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Plot: When their country is invaded and their families are taken, eight unlikely high school teenagers band together to fight. Runtime: 103 mins Release Date: 02 Sep 2010
I've just finished watching the world premiere of "Tomorrow When the War Began" in Sydney with my son. We've both read the complete "Tomorrow" book series, which we loved - so we went expecting the movie to not live up to the book because movies generally don't, do they? Well, we were really pleasantly surprised as this movie is a wonderful adaption.A great cast of "unknowns" become the characters we know and love. They did a fabulous job of capturing the essence of the book with the right balance of action, character development and teenage romance. <more>
It really is a fantastic effort and I would be very surprised if this film doesn't smash it at the box office.We both wanted to sit there and watch it all over again!
First book of one of Australia's Best Fiction series Comes to the big screen (by Isawthat)
"Tomorrow When the war Began" is the First book in the Series known as the "Tomorrow Series", a series of seven books and a further series known as "The Ellie Chronicles" by Australian Author John Marsden.This Book was Year ten English reading for many Australian schools in the late 90's and early 00'sTomorrow when the War Began concerns itself with seven Australian teenage friends from a rural town who go on a camping trip to "Hell" the name given to the destination , and while on this camping trip find the way to an area many thought myth, a <more>
place well hidden, while camping in this newly found place Australia is invaded by an unnamed country, changing their lives forever.The Movie does live up to the books, though it is ten years since I last read them, I still choke up at the thought of several of the scenes depicted in the book, and seeing them on the big screen, depicted as well as I could have hoped has left me yearning for the rest of this series to be as well done.I will be purchasing the DVD as soon as it comes out.Good work.10 out of 10!
I was going to come home saying that I loved this movie regardless of what I saw on the screen. But I was blown away by how good it is.Having read all of the books, I had high expectations with each of them met - Wirrawee being as I pictured, the reactions when Ellie and her friends return to find everyone gone.And I adore the score! It keeps people who know exactly how the story will unfold on the edge of their seat the entire time! At the Perth premier there's a lot to be said for winning free tickets , Caitlin Stasey called for everyone who liked the film to tell everyone about it so <more>
our industry could keep making them. I am doing my bit to let everyone know how fantastic this movie is.Will definitely pay to see it next time.
Fresh Story, cast & direction makes it the one fo the most Entertaining movie of 2010. loved it! (by saadgkhan)
TOMORROW, WHEN THE WAR BEGAN – CATCH IT A It won't be wrong to say that it's one of the freshest stories I have seen in recent time on cinema. The concept of the movie is purely Brilliant, I have never read the novels but it seems like they got everything 99% right. Ever since I have seen its promos I knew this Australian movie will be a true joy to watch and I was right about that. The fresh cast and story of the movie makes it truly remarkable and entertaining. The direction, cinematography and production of the movie is really great, it makes it what it is today. Caitlin <more>
Stasey leads the pack strongly, she is young and fierce. Rachel Hurd-Wood is gorgeous and she brings the softness to the movie, which is really necessary to get relatable. Lincoln Lewis is the callous boyfriend of Rachel's and it's really nice to see how he transforms into caring Boyfriend as the movie progresses. Deniz Akdeniz is a Champ and fun to watch. Phoebe Tonkin is not only gorgeous but very talented too. Chris Pang, well I may not agree with his looks but he is talented indeed! Ashleigh Cumming is talented. Andrew Ryan is average looking guy so I hoped they had some handsome stud rather. Overall, Tomorrow, When the War Begin is highly enjoyable and captivating because of its Brilliant story, direction, cinematography, acting and Action sequences. Now I can't wait for the sequels, which will be releasing in 2012 & 2013.
Excellent movie. Thought provoking too. (by flintknapper_344)
I saw 'TWTWB' last night. Great Movie!Based on the first book of the John Marsden series, it follows a group of teenagers who go camping for a weekend, and return home to find their country has been invaded, and their families put in a concentration camp, some of their community killed. What would you do? They fight back.Australians inhabit a continent rich in resources and space. Both of which are in short supply in the world today, and that will become increasingly the case as the 21st century progresses. The authoritative 'Jane's Defence...' sees that rich prize as <more>
being envied by others, so the scenario is not far-fetched. The politically correct are worried, it seems, that the invaders, are non-specifically, but clearly Asian, and are worried about upsetting them. 'Well Hello' people, that is the most likely source of an attack on Australia, deal with it.The plot was good, quite faithful to the book as I recall - it is now almost 20 years since I read it . The dialogue let the script down a little on a couple of occasions, The lead actors were very good, the supporting ones a little less so. The photography and sets truly represent the Australian bush and a typical country town.In parts, Stuart Beattie does a better job as scriptwriter than John Marsden in the original book. John has no military background, and it shows. He seems to suggest in the books that it would be possible to fight an invader without taking up arms. Whereas Stuart shows it is very necessary to have arms, and know how to use them. In the 1st Act, Ellie and Homer hunt rabbits, which the group have a collective feast of - so they at least have a useful knowledge of shooting and hunting - sadly, most Australian teens are denied those experiences and skills these days .Whether it means to or not, it asks some questions worthy of debate in Australia. Are there those who envy Australia and wish to take what we have? Who would it likely be if they did? How would we fight back?It will inevitably be compared to 'Red Dawn'. but it is different, and that would do this, exceptional story, a great dis-service though Red Dawn is pretty good too .
This is a great Australian movie, and not just because it's a faithful adaptation of a well-loved book. The action feels realistic and doesn't take over the whole movie, and there are some real edge of your seat moments. For a movie about the beginning of a war, the violence is actually minimal, but it's appropriately shocking and disturbing when it does occur. It's exciting and well-paced: you're not waiting for it to end, or waiting for something to happen. Most surprisingly, for a cast of largely unknown young actors Australian soapies don't count , the acting is <more>
pretty good and you really feel yourself being pulled along with these kids. There are a few cringe-worthy moments, but generally they sit well in their characters and give genuine and quite touching performances. Robyn Ashleigh Cummings was especially good, playing the moral and religious character without making her seem uptight or old-fashioned. I'm glad that John Marsden turned down so many offers over a 100 to turn this story into a movie, it's a real testament to his credibility that he wanted it done properly, he wasn't just out to make money. It's the little touches that I liked. When Ellie looks at an cartoon mural in town showing English soldiers confronting Aboriginal people at First Contact, there's a subtle reminder that Australia actually has been invaded by strangers before.
Tomorrow When the War Began, may bring unintended consequences (by jay-mail1)
This film, Tomorrow When the War Began, is the first in an intended series of three films, to be followed by a television series, depending on box office receipts. It was a substantial investment for an Australian feature film, at $20 million, and its production values are generally excellent. DOP Ben Nott has done a superb job of capturing some of the beauty of Australia's bush and mountains, alternating with that serenity, the fast paced action sequences, with gun fights, car chases, explosions and general mayhem.Although there are a number of small technical criticisms I noted, this <more>
film still rises way above the average fair, and its 143 minutes duration literally flies past, leaving you a little disappointed for want of more.I have not read the seven book novel series, written by John Marsden, which the film is based on, so I was seeing the film and judging it on its merits, and I know the youth, in particular, who are familiar with the books, will love the film, as will many older folk who do not know Marsden's work.The actors generally put in strong performances; however, there are a few awful character clichés which more than jar, which does disrupt one's involvement momentarily. I have written a more in depth analysis, which does not contain plot or ending spoilers, but does partly describe some scenes for critical purposes, on my film review site. On other criticisms, some logic and laws of physics have been bent, for dramatic purposes which, in my opinion, detract from the effect. Realism, if respected on every level, always impresses more. The Hollywood multi-angle multi shot of the same effect is cartoonish and helps to degrade a drama, rather than enhance it. This film does commit some sins, but it is head and shoulders above the usual Hollywood fair, in the action genre.In closing, I recommend you see this film, for it reveals a, potentially, extremely contentious issue, regarding the invaders, which may have historical socio-political repercussions, more than any other Australian film before it, particularly throughout Asia.This film will be remembered by many for a number of reasons. It is definitely worth the price of the ticket!
didn't want to watch came out loving it (by hayleycrouch)
My boyfriend had been nagging me for weeks saying that we had to go watch "Tomorow when the war began" as soon as it came out, i really did not want to see this film, as i didn't think it would appeal to me and i thought it would be another "BOY" movie.I went into the cinema with that thought and came out loving the movie, wanting to see it again! It was fantastic the actors in this movie where incredible, they felt so real and made you feel like you where involved with the story.It did scare me, and i covered my eyes and jumped at a few scenes but i also had laughter <more>
and moments of happiness and sadness. The time flew past, when it got to the end i said "is that it, is it over already". it disappointed me that it ended how it did, but my boyfriend informed me that there is going to be more to the series where it will continue on, and i hope that he is right, because i cant wait to see more!!! 8 out 10 GOOD JOB
Swept me up and took me on an exhilarating ride! (by simmmz)
Fans of the Tomorrow book series rejoiced at the news of a cinematic adaptation of John Mardson's iconic Australian teen epic, Tomorrow When the War Began. As an enthusiast of the first 3 books in a series of 7 , I was ecstatic that it would get big screen treatment and not some shitty b-grade telly movie as I had feared. I'm pleased to announce that I walked out of this energised, with a racing pulse and a smile on the face. For those unfamiliar with the material, the concept of is pretty much identical to Red Dawn – a group of teens from a country town go camping for a weekend to <more>
find out their country has been invaded, and their family have been held captive. They hide out and guerrilla warfare ensues. Thematically, the film captures the clichéd 'working together' virtues of friendship corn from the novel. It is definitely in the writing that the film falls down well, more of a stumble than a fall. I found this particularly unusual given the writer/director is Stuart Beattie – a screenwriter with an exceptional resume. He handles action far better than he handles characters in his directorial debut. Despite the ham and cheese in the writing, the broader screenplay is emotionally satisfying.Whilst the acting is not of the highest calibre, I would say it was on par with other large franchise films with a young, teen cast specifically Harry Potter and Twi . The actor who plays Lee is the weakest link here. Although he has the visual presence for the role, his delivery is consistently wooden. Caitlyn Stacey was a standout for me. She displays genuine emotion, genuine intensity and fear. I would have preferred if she spoke like less of a 'toff', and ripped into that bogan Aussie accent, but she brings a solid and believable strength. As well as capturing the essence of the novel, the action sequences have been stunningly realised. The visuals have a polished look and feel, on par with films with a much higher budget this had only $20AUD million thus I believe it would stand up well in an international market. By any standards, the action is exhilarating and has been directed with clarity. Although I wouldn't have minded a bit more grit to the imagery, the cinematography is exceptional and captures the Australian landscapes beautifully. The soundtrack and score was nicely chosen, and the balance of humour and darker tones was effective. Whilst not being the major box office success some would have liked, The Dead of the Night has been green lit, so thankfully there is more to come in this promising franchise. Despite some awkwardness, there is an energy in the characters and action that permeates Tomorrow When the War Began, making it an entirely gripping experience. For me, this was resonant action that sweeps you up and takes you on an exhilarating and emotionally fulfilling ride.