The Tomorrow War (2021) Film Review

Certificate: 12

Director: Chris McKay

Writer: Zach Dean

Starring: Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, J.K. Simmons

Genre: Adventure, Sci Fi

Runtime: 140 Minutes

Language: English

RATING: 3 Stars

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The world is stunned when a group of time travelers arrive 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 only hope for survival is for soldiers and civilians from the present to be transported to the future and join the fight. Among those recruited is high school teacher and family man Dan Forester (Chris Pratt). Determined to save the world for his young daughter, Dan teams up with a brilliant scientist (Yvonne Strahovski) and his estranged father (J.K. Simmons) in a desperate quest to rewrite the fate of the planet. – From IMDB

Cheesy Sci-Fi fun. That is the easiest way I can think of to describe this film. It is a huge shame that they decided that this should be released on Streaming rather than on the big screen. I would have had a ton of fun watching this on the big screen. Cool combat scenes, great CGI aliens, explosions, all this would have paid dividends in a cinema. Instead I watched it at home, which didn’t make me enjoy the film LESS. But I think I would have enjoyed it MORE in a theatre.

It takes it’s time, a good forty minutes or so at the beginning to set the scene and explain the science, the alien threat and rules of time travel that we are going to have to be familiar with. There is a lot of exposition, so you kind of just have to roll with it until we get to the actual ‘war in the future’ part. From there things are pretty much action packed non stop. Until we try to add a little emotional development into the story. These scenes, though necessary to develop characters, really slow down the pace when they are done as frequently as they are, and last as long as they do. They really are what gives the movie it’s slightly overinflated runtime. I had a blast with the alien ass kicking sections though, and the final act is as nail biting as it gets.

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But with all that exposition, it does mean we get a really great Sci-Fi world, that is well flashed out and that makes logical and scientific sense in the long-run.

This is not a career best performance for Chris Pratt either. Something about his performance here felt a little phoned in. It isn’t the leading man energy that we see from him in films like Guardians, or Jurassic World. He has his moments, but the comedy falls a little flat, and the action sequences don’t land a solid impact either.

Still a great watch though for that action packed summer blockbuster feeling that we are all in need of right now.

‘The Tomorrow War’ is available now on Amazon Prime Video.

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