THURS­DAY

TO­MOR­ROW, WHEN THE WAR BE­GAN

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

9PM, ELEVEN ★★

As the open­ing in­stal­ment of what later be­came a best-selling se­ries, au­thor John Mars­den’s 1993 novel To­mor­row, When the War Be­gan has been a prized read for an en­tire gen­er­a­tion of young Aus­tralians. Done well – or even just mod­er­ately ef­fec­tively – this teen-skew­ing ac­tion flick could pave the way for an un­prece­dented home-grown fran­chise. Un­for­tu­nately, mod­er­ately ef­fec­tive is as good as it gets here, de­spite the best ef­forts of some tal­ented new­com­ers among its cast, and a smat­ter­ing of im­pres­sive stand-alone scenes. A loopy, hard-to-ac­cept story fol­lows a group of teens fight­ing for their lives af­ter Aus­tralia has been in­vaded and con­quered by for­eign ag­gres­sors. Stars Caitlin Stasey.

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