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The Tomorrow War is a 2021 American science fiction film about a man in the present enlisted to fight a future war against an alien invasion.

Directed by Chris McKay from a screenplay written by Zach Dean, the Skydance Media production stars Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, J.K. Simmons and Edwin Hodge.


The world is stunned when a group of time travellers arrive from the year 2051 to deliver an urgent message: Thirty years in the future, mankind is losing a global war against a deadly alien species. The only hope for survival is for soldiers and civilians from the present to be transported to the future and join the fight.

Among those recruited is high school teacher Dan Forester (Chris Pratt), who teams up with a brilliant scientist (Yvonne Strahovski) and his estranged father (J.K. Simmons) to rewrite the fate of the planet…


The Tomorrow War is a great big Frankenstein’s monster of a movie. It’s cobbled together from pieces of other science-fiction films, including War of the Worlds, Aliens, World War Z, Starship Troopers, and The Thing. Watching it provides an ongoing sense of deja vu because everything is so familiar. Despite a cool premise, this action-heavy epic proves far more disappointing than thrilling.” The Aisle Seat

The Tomorrow War is part Independence Day, part Starship Troopers with a dash of Aliens. If any or all of those movies are your jam, chances are you are probably going to enjoy The Tomorrow War. As I mentioned earlier, the visual effects were well done, but not overdone. There are times you can experience CGI overload and I never felt that while watching The Tomorrow War.” Bulletproof Action

“Shot loudly and expensively, the action has its moments […] and Pratt clearly relishes the opportunity to have at least one Cool Guy Explosion shot. But the aliens here have nothing to them that we haven’t seen before […] With a final act set on a glacier, the pacing starts to feel glacial too; it is approximately half an hour longer than it should be.” Empire

” …McKay delivers a more subtle, and somewhat nostalgic, narrative about family and the extraordinary impact it can have on our lives. As a result, The Tomorrow War is more layered than I anticipated. The film may not be the most ambitious of all, but it does its job, provides action, even a few tears, and, most importantly, it’s simply fun to watch.” First Showing

“Admittedly, there are plenty of instances where logic, plausibility, and continuity between timelines come into question. That’s also pretty much a given for anything dealing with time travel and multiple timelines. However, The Tomorrow War sticks to the essential details while allowing its charismatic ensemble and extravagant action to stand out at the forefront so competently that it’s easy to overlook how it works.” Flickering Myth

“The film seems to go on and on like something by Wagner; but it finally ends, thanks to some vital expertise provided by one of Dan’s high school students, with a plot turn which perhaps owes something to the final act of the classic comedy Galaxy Quest. It all feels like a heavy meal, and the action scenes and the creature effects are very derivative.” The Guardian

“There are some ambitious themes here that aspire to more than just sci-fi spectacle: questions about family legacy and how to better appreciate the lives we’ve got. Aliens meets It’s A Wonderful Life. But despite the long runtime – 160 minutes – these questions never really get off the ground and the film feels cramped and undercooked.” iNews

“Chris Pratt takes his role too seriously and his performance comes off forced and not natural at all. Also, the creature designs were fantastic […] Nasty, beautiful, ancient creatures that destroy anything in their path […] The Tomorrow War delivers a fun, Summer popcorn flick with non-stop action, great character development, wicked creature design…” Pop Horror

“You’ve got your usual array of explosions, never-ending army of creatures and plenty of lavishly dressed sets too. This is one good looking film – but it’s not enough […] the story is so nonsensical that if you even stop to think about the plot for a second, the whole concept falls apart. And no amount of bombastic action or wisecracking gags can disguise that.” The Review Geek

The Tomorrow War is, first and foremost, an unpretentious raucous action movie and its attempts at human interest can’t help but seem a bit trite and obvious […]The dialogue is often a bit creaky and the morality and humanity achingly simplistic but on this occasion, it really doesn’t matter because hey, look, horrible aliens, big explosions and lots of guns and impossible escapes!” Starburst

“The CGI monsters are impressive, even if some of the scenes of destruction are iffy. And for those that aren’t fussy about their action scenes, Micheal Bay fans, for example, there are lots of people shooting and things blowing up […] it was average at best, not nearly as much fun as much smaller films like Beyond Skyline and Skylines.” Voices from the Balcony


Originally, Paramount planned to release The Tomorrow War theatrically on December 25th 2020 but the lockdown meant that was cancelled. It has now been announced that Amazon has acquired the rights for a whopping $200 million (yes, $200 million!) to stream the movie on Prime from July 2nd 2021.

Amazon representative Jennifer Salke said:

The Tomorrow War will be a global event that will surprise and delight our customers around the world. Director Chris McKay has brilliantly crafted this unique, action-packed sci-fi escape that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats and tug on their heartstrings with its father-daughter storyline.”

Director Chris McKay added:

“I’m so proud of this incredible cast and crew who worked under challenging circumstances to create a unique, original sci-fi action movie… something that’s increasingly rare. Watching this team of actors and artisans effortlessly blend action, horror, comedy, and drama was a dream come true for me… and I hope will thrill audiences this summer.”

Cast and characters:

Chris Pratt … Dan
Yvonne Strahovski … Romeo Command
J.K. Simmons … Slade
Edwin Hodge … Dorian
Sam Richardson … Charlie
Betty Gilpin … Emmy
Jasmine Mathews … Lt. Hart
Mary Lynn Rajskub … Norah
Ryan Kiera Armstrong … Muri
Keith Powers … Major Greenwood
Mike Mitchell … Cowan
Seychelle Gabriel … Sgt. Diaz
Alan Trong … Lt. Tran
Chibuikem Uche … Lt. Ikemba
Felisha Terrell … Conscription Officer Lauren Paveza

Filming locations:

Blackhall Studios, Atlanta, Georgia (studio)

Filming dates:

Production commenced on September 1st 2019.


Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, language and some suggestive references.


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