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  • Writer's pictureShantanu Rastogi

The Tomorrow War

ON: Amazon Prime Video


We've seen a lot of Sci-fi time travel or alien invasion movies to date but not all of them were great. The Tomorrow War isn't any better. Even though I liked the concept of the movie when I saw the trailer, it didn't excite me as much after I watched the movie. The Tomorrow War marks the live-action directorial debut of Chris McKay, who previously directed the fabulous The Lego Batman Movie.



It’s the year 2022. Chris Pratt anchors the movie as Dan Forester, an Iraq War veteran and biology teacher, having a somewhat unfulfilling suburban life with his wife Emmy (Betty Gilpin) and young daughter Muri (Ryan Kiera Armstrong). While watching the FIFA World Cup with his family, they witness a wormhole materialising right in the middle of the field on TV. Several people step out and claim they are from 2051, where humanity is on the verge of extinction due to an alien invasion, and request reinforcements.

The world governments send their soldiers to the future in response and learn that the survival rate is 20 per cent, which leads to compulsory conscription as clearly people would rather not barge right into the middle of an invasion by scary aliens. Forester is drafted and leaves a tearful wife and daughter behind.



The design of aliens is one thing that is really impressive about this movie. They do look like unstoppable killing machines with more tentacles that can be handled by humans. In the beginning, nobody can figure out how to kill these aliens, and by the end, they finally find a way to wipe them out. Towards the end of the movie, you'll get a lot of "Aliens" vibe. I've been a huge fan of the "Alien" franchise and I expected The Tomorrow War to create the same magic with its amazing star cast. Well, I was wrong. A lot of the action and CGI heavy scenes would have looked impressive on the big screen with sound effects, but it was just okay on a TV.



CONCLUSION:

The Tomorrow War is an okay-ish movie. Made-for-TV level visual effects could've been great. Sure, it’s got big and loud action, but nothing to rattle you to your core. It creates a lot of moments where you feel it's going to get better but leaves you with a huge question mark on your face. This movie is simply a hit-or-miss.


TSHC's SCORE: 6/10

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