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The Tomorrow War & Time

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This contains many spoilers. When I first saw the trailer for The Tomorrow War my thought was “I wonder who that store-brand Chris Pratt is?” When I realized it was the actual name-brand Chris Pratt, my thought was “he must really need money.” Yes, it is exactly that kind of movie. I will start with some non-philosophical gripes and then move on to what is most interesting (and disappointing) about the flick: time travel. Like many war movies of its ilk, this flick does the usual thing with armored fighting vehicles: it just leaves them out. Instead, the human forces confront the aliens with infantry, Humvees, transport helicopters, and fighter-bombers. Oddly, the infantry is armed with standard guns that are largely ineffective against the aliens—even though they know this and there are plenty of existing infantry weapons that would wreck them. No armored fighting vehicles are used; the Humvees are the mainstay of the forces, and they get easily destroyed by the aliens just charging into them like deranged moose (except when the main characters are in one). Maybe leaving out AFVs is a budget thing, but it mainly seems because the aliens, which are basically animals, would be slaughtered by modern armor—they could do no damage and the antivehicle weapons would vaporize them. Rather than come up with an alien that could beat armor, the writers just leave out armored vehicles. The transport helicopters, as one would expect in such a film, generally fly within the leaping range of the aliens and attack helicopters do not exist (they do have armed drones, though). The fighter-bombers exist, as always, as a stupid plot device: in one part of the movie the hero is tasked with rescuing research that is the last hope for victory, yet an air strike is called on the otherwise empty city and it cannot be called off. But enough of that, on to the time travel. Time travel is always a mess in philosophy, science, and fiction. But it can be fun if used properly in the story. The. . .

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