By Dave B.
Soldiers from 30 years in the future travel back in time and deliver a dire warning: aliens have arrived and humankind is on the verge of extinction. They need people from our time to travel to the future and help fight the nearly unstoppable scourge. Dan Forester (Chris Pratt), a former special forces operative and current disillusioned science teacher, is one of the many civilians drafted and sent to the future battlefield. While there, he learns that there is only one way to defeat the enemy: to stop them before their onslaught begins.
I may as well start with what worked in The Tomorrow War. Unfortunately, that isn’t a lot. The big battle sequences are visually impressive. The acting is decent enough not to be worthy of extreme criticism (although Pratt’s performance felt surprisingly unenergetic throughout). And the overall plot is moderately interesting. In an of itself, The Tomorrow War could have nearly been a good movie. But it has some issues that really bugged the hell out of me.
For starters, the movie is at least 30 minutes too long. Because of that, the action sequences feel too few and far between. I’m not saying that The Tomorrow War is boring. But it’s pacing feels off and I couldn’t maintain full attention to it all the way through. A bigger and more fundamental issue is that I still dislike most time travel movies and televisions shows because the ones that are not sufficiently thought out tend to gloss over glaring contradictions and paradoxes. The Tomorrow War is particularly and spectacularly egregious in this regard and that had me silently fuming for nearly the entire film.
If you’re looking for some relatively harmless (and mostly mindless) fun, The Tomorrow War could be a decent diversion, if you don’t think about it too much. However, if you’re like me and prefer that your time travel continuity actually makes sense (or at least have it clear that some thought and effort went into it), then this movie is not worth your time. I certainly can’t recommend The Tomorrow War. It’s only reaffirmed for me that it takes true talent and care to craft a good time travel tale. If time travel done right is something that you’re interested in, I still recommend Hulu’s “Future Man”. It’s stuck with me for years, unlike The Tomorrow War, which I intend to forget immediately.
Service: Amazon Prime
Runtime: 140 Minutes
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