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Tomorrow When The War Began

Rachel Hurd-Wood , Phoebe Tonkin , Stuart Beattie  |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rachel Hurd-Wood, Phoebe Tonkin
  • Directors: Stuart Beattie
  • Writers: Stuart Beattie
  • Producers: Michael Boughen, Peter D. Graves, Christopher Mapp, Andrew Mason, Matthew Street
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Freestyle Digital Media
  • DVD Release Date: February 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0073JF4ES
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,690 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Tomorrow When the War Began is a film about seven college bound friends who return from a weekend camping trip to discover that a foreign army has invaded their Australian homeland. With their friends and families taken prisoner, they must band together and find a way to fight for their freedom and survival. TWTWB is based on the best-selling book series and is written and directed by Stuart Beattie, whose writing credits include "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl," "Collateral" and "G.I. Joe," and produced by Andrew Mason ("The Matrix" Trilogy; "Dark City").

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining adaption of an excellent book! January 8, 2011
This is the film adaption of John Marsden's 1993 novel of a group of teenagers caught up in a foreign invasion of Australia. In short - it's great! Given the books popularity, I had some concerns that the film might not do it justice and it might look like `Home & Away' (Australian TV Soap) goes to war! But the actors, most with TV acting experience, do a creditable job and aren't there solely for their looks or profile. For the most part they fit what a normal group of teens would look like and as the action kicks in they take on a suitably unkempt look anyway. Of the key characters, Homer was very good and most importantly, Ellie worked for me too. There was a surprise or two in terms of casting choices and frankly Robyn will not work for everyone. A real plus was that some of the secondary characters get more exposure than in the book. The interactions between them all are fine, with the humour in particular being well delivered. For those concerned about coarser things, there is a little bit of sexual conversation but no nudity, some low level drug use and I'm pleased to say minimal bad language.

With a film adaption there are always a few tweaks to the original story and I have to say that for me, these all worked quite well and in a number of scenes, were very good. There was also some additional information on the wider situation with the war and this was most welcome given the book is very vague on this aspect. All the key events in the book are there and the film makers did a good job constructing them. There are plenty of explosions and the war violence is conveyed in a stronger manner than in the book. It is quite action packed and I found it to be genuinely exciting at times! It is not Mad Max and it shouldn't be either.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie based on excellent book March 2, 2012
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This movie begins as a coming of age romance story set in Australia. It becomes an action flick when Australia is invaded and the characters have to fight to survive.
It is a satisfying coming of age story but spends too much time developing characters (done well) to be a great action flick.

I am also a fan of Red Dawn, but thought this movie was much better.

If you are a fan of the young adult series Tomorrow When the War Began know that this movie fits the first book quite well and thoroughly sets the scene for a sequel (or nine). I have read the books, where all the components are thoroughly fleshed out, I rather enjoyed the movie.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Australia's "Red Dawn". October 1, 2011
Based on a series of bestselling young adult author James Marsden's books, this details the lives of teenagers living out a last bit of fun with an adventurous road trip/camping vacation to a remote area, before school is about to come back in session. Starts off innocently and freewheeling enough as they leave a small country Wirrawee town somewhere in NSW. One night one of the kids awakens to the sound of squadrons of jets zooming overhead... and goes back to sleep thinking nothing of it.

When the teenagers pack up and return from their "secret" grotto which they established is theirs, they find most of the homes abandoned,families missing, power out,dogs shot dead, and vehicles burning. Going further into the center of town by nightfall they soon see the truth: Australia has been invaded by an unknown, Asian "Coalition" possibly Chinese, Indonesian or Burmese-or all of them. Brutal and uncompromising, anyone arguing with them in the "indoctrination" prison camps they've set up is shot dead.

The group, unknown at this point to the invaders, runs back into the country homes to hide, and start making plans to defend their town and rescue their loved ones. They also realize the massive scope of this war with various radio snippets and the shocking realization that the world cannot help them, they're on their own. The smaller Australia forces are overwhelmed by the massive invasion which seeks to annex Australia for it's natural resources and vast areas of open land. They become guerilla fighters taking the battle to the enemy on their own terms. WHen they realize the enemy has figured out they are hiding in their family's homes(one is completely firebombed) they retreat further to their hard to access vacation grotto and start making more ambitous plans.

Overall pretty good film, filled with teenage angst and doubts and some fairly good special effects, one depicting an air battle.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "It's Time To Go To War!" November 3, 2011
This is the box office smash that took Australia by storm, and the rest of the world is catching up. It is taken from the `teen novels' written by John Marsden and follows the book very closely. It is about a group of friends who decide to have a weekend getting back to nature; that is sleeping under the stars and catching your own food etc. They borrow Ellie's dads' Land Rover and set off. Whilst they are there they see `a whole bunch' of military aircraft passing over head but have no idea of the significance. Ellie is the charismatic female alpha figure played brilliantly by Caitlin Stasey.

On their return they find animals dead, places abandoned and everybody missing. That is when the really start to worry. After hunting around they discover that the entire town of Wirawee, is being held prisoner at the Show Ground. They slowly piece together what has happened and realise that an unnamed country of `coalition' forces has invaded Australia to exploit its resources. The kids have no military training, and few weapons, and a lot of growing up to do. Despite all of that they decide they have to fight back.

This has been criticised for being a poor take on `Red Dawn' and at first I thought so too, but it is actually quite original in that it is not that black and white. The main male positive character is Asian Chris Pung playing LeeTakkon. Yet the invaders seem to be Oriental so who is the enemy? A point on the production they deliberately use different languages and then mix them up so you are not able to work out who the invaders are. We also have issues of cowardice, religious ethics, vegemite and the right use of make up.

The CGI is excellent, the scenery is stunning and the whole thing has a confidence in its own ability, and it does not fail to deliver.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this movie!
This movie was incredible! I was very much drawn into the plight of these kids. I was pleasantly surprised not to see them having sex with each other at every juncture, but... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shon R. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars ... mail via Netflix they asked me what it was like I replied that it...
I saw this movie when I was in college and when I watch come in the mail via Netflix they asked me what it was like I replied that it was similar to Red Dawn as far as the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by JoeE
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Came on time and I really like the movie.
Published 1 month ago by Vickie Lee Voelker
2.0 out of 5 stars The Disney Version of Red Dawn
This is a silly movie. Really good photography though. Some good kid actors. Shouldn't glamorize war for kids.
Published 2 months ago by D. Laster
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film. Follows the type of National Invasion of ...
Excellent Film. Follows the type of National Invasion of other (Communist) Nations to destroy/take over and turn into a Communist Run
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Published 2 months ago by John G. O'Hara
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, looking for a sequel
Movie was veyr accurate and enjoyable rendition of the terrific John Marsden series of books set in Australia, with the 1st book having many good action scenes of which the movie... Read more
Published 3 months ago by peggyb
1.0 out of 5 stars Wow, very bad
I was thinking a Red Dawn but not so much. Pretty bad movie with no real action until near the end (which I was hard pressed to get to). Read more
Published 5 months ago by GregP
4.0 out of 5 stars reminds me of Red Dawn (which it is meant to resemble)
This little flick is based Down Under, and the story revolves around a group of teens who find themselves having to fight to survive against an enemy invasion. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Paul Buckner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
A wonderful series for young readers who do not really like to read. This series will hook them on the written word.
Published 7 months ago by bibliophile
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film from Down-under
Excellent what if war movie, strong characterizations and well acted, unlike many films of this genre, which care more for action than caring about the players.
Published 8 months ago by J. Blake
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