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Chris Pratt Bonafide Action Star in The Tomorrow War

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.

 

I love, love love movies, watching them and discussing them...thus the birth of The Curvy Film Critic!!! Host/Producer/FilmCritic-Expert, I am an member of such esteemed organizations as Critics Choice Association, African American Film Critics Association, Online Association of Female Film Critics and Alliance of Women Film Journalists. My op-eds or features have been seen in VARIETY, RogerEbert.com, Maltin on Movies, as well as being a frequent Guest Contributor to Fox 11-LA, NPR, Good Day LA, Turner Classic Movies and KCRW Press Play with Madeline Brand. Catch my reviews on The Curvy Critic with Carla Renata - LIVE!!! Sundays 5pm PST via You Tube or Facebook Live or on Rotten Tomatoes. If you like what you read please shout me out and subscribe to The Curvy Critic on YouTube. You can chat with me across all social media platforms @TheCurvyCritic and as always, thanks for supporting a sista'

11 Comments

  • Deek Windsome

    I thought your review was a fair assessment of the film with the exception of one little line that seemed mean spirited. Imagine if someone said, “First, let me note there are numerous white soldiers who are principals who don’t die in the first ten minutes of the film. For me, that was the price of admission.”
    People would be really upset with that statement, and call the person who wrote it all kinds of unsavory things. That one line in your review kind of put a divisive little jab in there for no reason. Reading that, you’d think we lived in an alternate universe where Danny Glover didn’t survive the Lethal Weapon films, Lucius Fox didn’t make it out of the Dark Knight trilogy, Black Panther doesn’t exist and Sam Jackson isn’t a thing.
    Anyway, other than that one line, you seem nice, so I hope you have a good day!

    • Carla Renata

      I appreciate your input. let’s be real though. In the last year I’ve screened numerous films in the horror/thriller/action genre where Black actors who were principal actors and/or stars died within the first ten minutes of film. What I communicated wasn’t meant to be snarky, just an observational appreciation statement.
      I’m specifically reviewing THE TOMORROW WAR, which is a Sci-Fi Futuristic Action Adventure flick and although I’m elated YOU enjoyed the review, I’m entitled to my opinion and how I choose to express it, just as you are free to cone here and express your thoughts and feelings.

      I’m not here to review films and appease folks. I’m here to give an opinion. MY OPINION…period.

    • Scott Lewis

      That the rebuttal was to name literally four movies with black people not dying spread across many years is comical and proves the reviewers original point.

  • Paul A Saylor

    I was with you until you said that white people dying before black people was the price of admission for this film. Tolerance is not your strong suit and neither is your grammer. Top Critic? More like a race to the bottom.

    • Carla Renata

      I’m entitled to my opinion. You don’t have to like it just like I don’t have embrace your cyber bullying slander

  • Lisa Tolliver

    Good review, Carla. Nil carborundum illegitimi.

    Sad, isn’t it, that in 2021, your complimenting this film for diverging from the well-documented, widespread practice of casting Black and Brown characters as disposable redshirts has offended/triggered multiple readers whose comments demonstrate they are one or more of the following:

    – So unobservant that they mistake exceptions for the rule
    – Fragile
    – Woefully uninformed (whether willfully or involuntarily), of the following well-known facts…

    …As noted in Wikipedia>Tokenism>History:
    “Black characters’ being the first characters to die was first identified in Hollywood horror movies of the 1930s, notes writer Renee Cozier.[10]

    …As noted in Wikipedia>Tokenism>Fiction:
    “In fiction, token characters represent groups which vary from the norm (usually defined as a white, heterosexual male) and are otherwise excluded from the story. The token character can be based on ethnicity (i.e., Black, Hispanic, Asian), religion (i.e., Jewish, Muslim), sexual orientation (i.e., homosexual), or gender (typically a female character in a predominantly male cast). Token characters are usually background characters, and, as such, are usually disposable, and are eliminated from the narrative early in the story, in order to enhance the drama, while conserving the main characters.”[27][28]

    [10] Greene, Eric. “Hollywood Diversity Report: Mounting evidence that more diverse casts help the bottom line”. UCLA Newsroom. Retrieved 2018-11-26.

    [27] Gray, Sadie (2008-07-17). “Ethnic minorities accuse TV programmers of tokenism”. The Independent. London. Retrieved 2010-03-27.

    [28] Carter, Helen (2002-11-13). “Minorities accuse TV and radio of tokenism”. The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2010-03-27.

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