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Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Is The Tomorrow War Worth Your Time?


Amazon Prime released on July 2nd a film that may appear to be formulaic film fodder, but is it?  Is it really?  Regardless of whether it is or not, was it worth your time to sit down and enjoy?  Let's discuss that in this SPOILER FREE review.

Chris Pratt as the lead Dan Forester, a family man seeking a purpose in his life.  His dream is to land his dream job as a scientist.  His dreams are shot down when he discovers that he was overlooked due to not having enough experience in the field he sought after.  Upon hearing of the news, the soccer game on the television over the holiday season is interrupted thanks to time traveling soldiers from our very near future.  A future where we are losing a battle against an alien race that threatens to wipe out ALL life on Earth.  He meets a scientist played by Yvonne Strahovski who seeks to create a toxin to kill them all in a swift blow.

At this point, let me just say that is a pretty solid explanation of the premise to this film without giving away any spoilery details.  Many of which you have probably already read up on thanks to friends and family on social media that may have already spoiled it for you.  How I missed out on the spoilers?  Lucky I guess.  So, I won't do that to you.  So with that, this is your spoiler free review.

Overall, this most assuredly falls in line as a proper "popcorn summer flick".  No bones about it.  It doesn't require one to think to heavily about the events in the film.  It doesn't even require you to understand any of the in movie science stuff.  The film actually gives you a chance to get a palatable injection of dialog that helps explain away the rules for the time travel in this film.  With the time travel aspect, I dare say it functions well, and they do not deviate from the rules they establish for themselves in the film.  That is quite refreshing due to how many films that have used time travel of a MacGuffin over the years that failed to stick to their own rules.  Even the fairly water tight MCU deviated a tad bit with their rules regarding time travel in Endgame.

The titular alien monsters of the film follow a simple trope of being vicious, blood thirsty colony of beasts.  No attempt to really explain their purpose with conjecture from the heroes.  The only thing that matters is their hunger, and their viciousness...and their sheer numbers.

The film does follow the typical tropes, but that doesn't really matter.  What matters is the method at which it was all executed.  Everything is laid out so you have an idea of how things are, and will play out.  Only real problem with this is that you can pretty easily decipher on who is going to live and die by the end of the films runtime.  Nothing really all that surprising, to be honest.

Something refreshing about this film is that outside of a couple low level swear words, you don't hear f-bombs, or similar dropped in the film.  You hear s**t, damn, hell, and similar words, but that is the most of it.  You will also find a topical global warming aspect in the film thrown at the audience.  Not really surprising considering using topical political issues of the real world as in film explanations for chain of events has always been used through out the age of cinema in some form or another.  Especially sci-fi/horror/end of days type films.

The acting is solid and well executed, if not by the numbers.  Chris Pratt plays a character similar to his roles from Jurassic World, and event Guardians of the Galaxy.  However, it still manages to be refreshing enough since Pratt comes off more as an "every man's man" character, rather than a cliché.  Sadly though, good luck remembering the character names for all of the remainder of the cast.  The focus is limited so much on Chris Pratt and Yvonne Strahovski that you end up thinking that much of the budget for the film was spent on them.  That and the alien monsters.

Oh those alien monsters.  The overall visuals of these beasts feels like they could have actually existed.  They way the move is grounded.  They feel like they have weight to them.  They aren't floaty, or disconnected from the physical world.  The fact that their skin looks realistic enough that you really get a sense of how dangerous they are, which can get a bit unnerving.  Unnerving in the right way, as a film like this should be.  The gory bits of the film also don't seem to feel all that gory.  The use of bloody effects is used in a way that feels more impactful.  Blood and guts feel like they are used in a way to depict a realistic manner of gore rather than gore for the sake of gore.

In the end, the film was fun and engaging.  It never felt like it slowed down.  It maintained a pace that wasn't overwhelming either.  I dare was balanced fairly well.  The visuals never left you feeling disconnected from the world being created.  The acting never felt jarring, or out of place.

In the end, "The Tomorrow War" is worth your time.  Go and give this film a watch.  Enjoy it for what it is, a fun action sci-fi romp that doesn't require you to think to much about where the film is taking you.

3.5 out of 5 stars

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