Chinese Audiences Allegedly Mocked 'The Tomorrow War,' Bored of the Hero Role Always Played by the US

Chris Pratt in "The Tomorrow War." CREDIT: Publicity Photo

Chris Pratt will surely be devastated by the terrible review his latest movie, “The Tomorrow War,” received from anonymous “audiences” in China, who said “they’re bored of the hero role always played by the US,” according to Global Times, a Chinese state-affiliated media outlet.

Claiming the film “seems to be unable to satisfy Chinese audiences,” the paper goes on to say that:

“[M]any users grumbled the film was ‘illogical’ and ‘absurd,’ saying they’re bored of the bombastic America-style narration of US heroes saving the globe.”

Then do the same thing Americans do when they don’t like the vomitus spewed by Hollywood. Don’t go.

One question, though. How did Chinese audiences happen to see the film, which streams on Amazon Prime?

Heated discussion of “The Tomorrow War” was seen on Weibo on Friday, when a user posted a scene from the film that looks very much like Chinese students practicing military training at school. It remains unclear where the scene was originally from.

What also remains unclear is how Weibo users commented on scenes throughout the movie and story arcs if only “a scene” from “The Tomorrow War” was posted on the site, or how the user who posted the clip gained access to said clip. Not to worry, those Chinese audiences were really concerned about copyright infringement.

Other users concerned about the possible risk of copyright infringement asked whether the film asked for permission before using the scene. “I hope it was not a Chinese university’s video material that directors of the film downloaded from the internet,” one user joked.

The problem is that they were only concerned about US movie producers infringing upon a Chinese university’s copyright, not about Amazon’s property having been stolen by a Chinese hacker. (To be honest, Jeff Bezos probably would have just given everyone in China complimentary access to the film in return for sh***ing on the US.)

Judging by the other topics supposedly referenced on Weibo, Chinese “netizens” are quite up-to-date on world affairs and even mimic progressive talking points. It’s as if they watch CNN and MSNBC.

“Take a look at what US does in the real world: sending troops to the Middle East, withdrawing from many international organizations, launching a trade war against China…it is not a savior but a trouble maker,” one wrote user.

Another user mentioned the collapsed building in Florida. “Even now the US hasn’t found all the people trapped,” he wrote. “How can it save the whole world with such a poor rescuing ability?”

If these comments were actually made we’d have to forgive the people who made them, since they have no way of knowing that their government unleashed a pandemic upon the globe that has killed 4 million people (according to “official” statistics), that has ruined economies and lives, and yet has done bupkis to save, um, “the whole world.”

Chinese audiences “grumbled they’re tired of watching Americans save the globe on the big screen,” the report says, because “the hero role that the US always plays in Hollywood movies is inconsistent with the country’s irresponsible image in reality.”

Guess who’s not tired of watching Americans save the globe on the big screen? Americans. You know, the people who wrote the script, secured funding, hired actors and a production crew, and made the film — and whose countrymen founded the industry.

Fortunately for those weary Chinese audiences, there’s an easy solution. Chinese film studios can create their own films and — oh, wait. That’s right. Instead of developing their own artists and film industry, which would require allowing those artists to think freely (and believe us, we know what a pain in the a** those creative types can be), China relies upon industries in which they can use their people as slave labor employ their citizens at a factory and use stolen intellectual property to manufacture poor imitations of the products innovative Americans have developed.

Since the Chinese Communist Party just “celebrated” its 100th anniversary with a large propaganda fest party last week, it’s odd that their comms squads felt it necessary to put this piece out. It’s almost as if they’re trying to distract from growing internal issues such as the rash of “suicides” among regional party officials, a renewed emphasis on investigating the Wuhan coronavirus lab leak theory, and the defection of its top counterintelligence minister, Dong Jingwei. Or, that they’re sending a message to Hollywood that they’d better not be sending any more of these films that make America look good to China.

I can’t decide whether to laugh at this preschool-level piece of agitprop or to feel pity. But hey, progressives in the United States can take heart: We’ve finally found a group that’s even worse at trolling.

Really, you have to read the whole trainwreck of a piece and have yourself a laugh this Friday morning.