I saw a film starring John Lithgow and Blythe Danner. Honestly, I should just end the review there. You know it’s going to be good…like really good. If you have a chance to see Noble Jones’ The Tomorrow Man, by all means, do it. 8 out of 10 stars.
So, now I’m contractually obligated to give a few more details. John Lithgow plays Ed Hemsler, a man who spends most of his time in front of a computer in various doomsday chat rooms. The film opens with Ed on the phone with his son, Brian (Derek Cecil), emphatically warning him to have it get-away pack ready for the big SHTF (S**t-Hit-The-Fan) event. Ed is a hard-core doomsday prepper. He’s rigged the back of his house and turned it into a bunker loaded with more non-perishable food than you can imagine, along with an elaborate generator and exhaust system.
“…a hard-core doomsday prepper. He’s rigged the back of his house and turned it into a bunker…”
When not theorizing on various conspiracy theories, Ed either stays home or heads to the local market for supplies. At the market, he spots Ronnie (Blythe Danner) and immediately takes a fancy to her. He proceeds to semi-stalk her and makes his move by parking his truck too close alongside her car door. He then follows Ronnie to the town gift shop, where she works. Soon persistence pays off and she agrees to dinner and a date.
Eyes locked and sparks fly, the two are officially in love. On the way home, Ronnie tells Ed that she doesn’t want him to go to her place for a very particular, meaningful reason. Instead, they fall asleep on Ed’s couch watching old war movies (at Ronnie’s request). Both Ed and Ronnie are enamored with one another, but both have a pretty big secret that could stand in the way of love. We know Ed’s and if you want to know Ronnie’s read the film synopsis. Otherwise, it might be fun not to spoil it.