Starring: Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, Betty Gilpin, Keith Powers, Mike Mitchell, Sam Richardson, Burger Boy, J. K. Simmons
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Sci-fi action directed by Chris McKay. The Tomorrow War (2021) centers on as a group of time travelers who arrive from the year 2051 to deliver an urgent message that 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 family man and high school teacher Dan Forester (Chris Pratt). Determined to save the world for his young daughter, Dan teams up with scientist, Romeo Command (Yvonne Strahovski), and his estranged father, Slade (J.K. Simmons), in a desperate quest to rewrite the fate of the planet.
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Emmy Forester: [to Dan] I am going to punch you in your unfortunately very handsome face.
Dan Forester: You know what it takes to be the best. You got to say to yourself, “I will do,” you have to think this, “what nobody else is willing to do.”
Dan Forester: I am meant to do something special with my life.
Young Muri Forester: Everything’s going to be okay, dad.
Dan Forester: Thank you, honey. That’s very sweet of you. Although I’m pretty sure it’s supposed to be me telling you that, and not the other way around.
Lt. Hart: We are you, thirty years in the future. We are fighting a war. Our enemy is not human. And we are losing. In eleven months time, all human beings in the future will be wiped from the face of the earth, unless you help us. We need you. Our fathers, mothers, and grandparents, we need you to fight beside us if we stand a chance at winning this war.
Dan Forester: Is this a joke?
Lt. Hart: You are our last hope.
Dan Forester: [to his students] If you open your books to page forty-seven, talking about photosynthesis and the magic of chlorophyll. It’s really interesting stuff, guys. They say magic, you know, it’s not like pulling a rabbit out of a hat, but it’s magic, if you think about it. The stuff we breathe out, a tree breathes in? I know, you guys are speechless because it’s so captivating.
Dan Forester: [to his students] Listen, guys. I know it seems pretty bad. But if there’s one thing that the world needs right now, it’s scientists. We cannot stop innovating. That’s how you solve a problem. Science is important. So we need to focus up.
Conscription Officer Dean: You meet all requirements for conscription.
Dan Forester: What are the requirements for conscription? A pulse?
Emmy Forester: Do you know how many of these guys come back? Thirty percent. Thirty percent of draftees return. I talk to them every day, and they suffer so much post-trauma they can barely talk.
Dan Forester: I mean, I can see why you don’t work in the recruiting department.
Emmy Forester: We’re going to run. This is what we’re doing. You, me and Muri, we have to run.
Dan Forester: We have twenty-four hours. I don’t know how to run from the government.
Emmy Forester: You know someone who does.
Dan Forester: No.
Emmy Forester: We have to. Dan.
Dan Forester: I’m not asking him for a goddamn thing.
Emmy Forester: Do not ask for yourself. Ask for me. Ask for me, Dan. Ask for Muri.
Dan Forester: What, are you going to shoot me?
James Forester: I didn’t recognize you. Must’ve been that metrosexual scruffle you got there. I mean, grow a beard or don’t.
Dan Forester: Oh, it’s my beard? That’s the reason you don’t recognize me?
Dan Forester: Desert Eagle .50 cal. That’s cool.
James Forester: Yeah, it does the job.
Dan Forester: The job of convincing the world you have a small d**k.
Dan Forester: I wish you wouldn’t drink while you do this.
James Forester: I wish Stevie Nicks would show up in her birthday suit with a jar of pickles and a bottle of baby oil.
Dan Forester: What?
James Forester: Yeah, don’t overthink it.
James Forester: You come here, surprise visit, talking about my distrust of the federal government, and my “no visible means of income”. Yeah, that sounds like entrapment.
Dan Forester: Is that entrapment? Is that what that sounds like, Perry Mason? Is that because you binge watch The Sopranos in your trailer?
James Forester: You never wanted my help a day in your life.
Dan Forester: What did you just say to me? There were years, decades, that was all we wanted from you, was a little bit of help. I could’ve used help, burying your wife.
James Forester: Let me tell you something. You have no idea what went on between your mother and me.
James Forester: You’ve been mad at me your whole life because I left you. But I’m telling you, it would’ve been worse, for you and your mom, if I’d have stayed.
Dan Forester: No. You didn’t leave for us. You quit, because you’re a coward. And you still are. Stop sending Christmas cards to my house. You are never going to know Muri. You don’t get a second chance.
Dan Forester: I don’t know what’s going to happen to me if I go, but you and I both know what will happen to all of us if I stay.
Emmy Forester: We’ll figure it out together.
Dan Forester: I know how to do this. It’s seven days. I’ll survive. I’m a pretty tough guy.
Emmy Forester: You’re tough? The man who cries through every cold?
Dan Forester: I want you to know something. I will be back.
Young Muri Forester: Okay.
Dan Forester: You know I love you, Chickpea.
Dodd: You people, you all have something in common. Whatever your age, occupation, ethnicity, or gender, whatever your background, you are now heroes. You answered a call. It was a cry for help across time. It’s the voice of your children, and they need you. The sacrifice that you make now is for them. For the first time in human history, the armed forces from every nation are united against one enemy.
Dodd: Seven days from now, when you are sent into that war, you won’t be fighting for your country. You’ll be fighting for the world.
Lt. Hart: What you think you know about basic training does not apply. You will not march, crawl, or climb. There will be no push-ups, no pull-ups, no obstacle courses.
Cowan: I was kind of looking forward to that.
Dorian: You can braid each other’s hair later. Alright, stop talking. Listen.
Charlie: Totally. Sorry. I mean, when I’m nervous, I talk. On a scale of one to ten, I’m like a ninety-seven on the nervous scale. Or maybe like a ninety-eight. You look like a murderer. No offense. Well, I mean, you do, so.
Norah: He will kill you before the aliens do.
Charlie: I know. I called him a murderer.
Charlie: Have you noticed how all of us, or at least most of us, are like over forty?
Dan Forester: Yeah. You’re thinking that, in order for the time jump to occur, we have to be dead in the time we’re jumping to? I mean, I imagine it’s to avoid some sort of paradox.
Charlie: Which would lead me to believe that’s why the people training us are so young.
Dan, Charlie: They haven’t been born yet.
Charlie: I think we’re going to be best friends.
Lt. Tran: Time only flows in one direction. It’s like a river. The Jumplink placed two rafts on that river, thirty years apart. Now, we can jump back and forth between them, but both rafts will always keep moving forward.
Charlie: So why can’t we just build more rafts?
Lt. Ikemba: The Jumplink tech is held together with chewing gum, and chicken wire. We’ve barely managed to make one very rudimentary wormhole. If we weren’t in an extinction-level event, we’d still be jumping lab rats. Now we can jump you to 2051, and we can jump you back. Period.
Norah: Okay, but why don’t we have pictures, or video? You know, it would help us to know what we’re up against.
Lt. Hart: The consensus was that if the public saw what they’d face when they reach the future, it would become virtually impossible to fill that hangar.
Norah: Okay, cool. Next time someone asks that, you should probably just lie.
Dan Forester: What’s going on? I thought we had seven days.
Lt. Hart: The world doesn’t end on a schedule.
Charlie: How do you know how to do all this stuff, man? How are you so calm?
Dan Forester: Long story.
Charlie: What, are you like ex-military?
Dan Forester: Yeah. Kind of a short story, I guess.
Dorian: Welcome to Miami.
Charlie: I’m just glad Will Smith isn’t alive to see this.
Charlie: [sees aliens eating the soldiers] Well, I could’ve done without seeing that.
Dorian: Well, if you think this is bad, you don’t want to see what happens next.
Dorian: You’re wasting your time training them to be soldiers.
Dan Forester: I’m not. Just trying to keep them alive, man.
Dorian: You try to save your friends, you’re going to get eaten. We’re Team Not Eaten.
Cowan: Did he just say they’d eat us?