The Tomorrow War (2021) Movie Review
The Tomorrow War (2021) Movie Review

Movie title: The Tomorrow War

Movie description: Time travelers arrive from 2051 to deliver an urgent message: 30 years in the future mankind is losing a war against a deadly alien species. The only hope for survival is for soldiers and civilians to be transported to the future and join the fight. Determined to save the world for his daughter, Dan Forester teams up with a brilliant scientist and his estranged father to rewrite the planet’s fate.

Date published: 21/07/2021

Country: USA

Duration: 2h 20min

Author: Zach Dean

Director(s): Chris McKay

Actor(s): Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, JK Simmons, Betty Gilpin, Sam Richardson, Edwin Hodge, ,

Genre: Action, Science Fiction, Adventure

  • Acting
  • Screenplay
  • CGI

Future is in Trouble, Needs Help from the Past!

While FIFA World Cup was happening in 2022, a time portal opens up in the field. A group of future soldiers from 2050. They warned the whole world about an alien invasion in the future. They asked for help from the past as the future of the human species are on the verge of extinction. Dan Forester (Chris Pratt), an ex-military man, was drafted in the future war. He left his family only to discover that this fight is more personal to him than for humanity.

I have heard this quote several times, “Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures,” this movie will remind you of that. Everything happening here is indicating a desperate time, but nobody really cares. All they care about is funding while the human species is at stake.

The Story:

In 2022, a group of people from 2051 came through a time portal warning that the future is doomed. They desperately need help to save it for their children’s sake. They choose the FIFA World Cup match to announce the world aliens are coming. What an entry! I loved this dramatic scene; this is what movies all about.

Chris Pratt has an innocent childish face. It doesn’t go well with all the Sci-Fi actions and seriousness. Maybe Dwayne Johnson would be perfect for this character. But, wait… this movie is not all about Science Fiction or the aliens. This is more personal than you see at the beginning. Chris travels unwillingly to the future to fight the Aliens. There he finds that his baby girl is a colonel, and he is fighting under her command. She died, unfortunately. The war gets more personal for the veteran Dan Forester.

The Tomorrow War is a Borrowed Story Line of Old Alien Warfare Movies

As a science fiction lover, I have many things to hate in this movie. If you are an action lover, you can enjoy the action in this movie, but there are very few elements that I will recall as science. Time travel is mentioned at the very beginning, but it doesn’t maintain any law of science. Just a fantasy. So if you are hoping to see something like “Interstellar,” then stop daydreaming.

Alien constantly invades earth, and somehow we managed to save the day; there is nothing new. What should be new is the concept of invasion and why us? 

If I divide the entire movie into 3 parts, then in the first two, you wouldn’t know where the so-called “Spikes” came from and why they are attacking us.

You might wonder if an advanced civilization came to earth, then why they are fighting like animals with only jaws and claws! Suddenly you can recall the memory of “Alien Vs Predator” movies. Some bullshit Predators brought Aliens on this earth for their hunting game, and we are doomed in the middle.

The same goes here; accidentally, a cargo ship full of these “Spikes” has crash-landed on earth. Long before we have a satellite to observe the planet. They were hidden inside the ice; now, when the ice is melting, they will appear. This is just an old concept in a new cover.

What is new in this movie is the action scenes, how they jump into the future and comes back. CGI is definitely good, but that couldn’t hide the weak plot.

After Interstellar, all movies mentioning time travel will be compared with that; write it down. And, there is some fundamental law of time traveling, like the ground rules, you can’t build a paradox. Tomorrow War seems to ignore everything like that. Dan Forester comes back from the future with the knowledge of saving his life and saving humanity.

This was better as a time loop shown in the “Edge of Tomorrow” – while watching the movie, I also recall this great one by Tom Cruise. At least there was some logic to explain the time traveling.

More of a Family Movie than a Science Fiction

If you drop the logic of the science fiction part, then this is a pure action movie with a family crisis. From the beginning, it is shown that Dan Forester wants to stay with his family, then he is drafted unwillingly to go to the war. In the future, he meets with his daughter, who tells him how the family tore apart in the last 30 years. Dan promises to come back and fix everything in the present. He keeps his promise by killing the Aliens. Well…. it seems like a family movie to me.

Where is all the World’s Government?

When an extinction-level worldwide crisis arises like this, all the gov. of the world and the scientist will join forces; this is what we expect from a movie like this. This concept is the same here, but very few efforts are shown in the film, less science, and more fighting.

When they wanted to prove the alien’s existence, they are denied for the cause of funding. Funny… people are dying, and they want funds. What is the logic in that? Now they have to go all mission impossible to kill the Aliens. Guys, you might love the movie, but this is no-brainier, and it shouldn’t be in the Sci-Fi genre. It is more like a fantasy movie.

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