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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?
Cowan: Guys, something’s watching us.
Charlie: What? Like Whitespikes?
Norah: Well, duh.
Col. Muri Forester: Dan, get the hell out of there right now.
Dan Forester: Yeah, no s**t!
Charlie: Where the hell are we?
Dan Forester: Well, we’re not in Miami anymore, that’s for sure.
Dorian: You should’ve kept going instead of jumping into that tunnel to save your friends.
Dan Forester: We’re here to save people. We got to try. We’re on a mission. That’s what we’re here to do.
Dorian: But you didn’t. Did you?
Dorian: You’ll see. Nothing we do here matters.
Dan Forester: That’s where you’re wrong. I don’t believe that one bit. I don’t think you believe that either.
Dorian: You don’t know me.
Dan Forester: If nothing matters, what are you doing here?
Dan Forester: [referring to his claw necklace] Why you got that souvenir around your neck?
Dorian: It’s not a souvenir. It’s a reminder.
Dan Forester: Of what?
Dorian: Reminds me of the one thing I learned the day I got drafted. I’ll be dead in six months. Cancer. So here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to keep living my life, the way I want to, and I’m going to die the way I want to. I’d rather die here than a slow death back home.
Charlie: [referring to being redeployed] I’m dead, man. I can’t. You kidding me? I can’t do this again.
Dan Forester: Yes, you can.
Charlie: I’m going to get killed, or I’m going to kill somebody else.
Dan Forester: Yes, you can. And you will.
Charlie: Okay. I can survive this.
Dorian: No, you can’t.
Charlie: Well, don’t laugh. You don’t laugh if somebody says they’re going to survive something.
Dan Forester: Where are your people from?
Col. Muri Forester: Same place that you’re from.
Dan Forester: You’re my Muri Forester?
Col. Muri Forester: I’m Muri Forester.
Dan Forester: Wow. You got…
Col. Muri Forester: Old?
Dan Forester: No, you look great. I mean, just compared to the last time I saw you.
Dan Forester: I always figured you would’ve went into science.
Col. Muri Forester: I did. R-Force is my creation. I’m the lead researcher.
Col. Muri Forester: Look, you need to understand something. This is the end. Within the next few weeks, the human species will disappear from the face of the earth. We are literally living on borrowed time. So you should know that nothing about this for me is sentimental. I didn’t in any way bring you here because I wanted to spend time with my father. I brought you here for a reason.
Dan Forester: Well, what’s the reason?
Col. Muri Forester: I’ll tell you when you need to know.
Col. Muri Forester: Do you want to see something really dangerous?
Dan Forester: I feel like literally that’s all I’ve been doing since I got here, but okay.
Col. Muri Forester: They have no use for prisoners, or government, technology, money, nothing. We are food. And they are hungry.
Dan Forester: Muri, when they gave me this, they said I’d die in seven years.
Col. Muri Forester: Yeah, last time I saw you was the day that you died. It’s like seeing a ghost.
Dan Forester: What happened before I died? What happened to me? You know, what happened to your mom?
Col. Muri Forester: I think the less that we say to each other, the better.
Dan Forester: I was trying to help.
Col. Muri Forester: That’s not what I asked you to do. I need you to stay alive.
Dan Forester: You were under attack. I wasn’t going to sit in a helo and listen to my daughter get eaten. Sorry. I’m still your dad.
Col. Muri Forester: You know, I used to want to be like you. I wanted to be you. I believed in you when nobody else did.
Dan Forester: And then? What? What happened? Talking about a period of my life that I haven’t lived, but you have. Enlighten me. What happened?
Col. Muri Forester: You left us.
Dan Forester: Bulls**t. No, I didn’t.
Col. Muri Forester: Yeah, you left us. That nearly killed mom, you know. She believed in you too. Just like I did.
Dan Forester: I know for a fact I would never leave you.
Col. Muri Forester: Yeah, that’s what I thought.
Col. Muri Forester: [to Dan] You never seemed happy with your life.
Col. Muri Forester: You know, mom had tried to help me separate from you, but I couldn’t. I didn’t want to, because I wanted you to see me. I wanted you to hear me. I wanted you to fix it, and save our family. I didn’t want you to walk away. And then you were gone.
Dan Forester: I scrounged up some dinner. Have two options. Veggie lasagna, and veggie lasagna.
Col. Muri Forester: That’s how you know you’re near the end.
Dan Forester: The Miami Dolphins ever win the Super Bowl?
Col. Muri Forester: Do you really want to know?
Dan Forester: Yeah. What year, specifically, and what was the spread?
Dan Forester: She was nine years-old last time I saw her. Stubborn, but…
Major Greenwood: She calls it “persistent”. Now more than ever, she has to be.
Dan Forester: What do you mean?
Major Greenwood: You know, one way or another, this war is almost over.
Dan Forester: [to Muri] You don’t have to do this on your own. You know that? You brought me here for a reason, you told me. I know that I have some purpose. Please. Tell me how I’m going to help you.
Col. Muri Forester: If this toxin works, I need you to take it back. We can’t make it here. We’re on borrowed time already. You have the resources, and the ability to mass-produce it in your time, and then you can stop this war from ever happening.
Dan Forester: Muri, what are you asking me? You’re asking me to save my future, but then what? Leave you? Here, to die?
Col. Muri Forester: Believe me, I’ve thought of everything, and this is the only way. I’m asking you to do what no one else is willing to do.
Dan Forester: Why me?
Col. Muri Forester: Because you’re my father. And there’s no one that I want to trust more.
Dan Forester: [to Muri] I’ll take the toxin back. I’ll have it mass-produced. But understand this, I am not going to leave you here to die. I’m coming back for you. And you and me, we’re going to save this world. Together.
Col. Muri Forester: I need you to do exactly what I say, when I say, how I say it. Do you understand? You’re our mission now. I have to protect you.
Dan Forester: I understand.
Col. Muri Forester: You have got to make it back.
Dan Forester: I promise.
Col. Muri Forester: I’m sorry I said all those things to you. I shouldn’t have said them. I was angry, and I didn’t mean to hurt you.
Dan Forester: It’s okay.
Col. Muri Forester: I’m so happy I got to see you like this, how you were when I was a kid. This is how I remember you.
Dan Forester: I’m not leaving you. No.
Col. Muri Forester: You got to leave me. We were never going to make it. You need to make sure this never happens.
Dan Forester: Yeah.
Col. Muri Forester: I love you, dad.
Dan Forester: Charlie. You made it.
Charlie: I hid.
Emmy Forester: You’re saying you literally physically saw our daughter?
Dan Forester: We worked together. On a toxin. She figured it out. She was going to kill them all. She was going to save the world.
Emmy Forester: Now I’ve got a solution, and no way to use it. So we got to figure it out. We got to figure it out.
Dan Forester: Hey. We’re going to figure this out together.
Emmy Forester: Who are you going to tell them came up with the solution?
Dan Forester: From me. I’m going to definitely say that I came up with it.
Emmy Forester: I think it was your wife.
Dan Forester: There’s still a chance that we can stop this war from ever happening.
Dorian: It doesn’t look like it. Told you it was all for nothing. It’s too late for heroes, Forester.
Dan Forester: I’m not a hero. I was trying to save my daughter. If I got to save the world to save her, then I’m damn sure going to do it.
Dorian: What kind of selfish d**k doesn’t help a guy save his kid, right?
Dan Forester: They didn’t dig down. They dug up.
Charlie: That’s why there’s no sign of impact.
Dan, Charlie: They’ve been here the whole time.
Dan Forester: Listen, if we can go there now, and kill them all, we prevent this from ever happening, you understand?
Dodd: We’ve lost all contact with the future, Forester.
Dodd: You want me to use taxpayer money to fund a special covert mission into a hostile sovereign nation, led by a biology teacher?
Charlie: Oh, also the head of R and D for a tech company. Wallace Technology. We’re the Amazon of earth sciences. I can tell I’m not convincing you at all.
Dodd: Look, guys, the way things are going, we’ll be lucky if we don’t kill each other off long before the aliens get here. Excuse me.
Charlie: Well, I hate to say I told you so, but people just hate spending money on research.
Dorian: I say we just go kill them ourselves. How about that, huh?
Charlie: I mean, we need a plane, and a pilot willing to commit an international felony, whatever that’s called. There’s no way we can get there.
Dan Forester: There may be a way.
James Forester: So how was the future? Miami Dolphins still suck?
James Forester: You know, they say kids never come by unless they need something.
Dan Forester: I need your help.
James Forester: I’ll get my coat.
Dorian: Our man brought the whole arsenal.
Charlie: [as he loads his gun] Yeah. Because this time, I’m not going to hide. I’m going to fight.
Sgt. Diaz: It’s not even loaded.
Charlie: Well, yeah, it’s not loaded. It’s a pressurized cabin. Why would I load it in the cabin? A bullet goes in the thing, and everybody’s sucked out.
James Forester: So you’re telling me all this is melting in thirty years?
Charlie: Well, one degree is the difference between ice and water.
Charlie: Yeah. I mean, I hate to agree with Conspiracy Santa, but, you know, we get the world governments involved, it could turn into a nightmare.
Dan Forester: Yeah. I don’t have that kind of time. Neither does Muri. Feel like this is my opportunity to give her, and give this world a second chance. Second chances are really hard to come by.
Charlie: So what are we going to do?
Dan Forester: I guess we’re going to cut that son of a b**ch open, and shoot anything that looks sideways at us.
Dorian: [gives his claw necklace to Dan] Take this. As a souvenir. Go save your daughter.
Dorian: If I’m going to die, I’m going to die my way!
Charlie: I got one!
James Forester: Yeah, you did. He sliced it up like Julia Child.
James Forester: I’m sorry, son.
Dan Forester: No. No, no, no, dad!
James Forester: I’m sorry, for everything.
James Forester: Did you tell it to die?
Dan Forester: Yeah.
James Forester: It worked. Why didn’t you tell it sooner?
Dan Forester: Hey. Chickpea, I’d like you to meet your grandpa.
Dan Forester: I never told her about our seven days together, nor how, in a future that now will never happen, she changed me forever. I’m never going to leave her. I’ll never leave this family. Because my best future, it turned out, was always right in front of me.