Watch: Tomorrow, When the War Began 2010 123movies, Full Movie Online – In a small Australian town, seven teenage friends go on a camping trip to be with nature. During their trip, they see military aircraft fly overhead. What they don’t know is that their country is being invaded. Returning home, they discover that they are at war. With no training, they band together to fight the enemy..
Plot: Ellie Linton, a teen from an Australian coastal town, leads her friends on an excursion to a camp deep in the woods, dubbed “Hell.” Upon their return, the youths find that their town has been overrun by an enemy army, and their friends and family have been imprisoned. When the hostile invaders become alerted to their presence, Ellie and her friends band together to escape — and strike back against — this mysterious enemy.
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Swept me up and took me on an exhilarating ride!
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 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.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 44 min (104 min), 1 hr 43 min (103 min) (Australia)
Genre Action, Adventure, Drama
Director Stuart Beattie
Writer John Marsden, Stuart Beattie
Actors Caitlin Stasey, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Lincoln Lewis
Awards 8 wins & 14 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Zeiss Master Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Arricam ST, Zeiss Master Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Arriflex 235, Zeiss Master Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Phantom HD Camera
Laboratory The Lab, Sydney, Australia (digital intermediate)
Film Length 2.86 m (Portugal, 35 mm)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision2 50D 5201, Vision3 500T 5219)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), HDTV (1080p/24) (high-speed shots) (source format), Super 35 (3-perf) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic), D-Cinema