the future, mankind is losing a global war against a deadly alien species. The Tomorrow War Review
The only hope for survival is for soldiers and civilians from the present to be transported to the future and join the fight. Determined to save the world for his young daughter, a former soldier teams up with a brilliant scientist in a desperate quest to rewrite the fate of the planet. So people from our present are required to travel almost thirty years into the future to help fight against an alien threat that is annihilating the world’s population.
And when I saw the trailer, the very first thought that had popped into my mind was why send people to where the invasion is already in the midst? Instead of sending the conscripted not so far into the future to attack at the beginning of the threat. Now, luckily, the story addresses this, and its explanation makes a lot of sense. The Tomorrow War Review
The Tomorrow War movie doesn’t waste too much time setting up the world before diving right into the action. And while this allows for a lot of immediate excitement, it does hamper most of the character development. Some character background is given on Pratt’s character in the first portion of the narrative. But more does eke out over time. The rest of the cast gets minimal development, but the story moves so quickly that I’m not sure it really matters. The pace of the movie The Tomorrow War is quite quick. The whole runtime is just under two and a half hours. And that first hour and some just blows right by. One thing that does affect the pace is that the movie feels like it reaches its climax with about 45 minutes left and then it keeps going. But then it also includes another climactic situation.
The action is pretty intense and is constantly happening. There’s a ton of gunfights and a type of massive chase through really tight quarters. I’ve got to say, this doesn’t skimp too much on the action, keeping the tension at a good intensity level for the majority of the movie. As you watch, you’re going to see visual similarities to movies like Water World, World War Z, and Edge of Tomorrow. And sometimes the similarities are in set design and feel, and the other times it’s in the creature design. The aliens are really intense and very dangerous looking. They’re naturally armored and have some really cool features with an attack ability that does add excitement. The Tomorrow War Review
Now, Pratt is good, but if you’re looking for and Dwyer or Star-Lord, you’re not really going to find many of those characters here. There are some minimal sarcastic remarks and a little bit of mumbled humor. But for the most part, he’s giving a more dramatic performance. Strahovski is decent in this, but at parts, she does feel a little overdramatic. And luckily, her character is pretty intense and has some huge responsibilities, so if she’s a little high on the drama, it does kind of work. Sam Richardson also has a role in this. And while I haven’t been familiar with his roles, I just recently watched him in WerewolvesWithin where he starred in it, and he was just brilliant. The Tomorrow War Review
So seeing him here was a good treat. And there’s also a scene with him where he’s firing a gun and repeating an expletive and about the same rate that he’s shooting. It was a pretty funny sequence because of how unprepared his characters for what he’s experiencing. One additional character who didn’t have a massive role but played an important part is J.K.Simmons.He’s grizzled and tough, but he also has a few moments to shine. Obviously, because this involves aliens, some level of special effects need to be employed. And I thought they looked really convincing. The aliens are appropriately scary and intense. They have a texture that doesn’t look computer-generated. And I’m impressed at the quality of the graphics for their design. The Tomorrow War Review
Now, there were moments where the landscapes were involved with acts of destruction occurring. And at these times, the graphics were a little wonky. These were quick cuts, though. So they’re not on screen for too long. But when they are, they’re noticeable. So for me, I had a lot of fun with this. It’s a great action movie that provides a lot of escape. And surprisingly has a decent premise where the script thinks through several of the potential pitfalls and then answers them. There are quite a few obvious moments in this with scenes that felt like the reveal was supposed to be dramatic, but because we can see it coming, that drama is minimized. The Tomorrow War Review
There is also some conveniences built-in to allow the story to wrap up nicely in different parts. I do think the character development could use a lot more improvement. But what we do get allows us to connect with the main players and even allows for some emotionally impactful moments. The movie as a whole feels a tiny bit long, which is most likely due to having two climactic sequences. But even with the length, it’s still engaging and exciting. I think it’s worth checking out, especially if you’re looking for a fun and action-filled watch. There’s no sex or nudity with a lot of profanity and an absolute ton of violence. I give the tomorrow was three and a half out of five couches.