Updated: Jul 7
Film: The Tomorrow War
Starring: Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, J.K. Simmons, Betty Gilpin, Sam Richardson, Jasmine Mathews, Edwin Hodge, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Mary Lynn Rajskub
Director: Chris Mckay
Review: Klep Napier
Rating: 3.5X’s out of 5X’s
Just when you thought you’d seen it all when it came to alien invasions and time travel movies, then comes a sci-fi time traveling, alien invasion film with enough originality, action and surprises to keep you engaged for 2 hours and 20 minutes.
Folks we’re talking about none other than Amazon Studios (The Tomorrow War). Directed by Chris McKay [The Lego Movie]. Yes, we know, the man who helmed the Lego Movie? Yes him. The Tomorrow War follows Dan forester [Chris Pratt], a man who has been drafted into a futuristic war that is only a few years from beginning. But with demons of his own to battle, Dan must confront his past along with carrying the fate of the world on his shoulders.
The Tomorrow War manages to give you everything you need within the first 30 minutes, the who, the what and the why should I care come with no hesitation. Right out the gate you’re blasted with emotional stakes which make Pratt’s Journey even more anticipating. The film allows the audience to jump into the shoes of its characters. Confusion and anxiety is felt through the screen almost immediately once the core storyline kicks in.
The side characters do little work but remain memorable without taking a back seat to Pratt’s heroic journey. Edwin Hodge and Sam Richardson play two men from different sides of the spectrum. Hodge seasoned in the world of war while Richardson plays more cowardly and relatable to the average joe. And it doesn’t stop there. The MVP of the film would have to go to young starlet Ryan Kiera Armstrong who plays Pratt’s Daughter Muri it is through the relationship of Dan and Muri we care for everyone and everything at stake.
The story is executed well with very little issues with CGI. I’m certain that if given a bigger rollout say in a theatrical release, this film would have hit even harder at the box office. My only gripe with this film is that it didn’t receive a theatrical release. And what a shame that is for the average moviegoer.
Overall in the vein of Starship Troopers, Pitch Black meets Back To The Future, The Tomorrow War is an under the radar blockbuster made for the home, but meant for the silver screen. Chris Pratt continues to show that he is a true leading man in action and should continue in that route. We recommend a night in watch of this one