Beyond the film’s grandiose sci-fi elements, it deals with an array of contemporary family themes and the notion of what one generation owes to the next, as Dan is determined to rewrite the future in order to create a better life for his daughter.
During a virtual press conference for the film, Pratt and screenwriter Zach Dean explained how the movie’s story plays with the idea of conscription and the motivations that inherently drive a person to enlist.
“The idea of not having it be about necessarily an ideology or patriotism or loyalty to protect your country, but being about literally your desire to save your own kids,” Dean said. “Who doesn’t sign up for that? It’s a different thing.