The Tomorrow War
Run Time: 2 hour 20 minutes
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In December of 2022 the whole world is shocked as soldiers from 2051 traveled back in time to recruit people from the past to save the future. At first, they tried sending soldiers from 2022 but after few returned they begun a worldwide draft recruiting civilians to fight in this war. Dan Forester is a former soldier turned science teacher who is drafted and has no choice if he doesn’t want his wife drafted in his place. With his goal of returning to his wife and daughter, Dan is plunged headfirst into this war to save the future for all humankind.
Our protagonist for this movie is Daniel Forester, ex-military turned high school science teacher. A caring family man after a traumatic event, Dan puts his all into protecting his daughter Muri. When he travels to the future, he befriends Charlie, a researcher, and Dorian, a man who has undergone many tours in the future.
The Tomorrow War is an action-packed, alien movie with some awesome characters. Some of them don’t last very long, but they provide some solid comedic moments. The Tomorrow War is jam-packed with stories and events, and I love the quick pacing it has. It keeps things flowing in that forward direction, and tries to tackle time travel at the same time. Neither of those things is easy to do, and The Tomorrow War captures them perfectly. The plot itself is super interesting, aliens in the future are going to wipe out humanity if the present doesn’t help them, but the fact that time travel makes sense follows logic, and doesn’t seem to have a ton of loopholes was my favourite part. It’s explained quickly and simply so that it doesn’t feel cheap or overly complicated. They leave specifics about the time travel up in the air, and things get more developed as the movie goes on. This lets us continue down the path of the plot, at a blazing speed.
With the way this movie is formated, we run through characters with deaths and changing locations, but I still thought they were really good. We don’t get a ton of backstory or development for our secondary characters, which is unfortunate, but they are decent static characters. They added little comedic moments, or filled in certain action scenes that make for a more entertaining movie.
I really enjoyed this movie, but holy cow were the aliens overpowered. Typically the big bad aliens are missing a sense or have an inherent weakness. No such thing exists. These things can eat you, see you, hear you, smell you, and shoot spikes at you. It makes for an intense battle between little humans and big aliens. Did I mention there are like thousands of these things? Yea it’s entertaining.
All in all, Chris Pratt was awesome, the rest of the cast was pretty darn entertaining, and the movie moved along pretty fast. It’s a super fun movie to watch, and if you are looking for an end of the world type of movie, The Tomorrow War is the way to go.
Favourite Moment (Spoilers):
The Tomorrow War was a fun movie to watch. It featured an interesting plot with a solid time travel foundation, fun characters with some surprisingly deep moments, and some great action. As a popcorn movie, it was fun to turn off my brain to enjoy the action, but the way some of the science aspects were handled allowed me to think as well.
Of all the aspects in the movie, I don’t think there was anything that I disliked. By that same token, this movie didn’t do anything spectacularly either. This is more of a comment than a critique, but the pacing of the movie is kind of odd. This is slight spoilers, so please bear that in mind, but after Dan’s time in the future, this movie had the ability to be split into two. Now, I did enjoy that they put both together. It created a satisfying ending, and it wraps up most of the loose ends this way.
Anyways, the first thing I want to bring up was that this movie’s version of time travel was pretty smart. Drafting soldiers who were destined to die and to have younger soldiers come into the present was a smart way to prevent paradoxes. It also answered some of the questions about traveling to different times as well. Of some of the time travel shenanigans I have seen, this one did well. I also enjoyed the characters. They all felt unique, and I loved their dynamic with each other. All of them were given their moments and they all had an opportunity to shine. Plot wise, I also enjoyed what this movie had to offer. Traveling to the future to fight in a war for the extinction of a species was fun to watch. I also like that the alpha predator in the Whitespikes was pretty dominant. It really felt like the end of the world.
Overall, this was a fun movie to watch. With fun characters, some comedic moments, logical time travel, and even some fun fights, this movie checks off most of my boxes. If you’re into shooting movies with a hint of time travel, this is right up your alley then.
Favourite Moment (Spoilers):
My favourite moment was humanity’s last stand in the future. The way that battle was shot with all the explosions and the last-ditch efforts was intense and suspenseful. It also showed a bunch of gunfights with an overpowered alien, which is always fun to enjoy.
This is exactly the movie I hoped for when I saw the trailer. The action and story are fun and really cool and while it doesn’t always make perfect sense I still quite enjoyed it. To start with the idea itself is quite interesting with soldiers from the future recruiting people from the past to save the world. Time travel stories can either be really well done or confusing and for the most part, I would say that this film had an easy-to-understand concept that is explained well enough throughout the story. The other really good aspect of the film is the characters like Dan (played by Chris Pratt) who is reluctantly thrown back into a military situation when he really just wants to pursue his dreams of being a scientific researcher. The comedic relief, Charlie is the scaredy-cat who is smart but has to learn how to fight and the comedy he provides is quite funny and used well throughout. The action scenes are awesome and each feels unique and well-spaced out enough so it’s not too overwhelming. This movie has a lot in it and for the most part, it is justified, with lots of explaining to do and a lot of stories that needed to be told to feel like the film was worth it. If I had any issue with the film it would be that the third act felt rushed and it felt like there should have been more time to explain things as some of it felt convenient.
All in all, this is a fun and action-packed movie with cool characters that I’m glad I watched and would definitely watch again. So, hop on Prime Video and see what you think!
Favourite Moment (Spoilers):
I loved when they first jumped into the future and fell from the sky. It was a cool opening and when they returned to it I like how disorienting and chaotic it felt. The intensity and fear for the characters were real.