The Tomorrow War starring Chris Pratt, Betty Gilpin, J.K. Simmons, Yvonne Strahovski and Ryan Kiera Armstrong is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Written by Zach Dean, the military science fiction action film is directed by Chris McKay. The duration of the film is 138 minutes.
Amazon Prime Video describes the plot of The Tomorrow War as, “Time travelers arrive from 2051 to deliver an urgent message: 30 years in the future manking is losing a war against a deadly alien species. The only hope for survival is for soldiers and civilians to be transported to the future and join the fight. Determined to save the world for his daughter, Dan Forester teams up with a brilliant scientist and his estranged father to rewrite the planet.”
The Tomorrow War Review: In-depth analysis
Dan Forester (played by Chris Pratt) has a loving wife, Emmy (Betty Gilpin), and a 7/8-year-old daughter Muri (Ryan Kiera Armstrong). Dan is a retired military officer and a science scholar trying to find a suitable job in the civilian world. It’s the Christmas party of the year 2022, the Foresters and their guests are enjoying a match on TV. Suddenly, on the field, a strong energy field is formed, and 20-30 people from the future make their way out of it.
These people from the year 2051 inform the people of 2022 that the alien species known as Whitespikes have attacked the Earth in the future. People from the future are dying rapidly, and the only hope they have is people from the past coming and fighting off these deadly threats. Dan Forester is watching this news on TV and decides to join the force that travels to the future to fight the Whitespikes. His purpose of taking up the mission is to do something for the world and save the future for his daughter.
So far, The Tomorrow War’s plot sounds appealing. When Dan and several others travel to 2051 to fight the Whitespikes, you are invested in the story. But an emotional angle later on between Dan and grown-up daughter Muri doesn’t blend well with the plot. Just when we start enjoying the action scenes and how Chris Pratt and others are saving the Earth from aliens, the father-daughter angle makes its way and ruins the story.
It’s hilarious how Chris Pratt’s Star Lord’s uncontrolled rage caused the Avengers: Infinity War tragedy, and Thanos won. In Chris McKay’s film, Pratt is focused and wants to make it right with every opportunity he gets. It’s like Star-Lord getting redemption in this military action film. These Whitespikes look like if the Demogorgon and the monsters from A Quiet Place had a child together. So how will Dan Forester and others save the future? How many present lives will it cost? What happens when Dan meets his daughter in the future, and will he survive the fight? You’ll find the answers in the movie.
The Tomorrow War cast consists of many people, but let’s talk about the main ones. Chris Pratt brings a calm and sometimes chaotic side to Dan Forester. I’ll love him as Star-Lord more, but here too, he’s done some spectacular action scenes. J.K. Simmons play his estranged father, who’s good. But the actor has done better than this. Betty Gilpin and Yvonne Strahovski play their part well too.
The Tomorrow War Review: Is it worth watching?
Overall, the Amazon Prime original film is an okay watch. The first half is power-packed. After 40 minutes, the screenplay is all over the place. It seems like the writer has mixed two different scripts of the same plot.
The Tomorrow War is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.