If you aren’t a sci-fi movie, aliens and wormholes kind of person, then right off the bat; this movie isn’t for you. But if you are a Chris Pratt kind of person and want to see what more Owen and Star Lord can do when not running away from dinosaurs and Thanos then this movie is good as a one-time watch for sure!
Based in 2022, Pratt plays an ex-soldier turned science teacher in America who is looking for a way to get his hands on a proper lab and strut his stuff instead of teaching zombie (not actual ones, this is a sci-fi movie and not a monster one) middle schoolers about photosynthesis. His life is all about his therapist wife, played by Betty Gilpin, and his 9 year old, science enthusiast daughter- Muri.
The movie doesn’t beat about the bush because a few minutes into it comes in all the drama- soldiers from the future drop down in the middle of a soccer game being telecast for the whole world to see and announce that they’re from the future-2051 to be exact and announce that humanity is under threat and quickly losing the war to alien invaders called the “Whitespikes“. The travel back in time to warn everyone, make conscription mandatory, recruit more people to help fight off the aliens and give the armies a proper fighting chance.
The rest of the movie is all about whether they do get to save the world and what they end up learning about themselves in the process. But while the special effects aren’t out of this world (‘cuse the pun), the banter and emotions playing out here are different from the usual Hollywood fare comprising of Independence Day and its ilk. The movie is well-made and Chris Pratt rises to the occasion without going all Schwarzenegger (his FIL btw) on some alien’s intergalactic butt!
What seemed interesting to me is that Hollywood’s idea of what an invasive species from across the universe hasn’t undergone too many chances in the recent past. While we had H.G Wells starting the trend with War of the worlds, Ridley Scott’s Alien and John McTiernan’s Predator took it up a notch by making Hollywood and the rest of the world comfortable with ruthless aliens relentessly hunting down humans for food or to just exterminate them for world domination. So if there are aliens, expect crude bodies which are designed to scale walls, swims, take huge leaps and in this case, throw spikes. The gaping maws, sharp teeth and tentacles remain the same!
So watch The Tomorrow War for another churning out of a familiar Hollywood script but with better acting, a slightly different alien and pretty decent acting all around. I give it one thumbs up as a rainy Friday evening watch.