Why sugarcoat it. THE TOMORROW WAR is a dumb, predictable movie. But why should that mean it isn’t fun? The action and visuals are a hell of a lot better than that garbage MORTAL KOMBAT movie. And it’s actually smarter in comparison to something as equally as ridiculous as F9 (as Paul Walker said in FURIOUS 7, cars don’t fly, Dom).
In fact, here’s a list of movies it’s way better than: MORTAL KOMBAT, F9, FATE OF THE FURIOUS, JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, TOM AND JERRY, most Netflix Action movies (does anyone remember PROJECT POWER or BRIGHT?), and a lot more! And yet, we accept those anyway. Why? Because why not.
Yeah, it’s possible the filmmakers think it’s a lot smarter than they really are. And no, it’s really not. But it’s still a lot of fun! It’s like someone watched A QUIET PLACE, JURASSIC WORLD, INDEPENDENCE DAY, THE THING and ALIENS, and stuck it all in a blender. Why would I complain about that?
The screenplay is bad at times. But credit where credit’s due, for his directorial debut, LEGO BATMAN MOVIE director Chris McKay shows a lot of potential on a visual level. There were shots in this movie that made me go, “hmm. not bad!” And while it sort of wastes talent like Yvonne Strahovski and JK Simmons, Pratt’s charisma is charming as always, and honestly, it’s Sam Richardson who steals every scene he’s in. We literally get at least 2 minutes of him saying “S**t” while firing a gun, and it actually is pretty funny!
Anyway, that’s what kind of movie this is – loud, silly, goofy fun. If there’s room in this world for 200 FAST AND FURIOUS movies, I don’t see why we can’t make a little bit of room for something like THE TOMORROW WAR. Why not, indeed.
THE TOMORROW WAR arrives on Prime Video tomorrow. Turn Prime Video on. Turn your brain off. And enjoy!