TOMORROW, WHEN THE WAR BEGAN
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.