The Tomorrow War (2021)


4/10: another streaming movie fail
Friday, August 13, 2021

I don't think this has happened to me before. I watched two thirds of the movie, thought it was a flawed but enjoyable sci-fi flick and was ready to wrap up and give it 6 stars. I felt it was on par with the better streaming movies.Then i realized there was still about 45 minutes left. That alone is a failure. I thought i just watched the climax (and could argue it really was the climax but near the middle of the movie). But even so, if the final act is good, i can't really complain...........this final act is filled with horrendous movie logic and movie-breaking plot holes. One thing in the third act makes everything in the first two acts completely meaningless. Couldn't believe it. And the majority of the stupid moments are during this portion.Why would you do this? You had a whole movie. Can someone edit the movie and...

5/10: falls short
Friday, July 2, 2021

Greetings again from the darkness. There are some great time-travel movies, some great Science-Fiction movies, and some great alien-invasion action movies; however, there are very few that successfully blend all of the above. Director Chris McKay (THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE, 2017) and writer Zach Dean (DEADFALL, 2012) come up short in this attempt, and in fact, much of the movie is borderline ridiculous in story line, dialogue, and special effects. It's extremely rare for me to go two hours (or 2:20 for this one) and never engage with a character or story.We open on Chris Pratt (and many others) falling from the sky and landing in a horrific war zone. Immediately we flashback 3 decades. Pratt plays Dan Forester, a high school science teacher and former Special Forces soldier in Iraq. He has a supportive wife Emmy (Betty Gilpin, THE HUNT, 2020) and a whip-smart young daughter Muri (Ryan Kiera Armstrong, "Anne with...

6/10: Updated 1950's Sci-Fi Action Thriller -Tung In Cheek Message For Today
Tuesday, July 20, 2021

This movie reminds me much plot wise of some of the strangely plotted 1950's Sci-Fi films from that era. The difference is that this one has modern cgi and plenty of action. Once you put your brain away perhaps the movie can be enjoyed. There are plot holes galore, but the action is action.Do they save the planet? Yes, but not until a whole lot of government waste of lives fighting a future war. One big hole is not explaining why a government that has 30 years head start in knowing what is coming can't handle this better without getting lots of people killed? This is a secret message here about how this pandemic situation is still not being handled properly. Not only did the last administration mess up, it appears the current one is in the process of making the same mistake.So an alien ship crashes in Russia and releases alien animals that eat...

8/10: We are food, and they are hungry
Friday, July 2, 2021

It's rare that I would get to see a movie on the day of it's release, in fact, I can't think of any other one I could say that about. But I knew this one was coming and had the opportunity, so took advantage of catching it this morning on Amazon Prime. It's not a bad sci-fi flick with some time travel thrown in which often gets complicated with possible repercussions but this one plays it fairly straightforward. The opening throws you immediately into the action that takes place thirty years in the future before it flashes back to present day to affect the setup. The back story and appearance of the 'whitespike' monsters borrow somewhat from the 'Aliens' franchise, realizing that it's almost impossible to come up with something entirely new and different by now, other than to max out the ugly factor which this film does pretty well. The monsters aren't...

5/10: A Lot Like Starship Troopers
Friday, July 9, 2021

There are a number of ways that this film could have turned out, but unfortunately it didn't quite go the way that I wanted it to go. Look, it was a fun film, but that is probably where I would draw the line because in the end it was nothing that I hadn't seen before, and there certainly wasn't much in the way of exciting twists either. In fact, a part of me just felt that this was nothing more than a reimagining of Star Ship troopers.So, the film starts in the modern era, but our simple lives (and the World Cup final) is interrupted when a gate opens, some soldiers come out, and tell us that aliens have invaded the Earth and they need soldiers to help fight them off. Mind you, as they go through basic training it comes out that there is none (basic training that is), and they aren't shown pictures...

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