Is a summer action movie really a true summer action movie if no one yells “Light ’em up!” about the oncoming hordes of faceless enemies? Never fear; that moment happens in the latest (and apparently final) trailer for Amazon’s The Tomorrow War, a movie about Chris Pratt going into the future to fight aliens with large guns and corny lines.
I have a lot of questions, including why aliens in major blockbusters always look cobbled together from aliens in other major blockbusters (bless Attack the Block and its entirely weird-ass alien bear-dogs with too many teeth). If you have time travel, why use it like this? Why not figure out how to stop the war from happening? If the aliens see humans as food, why are you sending more snacky human bites into their paths? Why does Yvonne Strahovski sound so bored? And why does the scene with the captured alien immediately make me think of Starship Troopers?
Here’s the movie’s official summary:
In The Tomorrow War, the world is stunned when a group of time travelers 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 and family man Dan Forester (Chris Pratt). Determined to save the world for his young daughter, Dan teams up with a brilliant scientist (Yvonne Strahovski) and his estranged father (J.K. Simmons) in a desperate quest to rewrite the fate of the planet.
This doesn’t answer any of my questions, though.
The Tomorrow War is directed by Chris McKay (The Lego Batman Movie) from a screenplay by Zach Dean (24 Hours to Live). It arrives on Amazon Prime Video on July 2nd.