The Tomorrow War is a sci-fi thriller movie that debuts on Amazon Prime Video this week. It takes place after a group of time travelling soldiers visit Earth in December 2022 with an urgent message – thirty years later humanity is losing a war against a dangerous alien species. Their only hope is soldiers and civilians from the 2022, who will travel to the future and join the fight to save mankind. Among those recruited for the mission is Dan Forrester, ex-military veteran and high school teacher, who is determined to save the world for his daughter, Murie. He teams up with a scientist and his estranged father to rewrite the fate of the planet. Should you watch The Tomorrow War on the Amazon Prime Video release date of June 2? Here’s what you need to know.
The Tomorrow War stars Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, J.K. Simmons, Betty Gilpin, Sam Richardson, Edwin Hodge, Jasmine Mathews, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, and Keith Powers. The movie is directed by Chris McKay and written by Zach Dean. Pratt also serves as executive producer alongside Rob Cowan, Brian Oliver, and Bradley J. Fischer.
Time Travelling and Shooting Aliens
The Tomorrow War has pretty good premise for a sci-fi action movie. The concept of travelling through time to kill aliens sounds badass and it is well executed in the movie. Building on the premise, The Tomorrow War does an excellent job at showing how the world would react to a future alien threat. The present world instantly goes into overkill mode and announces a worldwide draft to send troops to kill the alien species named White Spikes. As a response, many people across the globe protest against their governments and their act of forcefully sending people to the future. People who managed to come back alive have to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder after what they saw in the future as well as post-traumatic stress disorder.
The action scenes in The Tomorrow War are good enough, they aren’t really the best or the worst. The writing and dialogues could have been better as several interactions between the characters feel unnatural and forced. Along with these, it feels many parts of the story of The Tomorrow War are explained only through exposition.
Dan and Murie’s Story
The Tomorrow War focuses heavily on the father-daughter relationship between Dan and Murie. The pair has a complex relationship and their mission to save the human race helps them bond. This reminds me of Zack Snyder’s latest movie, Army of the Dead, where a pulling off a dangerous heist in zombie-infested Las Vegas is just a deadly father-daughter trip. As The Tomorrow War mostly focuses on Dan and Murie, other characters in the movie seem kind of insignificant.
Time Travel Can Be Complicated
The time travel stuff in The Tomorrow War can seem a bit complex. The movie tries to explain some of the rules of its own version of time travel in the beginning. As the narrative unfolds, the time travel and sci-fi elements seem to become too complicated. The time travel and sci-fi concepts in The Tomorrow War are not as convoluted as the ones in Christopher Nolan’s movies, but they seem to be explained poorly in The Tomorrow War. The clunky explanation of time travel in the movie makes it feel like ending has created a paradox, when it actually hasn’t. If it was explained a bit better before the climax sequence begins, the time travel aspects would have been much clearer. Viewers who are new to sci-fi and time travel may find this difficult to understand.
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A great movie with time travel builds the entire narrative and its universe around time itself, which isn’t really done in The Tomorrow War. Avengers: Endgame also focused heavily on time travel, but didn’t really feel confusing as the movie explained its time heist in various ways. Instead, The Tomorrow War is more focused on capturing the relationship between Dan and Murie, which takes away some of the focus from time travel.
The Tomorrow War has an interesting concept that should have led to a fantastic movie. Apart from some action scenes with aliens, the movie mostly feels lacklustre. The Tomorrow War could have been a much better movie if it had better writing and less exposition.
The Tomorrow War debuts on Amazon Prime Video on July 2.