Posted by: Jen; 1 Star
Director: Stuart Beattie
Cast: Caitlin Stasey, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Lincoln Lewis, no one you’ve ever heard of before
The film Tomorrow, When the War Began (seriously, what kind of a sentence is that?) takes place in an alternate universe where Australia has tactical significance in a war. An Asian country (never specifically mentioned, but would have been China if this movie was made by the United States) takes over Australia and leaves a group of teenagers who had gone camping that weekend to fend for themselves. The main characters represent every stereotype imaginable: the rich girl, the preacher’s daughter/virgin, the bad boy, etc. which I thought only existed in horror movies. It’s funny how all extremes of the high school stereotype can find a way to get along.
This movie was terrible. When the teenagers find out what’s happening, they make a lot of stupid mistakes, such as getting a big, old, loud garbage truck for use as a getaway vehicle to escape unnoticed from the guards patrolling the street of the city because we all know giant hunks of metal are undetectable to the untrained human eye. Procuring food and supplies are the least of their worries, and they don’t even think of establishing a watch until after their house is bombed. They light fires because thermal energy radars don’t exist, they keep lights on during the night, they ride noisy motorcycles in the dark, just everything they do is wrong. Have they never seen a war or post-apocalyptic movie, novel, or anything before? There are even video games where you need to procure ammo and first aid in order to survive. Just because they’re teenagers doesn’t automatically mean they can’t have any form of common sense.
It took only 24 hours for Australia to be taken over, and they have no military to come to its aid, so it’s just up to these stereotyped teens. There’s not a lot of action, not a lot of run-ins with the hostile invaders. It’s mainly just talking and seeing how the characters have changed even though they’re pretty far removed from everything happening and haven’t gone through enough to really change their personalities. It happened so suddenly that they would still be in shock and thinking the invasion isn’t real, so it’s not even worth watching for the psychological aspect because it’s wrong. It even ends with them preparing for war (because again, stealth bombers, radars, and all the perks of a highly trained, well-equipped army is no match for a pack of stupid, emotionally charged teens),which is really where it should have begun, and somehow one of them had a rocket propelled grenade launcher. Where the hell did he get that from? His dad just had one lying around the house, and if so, why the fuck did he not use it before? It was just awful in every conceivable way.