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Old September 2nd, 2010, 09:01 AM   #1
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Tomorrow. When The War Began.

After a visit to an old people's home I tarried by the Armadale Cinemas and saw that "Tomorrow. When The War Began" was screening.

The author, John Marsden's books began whilst the world's paranoid sensibilities were in a different place and the average John Humble Citizen's world view was perhaps a little less informed and sophisticated than nowadays.

The Cold War and all the proxy skirmishes which were being fought and the Russkies and the Chinese, both of communistic persuasion, were propagated by the West to be the devil collectively incarnate and about to send us all to hell in a nuclear armageddon.

Marsden's first book and its successors tapped into a teen demographic and also an older generation, still minded of the Second World War and how close-run a thing it was for Australia.

The movie is everything an action-adventure favourer would wish for, the truck-chase scene though the country town is mint - well I thought so anyway.

It is unusual for me to buy into many Australian films these days, however this one works.

The film is essentially faithful to the book but has been carefully brought up to date and taps into modern sensibiities and paranoias.

Specifically and courageously, it touches on the "forbidden" topic, which drives urgency of mining our mineral riches out of the ground and from under the oceans now whilst we can still get money for them, lest other nations who covet them, come and take them from us.

As was Marsden seemingly careful to avoid causing political and diplomatic tensions, the writers and makers of this film have also taken care not to demonise any particular nation as an enemy of Australia.

Marsden's books have been regarded by some as a "Red Dawn" rip-off and this attribution may taint 'Tomorrow When The War Began" if it is not released and promoted heavily in the US market before the remake of the movie "Red Dawn" is released.

It is however its own story and stands in its own right.

Don't sit on your hands. You'll only make them numb. Go and see this movie. You wil be glad you did.

Paramount have put their moniker on the movie. I think it may help their bottom line considerably if they don't neglect it.
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