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The Tomorrow War: An Idiot’s Review

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The only thing I know about movies is whether I like them or not, and I mostly prefer watching series. I don’t know all the technical jargon that you would look for to review a movie or in the review of said movie, but let’s give you an idiot’s take on The Tomorrow War, that released on Amazon last week.

I didn’t look at what the critics thought of the movie, as I like to make up my own mind. And here is what the Kaas mind thought…

During a 2022 World Cup Soccer match, which for some reason is played in December, soldiers pitch up on the pitch, heh….errr…with a spectacular light show, immediately rendering all the spectators in the same state of apprehension that I have when getting a text from my ex.

The future needs help! Earth is overrun by a vicious alien species and everything is doomed! Only your mother-in-law refuses to die.

As you can imagine, chaos and panic ensues as people from all over the planet is sent 30 years into the future to fight these b******s. People are getting drafted from all walks of life with no military training whatsoever to be cannon fodder for the beasties, who gobble humans down like you would swallow one of the tekkies served at a braai with Trevor (well done steak, forsooth) as the cook, with only a thick lathering of All Gold tomato sauce to lubricate it.

All Gold on meat? Barbaric, I know…But that’s another kettle of fish.

ANYWAY… Let’s not give away too much for those who haven’t watched it yet.

The Tomorrow War stars Chris Pratt as Dan Forrester, an ordinary school teacher and family man, who happens to be an ex Special Forces soldier, alongside J.K. Simmons as his estranged father, Sam Richardson, Edwin Hodge and Yvonne Strahovski to name a few. Sorry, but telling a vivid tale about every character’s origins, might spoil some of the fun.

To be honest, I really looked forward to watching this as a nice Sunday night movie, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was entertaining to see them battle the overwhelming odds against an enemy, called Whitespikes, who shoot, well, spikes from tentacle appendages, but are also armed with a set of impressive chompers that would make any T-rex proud. Mindless predators that are fast, hard to kill and attack in overwhelming numbers is not the kind of b******d I would want to face.

As with all Time Travel movies, it has you constantly wondering and drawing up spreadsheets and flow charts on how things happening in the future, might affect the now. It gave me a headache, so I gave up and just went with it. Luckily they don’t really try to confuse you too much or create too many “hang on?” moments.

The movie felt a bit rushed to be honest. It starts off kind of slow and then gains rapid momentum, and the final part that determines the final outcome of humanity’s future, which might have been an awesome adventure in its own right, boss-fight, slight plot twist about the origins of the aliens and all, was obviously downscaled to the obvious time constraints of a two hour or so film.

There seems to be huge gaps that could have been filled out with more detail, if they had more time, which would have made the film much better in my opinion, and the attempts at humour fall a bit flat. Pratt doesn’t bring his A-game with regards to quips, as he did with his Star-Lord character in the Guardians of the Galaxy, but it is also understandable as his character is subjected to a lot of “what is going on?” moments, and he is fed a lot of life altering info in a short matter of time.

It’s not a bad movie at all, with good action sequences and aliens chomping on humans as if they were a rack of ribs, but don’t expect anything ground breaking. It’s fun to watch and has its WTF moments, if you are in the mood for a nice action movie that doesn’t require a lot of thought.

Last Updated: July 7, 2021


  1. Got around to watch it last night; agree on the rushed part; they either should have left the last half an hour out for an sequel or went full ham into a 150-180minutes movie.

    Overall very good kill them aliens PG-13 sci-fi-lite action-heavy movie.


  2. Kromas

    July 7, 2021 at 10:38

    I might have a look at this when I got some time.


  3. KzA

    July 7, 2021 at 09:18

    I digged it too. Your review is as on point as a well wrapped cheese !


  4. BlinkFan

    July 7, 2021 at 09:44

    No score… now I have to read words.


    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      July 8, 2021 at 06:14

      An American’s worst nightmare. Hehe, no offense if you’re American


  5. Kromas

    July 7, 2021 at 10:38

    I might have a look at this when I got some time.


  6. Mandalorian Jim

    July 7, 2021 at 11:20

    I’m going to check it out this evening, hopefully, I can add to the discussion, beyond “Oh my goodness, MonsterCheddar is writing articles, like a boss” 😀


  7. R1ker

    July 7, 2021 at 11:59

    I also quite enjoyed it. This is one of those movies that you should not try and over think everything and just sit back and take it for what it is.


  8. D4m@E

    July 7, 2021 at 20:18

    Apart from some dialogue that fell flat and some questionable actions throughout the movie that made no sense to me, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Cool action, good creature design and effects and during the 2.5 hour runtime I wasn’t ever bored.


  9. Hammersteyn

    July 8, 2021 at 02:51

    Fun movie, a bit bloated, plot didn’t make much sense but I wont spoil it here.


  10. Pofadder

    July 8, 2021 at 03:18

    Don’t go looking for movie mistakes here. Way too many. Too many plot holes, scientific inaccuracies, impossibilities, time paradoxes, some stupid decisions etc. Just switch off and enjoy this movie for what it is. ‘n Lekker skop skiet en donder fliek. Then you will have a great time.


  11. Aussious

    July 8, 2021 at 12:54

    Brilliant yes the movie has plotholes galore however I really was surprised how much I enjoyed it. I could tell Chris Pratt was drawing from his training for Zero Dark Thirty, the way he handles himself in combat is so convincing especially in the first act.


    • Mandalorian Jim

      July 9, 2021 at 04:45

      Yeah, he looked very convincing in the role and it’s clear that he takes the training seriously, a bit like Keanu Reeves (although I think Keanu really takes it to a completely new level)


  12. Original Heretic

    July 8, 2021 at 13:17

    What dafuq…?
    What alternate reality did I emerge into from my post-COVID isolation?
    The Abominable Cheeseman is writing articles?!


  13. Mandalorian Jim

    July 9, 2021 at 04:43

    Ok, so I finally got round to watching the movie, and I think the Kaas is right about a couple of things. I liked the idea behind it. The fact that you have this war in the future and they’re so desperate that they go back in time to recruit from the past.

    I just don’t think they made it clear that the people they recruited wouldn’t affect their timeline, except for the fact that they were destined to die prior to the invasion. For instance, they nicely circumvented the possible temporal/ time travel paradoxes of sending someone who should spawn someone in the future. I also, liked the idea that time is linear and thus that there’s a sense of real desperation in the war effort. They’re literally going to run out of time. But, it also opens up a possible plot hole, if you know your planet is going to be overrun by a bunch of apex predators that seem to be immune to current weapons, why don’t you just send more people back in time, scientists, engineers etc, and prepare for that war, built weapons that actually do damage to the aliens. I won’t go into any more spoilers….

    Chris Pratt was good in his role. I think he’s effortlessly transitioned from that goofy guy in Parks and Recreation to a bona fide action star. I think the middle started to feel a bit too much like Starship Troopers, but not the good parts of it, and then it really falters towards the end.

    But as a popcorn movie, it’s pure-escapism, with plenty of explosions, crazy-looking aliens, and a high body count. It’s not supposed to be cerebral, and if you read too much into it, I think you might need to put down the Daily Maverick and soy latte, and maybe go stand outside for a bit.


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