Coinciding with the recent revelation of UFO reports, this frightening sci-fi fantasy imagines what might happen if – today – we learned about a future alien invasion and, perhaps, had the power to prevent it.
In December, 2022, Earthlings discover that – 30 years in the future – the entire planet will be invaded by ravenous, relentless beasts who feast on humans. Resembling alien-infused Velociraptors, they’re called White Spikes because of the bony projectiles stemming from their tentacles.
Utilizing an experimental time-travel device, young soldiers from 2051 arrive, urgently begging for global help. Since they’re our descendants, the various nations of the world unite to conscript ordinary adults. Implanted with a digital armband, each draftee is required to serve for seven days but only 20% survive the week.
Recruits includes suburban high-school science teacher Dan Forester (amiable Chris Pratt), whose career has faltered since he returned from fighting in Iraq. Estranged from his reclusive, cantankerous father (J.K. Simmons), he’s married to Emmy (Betty Gilpin) and besotted by their bright nine year-old daughter Muri (Ryan Keira Armstrong).
During a truncated period of basic training, Dan befriends anxiety-riddled chatterbox Charlie (Sam Richardson) and surly Dorian (Edwin Hodge) before they’re catapulted into battle, joining a Resistance unit under code-named Romeo Command (Yvonne Strahovski).
A brilliant, methodical scientist, she’s working on a lethal toxin to save the human species from extinction and needs Dan to retrieve vital ampules from a science lab in war-ravaged Miami. If her time-jumping plan it works, they might be able to change the course of history.
Scripted by Zach Dean and directed by Chris McKay (The Lego Batman Movie), this popcorn-picture adventure incorporates many familiar elements, including a father/son issues, father/daughter devotion, second chances, acceptance/forgiveness, climate change and time travel – like a futuristic “It’s a Wonderful Life” amid marauding aliens.
Full disclosure: My son, Don Granger, is one of the producers.
On the Granger Gauge of 1 to 10, The Tomorrow War is an exciting, escapist 7, streaming on Amazon Prime Video.