Friday, July 2, 2021

The Tomorrow War - Movie Review

The Movie: The Tomorrow War

The Director: Chris McKay

The Cast: Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, J.K. Simmons, Betty Gilpin, Sam Richardson, Edwin Hodge, Jasmine Mathews, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Keith Powers

The Story: Thirty years in the future mankind is losing a global war against a deadly alien species. The only hope for survival is for soldiers and civilians from the present to be transported to the future and join the fight.

The Review:
Science Fiction, let's go! This has been my favorite genre going back to the original Star Wars, one of the first movies I remember watching as a kid and my all time favorite movie, so any time I see there is going to be aliens or time travel or space ships or all of it thrown together, I'm going to be excited. You ever watch a movie at home and you're like dang, I wish I would have watched this in a theater? This movie is exactly that except we were never given a chance to watch it in a theater because Amazon snatched it up and threw it right on to their streaming service.

I don't care how fancy your home theater is or how big your TV is or what your secret popcorn seasoning is, none of it is the same as being in a movie theater with the gigantic screen, full surround sound speaker system, and giant bucket of popcorn drenched in buttery topping. You can't replace that experience and we really should have been given a chance to have that with this movie. It is big, it is bold, and it is full on summer blockbuster sized in scope and scale and it's a heck of a lot of fun.

I will say the story is a bit derivative with elements of Battle: Los Angeles, Starship Troopers, and Aliens with a touch of Michael Bay thrown in for good measure. There isn't anything groundbreaking or super innovative about the story and it is fairly predictable but none of that really matters as it accomplishes what it sets out to do and that is to entertain. The action is faced paced, the aliens are legit scary, and Chris Pratt tones down the sarcastic wit we normally see from him and he delivers a more straightforward hero type character complete with sappy hero speeches thrown in for good measure.

Along with all of the explosions and shooting and chasing, there is a pretty solid story about family involving Pratt's character, his daughter, played by Ryan Kiera Armstrong, and his father who is played by J.K. Simmons. Along for the rise is Sam Richardson who is great in the comic relief role and Edwin Hodge as a veteran of the crazy time travel war that is taking place between the humans and the aliens. Speaking of thee aliens, I would say they are actually a scarier version of the xenomorphs from the Alien franchise and there is even a queen just like in those movies so you know there's going to be the inevitable boss battle.

The Verdict:
The Tomorrow War is the biggest blockbuster that you won't be able to see in theaters. Come on Amazon, let's get some of these movies into the theaters before you unleash them to the world on your streaming platform. It's the right thing to do.

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