The Tomorrow War: an effective blockbuster but agreed with Chris Pratt [critique]

The sci-fi film was released this Friday on Amazon Prime Video.

Dan (Chris Pratt), a former soldier who became a science teacher has just missed a great career opportunity. But soon he will have another problem to deal with: soldiers from the future burst in to warn the world that humanity is about to disappear in a war with aliens. Soldiers, and soon civilians are sent 30 years later to try to reverse the trend. Those chosen go to the front for seven days and return to the present if luckily they are still alive. Which is not won given the demonic ferocity of these half-Alien, half-Demogorgon creatures who tear humans to pieces. That’s what Pratt will find out when his turn comes. And with the help of a scientist, he will try to save the world, as he promised his daughter before leaving.

Tomorrrow is far away

Directed by Chris McKay (Lego Batman, The Movie), The Tomorrow War imposes itself as a fast-paced and efficient SF action film, if not very original. Impossible not to think about Independence Day, Starship trooper or War of the Worlds facing this well-oiled alien invasion which multiplies the agreed scenes. A lack of risk taking that reminds us that this feature film was initially a blockbuster cinema produced by Paramount that Amazon Prime Video offered for $ 200 million.

The Tomorrow War
Amazon Studios

If the result is a little lukewarm, you can not sulk your pleasure. First of all because everyone is in their place in the casting: Chris Pratt, always ready to play the heroes with conviction, the impeccable Yvonne Strahovski, JK Simmons, perfect as a muscular grandpa, or Sam Richardson (Veep) which brings a little touch of humor and lightness very appreciable in the middle of this butcher’s shop. The action sequences are also a good point, especially thanks to the very successful design of the creatures. And the scenario, despite the aforementioned airs of déjà vu, has the merit of holding the road and delivering its twists with modesty.

In terms of cinema proposal, we are indeed unsatisfied. No plan will fit into the pantheon of the genre. The message of the film will not haunt us on our sleepless nights. And no one will start a petition to claim a sequel or a director’s cut. The Tomorrow War clearly plays in the category of the sci-fi blockbuster family trend, a pure object of entertainment that does not take itself for anything else and serves its purpose rather well.

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