A high school swim champion with a troubled past enrolls in the U.S. Coast Guard's "A" School, where legendary rescue swimmer Ben Randall teaches him some hard lessons about loss, love, and self-sacrifice.
The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision corner with his older brother.
Seven Australian teenage friends from a small town go on a camping trip to be with nature. During their trip, they see military aircraft fly overhead. What they didn't know was their country was being invaded by another country. Returning home, they discover that they are at war. With no training, they band together to fight the enemy. Written by
Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)
This is a pretty good movie. It is based on a pretty good book. However, the adaptation of the book to the movie is outstanding.
It is a near cliché source of frustration for those of us who enjoy both media that the visual interpretations of written stories usually fall short of our hopes. Yet, Tomorrow When the War Began is, in my opinion, very nearly perfect.
Admittedly, John Marsden's book is rather better suited to the translation than most. It is not overly long, nor complex; it also is quite character driven, yet not by characters that are so extraordinary that they can't be portrayed well on screen. Nevertheless, I was very favorably impressed by the job done by the filmmakers. They managed to keep the best of the premise, the tone, the interactions, and the ideas of the book. I think they even managed to improve the pace a bit.
The cinematography and visual effects are very well done, but the casting is one of the strongest features of this movie. Caitlin Stasey as Ellie is excellent, Deniz Akdeniz as Homer is great, and all the others do quite well. Sure, they are all relatively inexperienced (something of a requirement considering the age of the characters) and sometimes lack polish, but they are generally very good.
My conclusion: I enjoyed this movie quite a lot, no less for having read and enjoyed the book, perhaps more. The haters are going to hate, but if you like the book, or if this story sounds like one you might enjoy, give it a try.
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