Designed for the big screen, this action film will finally skip the cinema box to be released directly to streaming on July 2.
A Hollywood Star, a big show sci-fi movie with a plot in the Terminator and a budget of around $ 200 million: The Tomorrow War was calibrated to attract millions of viewers in cinemas this summer. But the coronavirus has changed everything.
The film starring Chris Pratt will be released direct on Amazon Prime on July 2, without going through the cinema box. It was purchased by the video on demand platform last January, when the Covid-19 pandemic brought the entertainment industry to a halt, with no guarantee of the future at the time.
“Please don’t watch it on your phonesBegged Chris McKay, the director of The Tomorrow War. “Watch it on the biggest screen possible with the volume on maximum, push the sound“, he added. “Invite the neighbors so that they don’t mind, but watch it with lots of people because you are going to have a really good time.“.
The pitch of the film can be summed up in a few lines: travelers arrive from the future, where a horrible alien invasion threatens to eradicate humanity. They beg their parents and grandparents to time travel with them in 2051 to help them fend off these hordes of nightmarish and bloodthirsty creatures.
The Tomorrow War combines spectacular effects-packed action scenes shot in Iceland with elements of horror films and family drama and even addresses the impact of climate change. “When we were making the film, we had certain existential threats in mind, for example “our responsibility to future generations”Chris McKay explained.
“And then the Covid-19 arrived“, Remembers the director, which forced the team to finish at home and remotely the production of the film, the shooting of which was almost completed before the pandemic. The comparison between the two worlds, turned upside down by the arrival of a planetary threat requiring a united response from humanity, was striking, says Chris McKay.
From sitcoms to big productions
For Betty Gilpin, who plays the psychologist wife of Chris Pratt, himself playing a former military man, The Tomorrow War made a double hit: a film of pure entertainment, he took the opportunity to “slipAlso a message or two about our obligations to the planet.
“Looks like it’s gonna be a light and futile movie, but it really has some smart things to tell.», Said the actress, made popular by GLOW, Netflix series about a group of American wrestlers in the 1980s. Its trajectory, from comedy series to big budget films, mirrors that of Chris Pratt himself, who was first revealed by his role in the sitcom Parks and Recreation.
Since then, Chris Pratt has gained muscle and toured some of America’s biggest sagas, like the Guardians of the Galaxy or movies Jurassic World. He took the opportunity to marry the eldest daughter of another action movie legend, Katherine Schwarzenegger.
In The Tomorrow War, the actor plays a former special forces soldier who feels cramped in his new life as a teacher, until he signs up to fight aliens in the future. “He’s a movie star but he can do so many different things and be incredibly vulnerable“, Says Chris McKay, expressing his”respect»For the course of the actor.