THE TOMORROW WAR (2021)
In a surprising turn of events, the sci-fi action thriller The Tomorrow War is an adrenaline rush, a modern day Independence Day that absolutely delivers from start to finish.
When humanity is threatened by aliens in the not-so-distant future, time travelers from 2051 come back to the present to transport soldiers and drafted civilians to the future in an effort to win the war. Chris Pratt stars alongside Yvonne Stahovski, J.K. Simmons, Betty Gilpin, and Sam Richardson. Right off the bat I need to make it clear: I loved everything about The Tomorrow War. Chris McKay’s first live-action feature appropriately balances gritty action with well-placed humor, and ultimately has concocted one of the best sci-fi films in years. The acting is absolutely on-point with Stahovski the standout among the strong cast. Richardson, who I recently criticized in another feature, is laugh-out-loud funny, believable, and a guy that you want to root for. Anchored by a strong performance by Pratt, who here perfects the combination of his comedic talents and action prowess, The Tomorrow War fires on all cylinders, aided by a tight, well-structured script from Zach Dean. Dean’s script not only allows you to get lost in the realities of the world portrayed, but infuses heart that charmingly guides Pratt’s character throughout.
The decision to not release this film in theaters is absolutely baffling to me; a July 4th weekend debut on the big screen would have been phenomenal to see. The effects, the camera work, the intensity… all of it would have been even more stunning in theaters. We also are treated to menacing, unique aliens who shoot dart-like dangers and move rather quickly; on top of it all, they look downright cool. The small screen simply doesn’t do them, or the film, justice. All of the aspects of a sci-fi blockbuster are here.
I did not expect this at all, but The Tomorrow War is one of the best films of the year.
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