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From Edge of Tomorrow to Cloverfield: 8 films similar to The Tomorrow War to watch online

Ryan Gomez

Ryan Gomez
Jul 12, 2021

The Tomorrow War, the Amazon Prime exclusive, is a sci-fi action thriller starring Chris Pratt which ticks all the right boxes for a summer action flick. The film has been praised upon release by most fans and critics with its excellent opening act, gripping action sequences, and intriguing plot. The following is a list of films that have similar plot lines and themes to the film directed by Chris McKay.

Edge of Tomorrow
7.7OTTplay Rating
Arguably the most underrated sci-fi action movie from the decade. The film starring Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise, released in 2014 has very identical themes and plot points to The Tomorrow War. Directed by Doug Liman, the film perfectly balanced concepts from Groundhog Day in an excellent sci-fi action story. An argument could be made that The Tomorrow War is a little too similar. The story is about an alien race that can manipulate time, intent on wiping out the human civilisation from existence.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
8.9OTTplay Rating
This David Cameron masterpiece is often regarded as one of the greatest sci-fi action films of all time. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton reprise their roles from the first film. The subsequent sequel narrates the story about artificial intelligence taking over the world and wiping human beings to the brink of extinction. It is not an alien invasion like most of the other films on this list - the enemy in The Terminator series is man-made
8.8OTTplay Rating
The gold standard of the alien-horror genre - this timeless classic continues to inspire films including The Tomorrow War. Released in 1979, Ridley Scott film propelled Sigourney Weaver to stardom and is one of the first female actors to headline a major blockbuster. The film has since spawned an entire franchise with great success.
War of the Worlds
6.7OTTplay Rating
A list of sci-fi movies without mentioning an adaptation of HG Wells would not be complete. War of the Worlds based on Wells' book of the same name was released in 2005 starring Tom Cruise, Tim Robbins, and Dakota Fanning. It may not have been Steven Spielberg’s most revered directorial work, but the movie still manages to deliver an exciting story about an alien invasion.
Man of Steel
7.3OTTplay Rating
The film was criticised for its dark and realistic take on Superman on its release. However, Zack Snyder’s film, written by Christopher Nolan, has aged well. The film starring Henry Cavill as Superman explores several socio-political themes in the plot that involves an alien race’s attempt to take over the planet through genocide. There are a few other plot points from the third act of The Tomorrow War which are very similar to Man of Steel, and which cannot be mentioned without giving a few minor spoilers.
8.8OTTplay Rating
The best space exploration film since Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. It is one of Christopher Nolan’s best films, with an excellent ensemble cast of Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, John Lithgow, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley, Mackenzie Foy, and Matt Damon. Unlike the other films, this film does not deal with threats like outer world aliens or robots, but rather ecological changes that are slowly driving humanity from existence. The ‘time travel to save humanity’ aspect of the plot and the themes of fatherhood is mirrored in The Tomorrow Land.
7.1OTTplay Rating
This monster/alien invasion film is one of the more relatively unknown films when compared to the other blockbusters. The film, directed by the brilliant Matt Reeves, takes advantage of a unique film technique called ‘Found Footage’ to tell a story about a monster attack on New York City and how the residents are trying to survive. The ‘found footage’ technique does an excellent job at giving the audience an added sense of immersion and authenticity.
7.5OTTplay Rating
Another Christopher Nolan project makes the final entry in this list. It is also the only film released during the pandemic, probably one of the reasons why the film grossed lower on the box office than some of the other titles on this list. The film, starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson, is a complex story about saving the world using concepts reversing real time or reversing cause and effect.
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