I won't spend much time on this one, as it's hardly groundbreaking. There's no grand yarn that deserves to be spun for The Tomorrow War. However, what there is to be said is... it's bloody refreshing. In an age where Hollywood's primary mission is to wokesplain to the masses that don't want to be preached to and just enjoy good cinema, it's refreshing to see such an entertaining return to form to what we used to view as "mindless entertainment."
The story, while filled with more potholes than most English roads, is heartfelt and just interesting enough to hold the average audience's attention until the last act and firmly reinforces the idea of the nuclear family that Hollywood and their ilk have been so desperately trying to erase. The action, however, is where it actually shines. It's beautifully set, choreographed and the CGI, while choppy in parts, isn't too bad.
Chris Pratt brings an underrated, relatable and believable performance that, for many, is the reason that he's so beloved. He's the everyman, both on-screen and off, and when he truly enjoys the role he's been given, it shows, and by the god's did we see that here.
Overall, a really solid and entertaining flick. Well worth a watch.
Final Rating: 3.5/5 Stars.
Simply put, a poor attempt at capitalising on a property that wasn't originally intended to be the main focus of the film. It's clear that Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins started as a b-list martial arts film that was dead in the water without a pre-existing hook and fanbase to reach out to. And what do you know? Slap on a franchise that millions grew up loving and all of a sudden it jumps from mediocre to at least being entertaining if you were drunk.
Overall, the action was quite good, in spite of the unreal amounts of shaky-cam and cutaways, the story was compelling enough to keep your attention for almost the entire runtime, and Henry Golding's Snake Eyes carries the rest of the subpar performances through to the end; props to him! However, the character of Snake Eyes in this film is nothing like the source material and that is BEYOND irksome, regardless of the day and age we're currently living in.
At the end of the day, regardless of its faults, it's enjoyable for what it is: A mediocre martial arts flick that will be forgotten in less than a month.
Final Rating: 3/5 Stars.