Tomorrow War review: “A cocktail of influences mixed in the successful blender”
A time travel / alien invasion sci-fi hybrid, The Tomorrow War begins with a bang. After a chaotic flash forward, we come back to the present. Before the nation’s eyes, an American football game is interrupted by young soldiers materializing on the field, announcing “We are you, 30 years in the future”. In 11 months, humanity will be wiped out by wild aliens. With military forces desperately short, future humans created a portal by 2051 to enlist the public. Uncle Sam really wants you …
One of those recruits is teacher, family man and thick brown cardigan wearer Dan Forester (Chris Pratt). “You are harsh ?” laughs his wife Emmy (Betty Gilpin) “The man who cries through every cold!” Truth be told, with past military experience, he is handy in combat and is soon propelled into the future to complete his seven-day tour of duty – battling horrific aliens in Miami Beach, alongside the not-so-so. handyman Charlie (Sam Richardson) and veteran cynical Dorian (Edwin Hodge).
The idea of suburban dads and soccer moms taking up arms to fight a race of alien creatures is one of the tastiest notions in Chris McKay’s film, though Zach Dean’s storyline too often seems too familiar to you. anyone who even has a fleeting knowledge of Hollywood science. Fi. With a sprinkle of Starship Troopers, a sprinkle of Aliens and The Thing, and a whole bunch of Edge Of Tomorrow, it’s a cocktail of influences mixed in the hit blender.
There’s no problem here with aliens: CG critters (nicknamed “white tips”) are terrifying. But while the narrative offers some neat timey-wimey tips, it’s also loaded with a worthy subplot centered around JK Simmons (as Forester’s estranged father) and The Handmaid’s Tale star Yvonne Strahovski as Col. of the future leading the charge against the relentless Pointes.
There is a lack of real emotional weight, not helped by some awkward dialogue (lines like “we literally live on borrowed time”). But what the film really lacks, amidst several jaw-dropping alien attack sets, is humor. Which is a bit surprising given the involvement of Pratt and McKay (best known for The Lego Batman Movie). Despite exciting special effects, you find yourself wishing for a better future.
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