If the aliens of James Cameron landed, the planet would be devastated as in this hackneyed fusion between action and science-fiction of Amazon at the service of Chris Pratt
‘Tomorrow’s War’, a direct streaming launch despite its blockbuster packaging, begins with its protagonist, Chris Pratt, the perfect American, falling from the sky
as the main character of ‘El Incal’, one of the most important comics in the history of the medium, drawn by Moebius and Jodorowsky. On paper, the body of John Difool, a small-time detective, plunges into the void, without quite knowing why, with a menacing lake of acid that dissolves everything waiting for him at the end of the deadly path. Around him is a futuristic world, shot uncredited in Luc Besson’s film ‘The Fifth Element’. Unlike this comic loaded with mysticism, far from the conventions of traditional sci-fi, the launch that concerns us
it shreds tics of the genre, far from breaking the mold, immediately placing the viewer at the center of a typical fantasy war adventure.
The mystery of Pratt’s free fall is interrupted in seconds to glance sideways at ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ and at ‘Starship Troopers’, sticking with his first layers. Where Tom Cruise was immersed in a time spiral where he fought and died over and over again in a loop, like in a video game in which we have multiple lives, in the bet of Amazon Prime Video, hyped, the hero of the feature jumps once in space-time to take down a terrible alien threat that links up with the space bugs in Verhoeven’s masterpiece.
An unstoppable horde of extraterrestrial bugs will exterminate the human being within thirty years and the only possible solution is to recruit people from the past to fight for the good of civilization by taking a chronological leap properly armed. An interesting premise that remains on the surface.
An image from ‘The war of tomorrow’.
The citizens are recruited practically by force, they do not dare to take the rifle with panache like the troops of ‘Starship Troopers’, nothing of ‘Feeling of life’, rather they inhabit ‘Independence Day’ without 90’s jokes. If ‘Aliens’, by James Cameron, had a sequel where the creatures designed by Giger arrived on Earth, devastating the planet, we would be talking about ‘The war of tomorrow’, but
the action and science fiction turmix does not stop risking, staying with a simplistic idea of all the mentioned references, cooked by Zach Dean (’24 hours to live ‘), whose script directs a guy from whom you can expect more, Chris McKay, head of’ Batman: The LEGO movie ‘, one of the best adaptations of the exploits of the Bat Man.
Also director of the funny animation special ‘Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III’, at the controls of a project in real image he does not leave the calligraphy book of the usual way of representation.
Where there was rhythm and fun, now there are common places at large. There is hardly any humor, unlike the top ‘Edge of Tomorrow’. Déjà vu is constant in a film with a familiar moral, incoherent in its internal logic, with a tedious resolution without twists or surprises. It does not take advantage of its possibilities within the genre and where it shines the most, in sequences moved with visual effects, it loses strength by not being released in theaters, which does not mean that it satisfies the physically and mentally adolescent public. As it comes, it goes.