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The Tomorrow War

Published July 12, 2021

The Tomorrow War

Film info

  • Title The Tomorrow War
  • Director Chris McKay
  • Year 2021
  • Run time 2hrs 18m
  • Genres Action, Science Fiction
  • Tagline The fight for tomorrow begins today

Time travellers 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.

Live blog

TimeComment
2:45“I’m going to punch you in your very unfortunately handsome face.”
6:18“I will do what nobody else is willing to do.” Remember that for the future.
8:47Crashing the World Cup final is genius.
10:12They must have done a lot of convincing to make this a global worldwide effort. The globe won’t even believe climate change.
16:38It’s so crap when they say if you dodge, your family has to take your place. Unfair in the extreme.
27:38A tour of duty of seven days sounds easy. Bet it’s not though.
31:00So far, every question Mr C has, they’ve got an answer for, that’s a good sign.
37:05This is not a good start to a campaign.
38:15What happened to Will Smith?
45:39They’re battling aliens and humans at this point. Typical.
52:52It really feels like this war should be being fought by planes and drones.
59:53Ah, I didn’t see that coming. Should have!
1:12:57Why did she take him at all if he wasn’t supposed to help?
1:16:35Loving the Waterworld they’ve built!
1:19:20Science montage.
1:23:21Stubborn or persistent?
1:27:54“You’re the mission now.”
1:35:44He took the no-man-left-behind thing too far and just jumped in after her.
1:47:30“I need a plane, and a pilot to fly undetected into Russian airspace so I can get a team of soldiers on top of a glacial island in order to find an alien spaceship.” “Well, you know, they say kids never come by unless they need something.”
1:48:24Are they stuck in the past now and are going to create a paradox at some point?

Thoughts

Right, so, I knew this was going to be a bit of action junk food going in - Chris Pratt leading a bit of a twisty time travel action movie fighting a war against aliens so far in the future. At first, it actually went better than I thought it would. Some areas were eye-rolling, but then they would answer every plot twist question we raised and it seemed to make sense.

Initially, after watching it, I thought it had gone okay. Not the best movie ever but entertaining enough.

Then, oh dear. The internet pointed out that it suffered from the Indiana Jones problem. They blew up all the aliens at the end with a bomb, they could have just done that, forget the rest of the movie. And now I can’t stop thinking about that fact and how wasteful the rest of it seems.

Rating: 1 / 5

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