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Dark Discussions Podcast – Episode 497 – THE TOMORROW WAR (2021)

With COVID shutting down cinemas and forcing major Hollywood films to push back their theatrical date later and later, some companies decided to release their movies on VOD platforms.  Others actually gave up on the theatrical release and instead sold their films to other companies.  Paramount which had numerous films ready to go, decided to sell off some of their movies, one was the big budget science fiction film THE TOMORROW WAR (2021) starring Chris Pratt.  Amazon bought it for a reported $200M USD and released it to their platform on July 2nd, 2021.

Family man and biology teacher Dan Forester (Chris Pratt) is suddenly drafted into a new world militia after soldiers from the future arrive to warn of a future alien invasion.  With a group of non-soldiers, he is transported into the future where he finds that humanity has been decimated by a white invading monster named the Whitespikes.

Though edging just at the outskirts of a true horror film, the movie is more a big budget blockbuster in the mode of JURASSIC WORLD (2015) or SAN ANDREAS (2015).  Besides Chris Pratt, the film’s cast includes Yvonne Strahovski, J.K. Simmons, Betty Gilpin, among others.  Chris McKay, known for THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (2017), directs from a screenplay by Zach Dean.  Dark Discussions takes a look at this spectacle film and gives their thoughts.

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