- Actors: Caitlin Stasey, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Lincoln Lewis
- Directors: Stuart Beattie
- Writers: Stuart Beattie
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 19 Sept. 2011
- Run Time: 104 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 66 customer reviews
- ASIN: B004CYECFE
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,627 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Tomorrow, When The War Began [DVD]
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When their country is invaded and their families are taken, eight unlikely high school teenagers band together to fight. Set in Aust ralia.
Based on the novel by John Marsden, Tomorrow, When The War Began is the story of Ellie Linton, one of a group of teenagers embroiled in an ongoing guerrilla war, trying to defend their hometown from outside invaders. Made and set in Australia, the movie stars Caitlin Stasey as Ellie, and pulls in strong support from the likes of Rachel Hurd-Wood and Lincoln Lewis.
It’s a bumpy film at times, not helped by a script that’s not particularly even. And yet by the final credits it has comfortably transcended its flaws, thanks to some excellent direction and strong action sequences. As an action adventure film, Tomorrow, When The War Began is most certainly one to watch, and should satisfy most fans of the novel.
The Blu-ray is the best way to catch the film, with the visuals and action really benefiting from a high definition upgrade. The audio mix, too, is set to give a good home cinema setup a thorough workout.
Tomorrow, When The War Began might not be perfect, but it’s nonetheless an exciting, engaging movie, played nicely by its cast, and with welcome surprises up its sleeve. --Jon Foster
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I'll wrap this up with the opening from Ellie Linton:
"I’m not gonna hold back. I warned the others that I wouldn’t. Recording like this is so important to us. I guess it’s our way of telling ourselves that we matter. That we mean something. Maybe… Some of the things we’ve done and the friends that we’ve lost… hopefully it all makes a difference somehow. There's only one way to do this. And that's to go back to where it all began."
This is what this movie sets out to do and in my opinion it does a good job of it too. It is seemingly based on a book of the same name (Tomorrow, When the War Began), which seems to have been receiving fairly positive reviews on Amazon as well.
A group of teenagers goes for a camping trip to a remote location and they return to a world completely alien to them - an Australia invaded by a foreign power. To them remains the decision whether to run and hide, surrender or fight.
While this all sounds a bit like Wolverines it is nowhere nearly as cheesy, pathetic or poorly executed. The various people in the group display various ways of dealing with the dilemma, and seem pretty well modelled. Sure enough, the tone does turn up a bit patriotic in the end and they get idealised at some point but at least there is a pretty good description of how the patriotism develops.
The acting is decent throughout, the story of how such an invasion could happen to a country, which is demonstrably superior to its neighbours militarily is even relatively plausible (if still somewhat far fetched - but that is not the point of the movie) and while the ending is a bit predictable, I still rate the movie quite highly.
Most importantly, it will leave you thinking of how you yourself would react in such a situation. Clearly no movie or amount of thinking will give you a picture of how you would face such a situation, if it ever came, but it will at least probably let you ponder various scenarios for days after seeing the movie.
However the most poignant moment for me in the entire film was not the explosions or the action, but rather the young girl, determined she would not kill or murder someone, snatch up an assault rifle and shoot down the soldiers who where firing upon her friends.....a sad thing to watch even in this violent world we live in.
So well done to the Australian film makers if that's the messages you were trying to portray.
The movies focus is only on the main characters, rarely does it try to explain the background to why the invasion is happening. In this case at least though, I didn't feel it was necessary as it left more time time in developing the characters, which this movie does very well. The action scenes are for the most part very convincing, and unlike several movies that have been released in recent times, are just a part of the story, as oppose to making the story.
It may be worth remembering that the book this movie was based on was meant for 'young adults', which I am not! That said I think that there is plenty good about the movie for any age. For a movie with a fraction of the budget of Hollywood blockbusters it compares favourably with anything I have seen recently. Best of all, When the War Began was the first in a series of 3 books and based on how popular its been down under, a sequel seems quite likely.
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