We already knew when Chris Pratt was comedically kicking butt and taking names in Guradians of the Galaxy that it would only be a matter of time before watching him headline an action flick. Well, that day has arrived.
During a televised soccer game, time-traveling soldiers from the year 2051 appear on the field with an urgent message for the planet: Thirty years from now informing that mankind will lose a global war against a terrifying alien species unless thousands of citizens from the present are transported forward in time to join the fight. Reluctantly drafted is Dan Forester (Chris Pratt),a high school science teacher and Dad who’s forced to leave his wife Emmy (Betty Gilpin), their young daughter Muri (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) and his estranged father James (J.K. Simmons) behind.
Dan and fellow draftees Charlie (Sam Richardson), Dorian (Edwin Hodge), Norah (Mary Lynn Rajskub) and Cowan (Mike Mitchell) are sent to a post-apocalyptic Miami Beach on a search-and-rescue mission to battle “white spikes.” However, with the help of a brilliant military scientist code-named Romeo Command (Yvonne Strahovski), Dan and his comrades continue a fight to the finish to save mankind leaving audiences wondering who will survive or thrive.
First, let me note there are numorous soldiers of color who are principals in this film who don’t die in the first ten minutes of the film. For me, that was worth the price of admission. Thanks you so very much director Chris McKay and Screenwriter Zach Dean for that! Let me also note that the visual effects are really cool from James E. Price giving audiences a thrill ride a minute.
Chris Pratt is a bonafide movie star with that ‘it’ factor that most actors would kill for. His natural wit mixed with an acerbic sensibility always makes watching him inhabit any role a sheer pleasure. Yvonne Strahovski, like Pratt, is just stellar at any role – in any genre. Love her!!! At the end of the day, The Tomorrow War is an unexpectedly deep film about a small group of people fighting for survival in order for future generations of families to thrive – including their own. Are there some moments that lag a little? Of course, every action-adventure film has them. But, the moments that land and are swift and fire!!! It’s loud and fast fun that action junkies will be more than satisfied with.