Murderous alien monsters might be taking over the world and literally eating all but a few hundred thousand sad souls, but the real threat, it turns out, is global warming. That’s the gist of The Tomorrow War, a ho-hum, straight-to-streaming summer blockbuster that wants to be the next Terminator 2, but gets bogged down by metaphor service and a by-the-numbers screenplay that can’t deliver on its central promise.
Like Terminator 2, The Tomorrow War is a time-travel story about a hero sent from one year to another in order to stop a global threat. The twist this time around is that The Tomorrow War is about a hero sent forward in time from the present, rather than backward from a post-apocalyptic landscape.
You see, in the end, it’s all about saving the children, and the way to save the children is for today’s adults to act now, before it’s too late, because our future is so precious and blah blah blah. The deadly monsters were unleashed by our inattention to the science, and if only we’d…yawwwwwwwwn. Al Gore’s filmed PowerPoint lecture held my attention better than this. And if nothing else, An Inconvenient Truth was only 96 minutes long.