Tomorrow When The War Began
In 1993 John Marsden penned the first of the Tomorrow Series, Tomorrow When The War Began. Over the decade it has become one of Australasia’s most read books in schools. So its surprising its taken so long to make it to the big screen. But fear not its here, even only after less than a years worth of production time.
If your not a fan of the book, some background: Ellie Winton is a 17 year old living in the small town of Wirrawee. She decides its time to go on an adventure and sets forth collecting a rag tag of local teens to head further up the river than they ever have been. Upon returning from their adventure they discover that the world has completely changed, with an invading force and a town under martial law. The debate then begins, do they lay low or do they fight a guerrilla style battle against the invaders.
So does it translate well? Well to quote a two way conversation from this movie:
Ellie : The movie wasn’t as good as the book.
Robyn : Movies never really are.
And with that your left wondering if the writer was taking a dig at his own story. However it does highlight the fact that as a standalone movie its probably not all that great.
The problem is that the story is very focused on the world view from the teenagers perspective. So if your expecting to see a significant amount of war action your going to be out of luck. But if you have read the books you should be we rewarded with a fairly decent movie adaptation.
When you take into consideration the following this book has and the number of Australia’s soap and sitcom stars featuring, this should be a reasonably good hit for the region.
Reviewed by: Urbankiwi