The Tomorrow War
The Tomorrow War (2021) movie review
The Tomorrow War stars Chris Pratt as a man who ends up being drafted to fight a war taking place thirty years in the future. The film was written by Deadfall (2012) writer Zach Dean and directed by Lego Batman (2017) director Chris McKay. Tomorrow War premiered on Prime Video this past weekend to a mixed reception, with moderate rating from audiences, but fairly low reviews from critics.
Did you ever wake up one day and ask yourself, “What is Interstellar (2014) were just really really dumb?” Well if that’s you, your wish has been granted! The Tomorrow War- (literally almost called this movie Edge of Tomorrow just now.) Anyway The Tomorrow War is a sloppy amalgamation of other sci-fi films all tossed together to create a final product that is as unfocused as it is forgettable. Wandering how you should spend two and a half hours this weekend? Let me tell you how not to…
First thing that stood out to me: Why would you cast Chris Pratt and give him so little to do? Protagonist Dan Forester is a dull, forgettable character who often resorts to standing around waiting for characters who know what they are doing to actually help move the plot forward. Granted that’s his role in the Jurassic World (2015-the end of time) series too… But still, we meet a not-so-McConaughey who is living with his family on a world that they don’t know is dying when hope from the future beckons and he has to leave his very sad daughter to go save the future. Except when he gets there, the plot devolves into a generic action film lacking any of the excitement that both the writing and Tom Cruise brought to Edge of Tomorrow (2014). THEN the plot changes and the heavy lifting is passed off to a supporting character for a good chunk before big, loud explosions happen and we take a film that once had potential and end it with Chris Pratt v Alien in a knife fight. Because we cast Chris Pratt.
Speaking of silly, time travel is broken. I would love to go into it, but this film doesn’t deserve my in-depth look at time travel since there are no rules established whatsoever and anything can happen because movie! Whatever, Looper (2012) makes more sense than this. What I will talk about is how silly the future is. Okay so we are the future, and aliens are attacking us. Do we invest in better technology to fight them? Vehicles tougher than cars or guns that can penetrate the tough armor of the whatever they are called? No? Time travel. Oh, okay. Yeah let’s go back in time and throw untrained civilians at the aliens in the future. That’ll slow them down… And guess that? That’s like the entire plan! The future people are the dumbest group of soldiers brought to film since Starship Troopers (1997). And that’s satire!!
At least it’s entertaining, right? Oh yeah! Lots of PEW PEW and BOOM BOOMS! Pretty sky beams, a big generic score, and (genuinely) cool aliens and- ugh just rewatch Pacific Rim (2013) or something. Seriously, there’s nothing original or even smart in this film. There’s too much confusing character drama to be exciting, but too much bland action for it to be compelling. And I’m not saying that I could make better choices if I were in the film, but there are some BAFFLINGLY bad calls in this stupid movie. Look just don’t waste your time. 4/10.
So The Edge of Tomorrow War? Did you watch it yet? What did you think? And what film breaks time travel the most for you? Be sure to leave a like or a comment below and let us know! And if you liked this review and you want to read more like it, we just reviewed a few more big, dumb movies you can check out! (The reviews, not the movies.) Or let us know below what we should talk about next!
-review by Ryan Prince