5-sentence review of ‘The Tomorrow War’


“The Tomorrow War” watches like a Twitch feed of the latest video game where disposable soldiers fight a big, mean monster with lots of teeth that explodes yellow slime when riddled with enough bullets.


The film, which streams on Amazon Prime, feels like the secret lovechild of “Independence Day” (1996) and “Edge of Tomorrow” (2014), with the charm and intelligence of “Armageddon” (1998).


This all to say that despite the presence of the very talented Chris Pratt and Yvonne Strahovski, there’s nothing in this aliens wiping out humanity in the future story that we haven’t seen before, probably better done and with a better soundtrack.


The movie tries to include little public service announcements about governments of the world being useless, especially the United Nations, and science is important — so important that a critical plot point is unveiled by a middle school student who is into volcanoes the way most kids his age are into video games and because there probably were no real volcanologists available for consultation.


If you find yourself watching “Tomorrow War” and fast-forwarding to the violent parts that end with the aliens exploding with a juicy splat, you won’t miss anything important.

Daniel P. Finney writes columns for ParagraphStacker.com, a free, reader-supported website. Please consider donating to help me cover personal expenses as I continue writing while I pursue my master’s degree and teacher certification.
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