The Tomorrow War movie review (2021)

Where to watch: Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

Trailer of The Tomorrow War

Rating: 3/5

Time: 2 hours, 18 minutes

Cast: Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, JK Simmons, Sam Richardson, Betty Gilpin

The Tomorrow War is a fun watch, although in terms of story there is nothing new here. We have a bunch of aliens, time travel and end-of-the-world scenario with one hero, Dan Forester (played by Chris Pratt) saving the world. Well, one hero and his daughter, Muri Forester (played by Yvonne Strahovski).

Although, the movie is full of cliches, it still has the thrills, special effects and fight sequences, that make it an interesting watch. The movie opens with a dramatic open sequence. We see Chris Pratt and others falling from the sky. If he had not fallen into a swimming pool, we would have lost our hero in the opening scene. We get to know that in the future, 30 years later, aliens have taken over the world and human species are faced with the threat of extinction. So, naturally, our hero has to time travel to the future to save the world.

Chris Pratt plays a character that we recognise from the Guardians of the Galaxy – a swashbuckling, goofy hero who gets the job done in the end. In the words of our hero “I have to do what nobody else is willing to do.” Cliched dialogues aside, The Tomorrow War keeps itself interesting from the beginning to the end and is well worth the watch.

The Tomorrow War

Where can I watch Harry Potter movies?

Ever since J.K. Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter book in 1997, the young boy wizard has captured the attention of young and old admirers alike. Readers thronged book stores to get their hands on the latest instalment of Harry Potter’s adventures.

So when the first movie, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was released in 2001, it was a super-duper hit. There are a total of 8 Harry Potter movies based on the books of the same name.

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) – On his eleventh birthday, young Harry Potter discovers he is the orphaned child of two powerful wizards. He is taken to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to learn about his unique heritage.
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) – Harry Potter is warned not to return to Hogwarts but he does. He encounters a series of mysterious attacks and events at the school.
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) – Harry returns with his friends, Ron and Hermione, for a third year at Hogwarts. They face the infamous prisoner, Sirius Black, who has escaped from Azkaban and is headed for Hogwarts.
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) – Harry Potter’s name emerges from the Goblet of Fire and he must represent Hogwarts in the Triwizard Tournament.
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix (2007) – Lord Voldermort has returned and the Ministry of Magic is doing everything it can to prevent the truth from coming out.
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) – Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts for the sixth year and finds that Lord Voldermort is tightening his grip on the school. Dumbledore prepares Harry for the inevitable final battle.
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) – Harry, Ron and Hermione set out to destroy the Horcruxes and discover the three most powerful objects in the wizarding world – the Deathly Hallows.
  8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011) – The final battle – it all ends here.

Where to stream Harry Potter movies in India?

There are multiple options to view Harry Potter movies online –

  1. Apple TV+ : Apple TV+ is offering all the eight Harry Potter movies as a bundle for Rs 2,900. You need to subscribe to their service which costs Rs 99 per month. Currently, you can get a free trial for 7 days, after which you will be charged Rs 99 per month.
  2. Amazon Prime Video: All eight Harry Potter movies are available on Amazon Prime Video. You need to subscribe to their service, which costs Rs 999 per year. This also includes ad-free music, and free and expedited delivery for e-commerce orders.
  3. Google Play – All eight Harry Potter movies are available on Google Play on rent for Rs 120 per movie. Once you rent, you can start to play it within 30 days and finish once started within 48 hours. Alternatively, you can buy each movie for Rs 620.

The Family Man – Season 2 review (2021)

Streaming on Amazon Prime

The Family Man Season 2

Rating: 4/5

Time: 9 episodes of approximately 40 minutes each

Cast: Manoj Bajpai, Priyamani, Samantha Akkineni, Sharib Hashmi, Seema Biswas

Season 2 of The Family Man is similar to Season 1 in terms of taking real-life, socio-political issues to create plot twists and turns in the story. While season 1 focussed on the Pakistan-sponsored terrorism angle in Jammu & Kashmir, Season 2 focuses on the LTTE and Tamil issue in Sri Lanka. In fact, the web series takes it one step further – what if India’s enemies – Pakistani jihadi terrorists and Tamil rebels were to unite to cause disruption in India?

The Family Man in a new avatar

Manoj Bajpai ably reprises his role as Srikant Tiwari but in a whole new life situation. After having resigned from TASC team at the NIA, he joins a 9-to-5 corporate job that lifts him out of his middle-class status. He has a brand-new car, his son has new gizmos and gadgets to play with and the family has made the downpayment on a brand, new flat. And he is working on his fractured marital relationship with wife, Shuchi (played by Priyamani). But his heart is not in his job. Guess, once a spy…always a spy?

A hostage situation in Chennai gives Tiwari the opportunity to get back in the game. His trusted colleague JK (played by Sharib Hashmi) provides him with news and updates on the current case and Tiwari realises his role is not behind a desk, working for a “minimum guy” boss but out in the field, fighting terrorists, following leads and catching the bad guys.

Exceptional performance by Samantha Akkineni

Samantha Akkineni as the Tamil rebel, Raji, is phenomenal. The award-winning actress has brought great depth and emotion to the complex character she has played.

Never a dull moment, Season 2 lives up to expectations of being a bingeworthy show. Interesting subplots, humorous and witty dialogues and strong performances by the entire cast make The Family Man one of the best Indian shows. So, get the snacks out….and don’t get up till the bad guys get caught.

The Family Man – Season 1 review (2019)

Streaming on Amazon Prime

Rating: 4/5

Time: 10 episodes of 45-50 minutes each

Cast: Manoj Bajpayi, Priyamani, Sharib Hashmi, Gul Panag, Dalip Tahil

Our very own Indian spy with the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) is fighting terrorists across the border, conducting online surveillance, and getting into gun fights on the streets of Mumbai. But at the end of the day he has to get back to his mundane middle-class home, a wife and two children, and his middle-class car. The Family Man is an edge-of-the-seat thriller that has enough plot twists and turns to keep you hooked till the tenth episode. There are plenty of laughs too as our protagonist lives out his double life – spy in the office and husband and father at home.  

Srikant Tiwari’s (played by Manoj Bajpai) wife and two children are blissfully unaware of the actual nature of their father’s job. His wife Suchitra (played by Priyamani) attempts to chart her own career and work through workplace relationships, while managing home and children. All the while, she genuinely believes that all her husband does at his desk job is pushing files.

The Family Man manages to touch on a wide variety of socio-political events of the day, including jihadi terrorism, Hindu nationalism, mob lynchings, student politics, and mass surveillance tactics by intelligence agencies. All of these issues provide enough action and drama to propel the series forward through 10 episodes.

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series review (2018-2019)

Streaming on Amazon Prime

Rating: 4/5

Time: 2 seasons, 16 episodes

Cast: John Krasinski, Wendell Pierce, Abbie Cornish, Noomi Rapace, Dina Shihabi

Bestselling novelist Tom Clancy’s spy character, Jack Ryan’s adventures have been dramatised on Amazon Prime’s series of the same name. 

In the first season, Jack Ryan transitions from a desk job as a CIA analyst to the field as he pursues a digital trail of suspicious bank transfers leading to the dreaded Islamic terrorist, Suleiman. In the second season, the story shifts to Venezuela where the threat is Russia supplying nuclear weapons to an unstable South American regime. 

Never a dull moment, the storylines in both seasons are absorbing with sufficient twists and turns to keep you engaged till the end of the series.

Without Remorse (2021)

Rating: 1/5

Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Jodie Turner-Smith, Jamie Bell, Guy Pearce

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

Without Remorse has all the cliches of a US spy thriller – a Navy SEAL wants to avenge his family’s death and turns rogue. He and only he is able to find out an international conspiracy and in the meantime, the CIA is actively involved in hiding the truth. Based on Tom Clancy’s novel, the story is not very different from hundreds of other spy novels in the same genre. In addition to a predictable story line, the script is uninspiring, with dialogues that you would have heard many times before. In fact, you’ll be easily able to guess the real villain half way into the movie.

Without Remorse is supposed to be the first instalment in a series (similar to Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan movie series) but without a major overhaul of the main story idea and excellent script, there will be few takers for the next movie.

Any good things about this movie, you ask? Michael B. Jordan (playing the main protagonist, Jack Kelly) provides a decent performance effectively portraying the anger and helplessness felt by his character. Another notable performance is by Jodie Turner-Smith, who plays his supportive boss.

It is a forgettable movie. Save your time and watch something else.