Magazine August 2, 2021, Issue

Can Hollywood Still Make Blockbusters?

Alexis Louder and Chris Pratt in The Tomorrow War (Paramount Pictures)

If you’re in the market for an original blockbuster in this summer of post-COVID moviegoing — not a Marvel or DC production, not a Fast and Furious installment, but a story and characters you haven’t seen before — then your only real choice is The Tomorrow War, a science-fiction entertainment, starring Chris Pratt, with a delightfully insane hook: Thirty years in the future, an alien invasion has pushed the human race to the brink of extinction, leaving our descendants with no choice but to open a time-travel gateway back to 2022 and ask their parents and grandparents to come join

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This article appears as “Hollywood’s Blockbuster Problem” in the August 2, 2021, print edition of National Review.

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