Movie Review: Tomorrowland


Starring: George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie and Raffey Cassidy

Directed by: Brad Bird

Release Date: May 20, 2015

Disney Pictures has once again created a film that leads with imagination and hope. Tomorrowland gives the viewing audience a glimpse of what the future could or could not look like depending on their actions today. The PG rated film  took $280 million to make but has only made a disappointing $72 million world wide which in Hollywood is considered a colossal flop considering how much money it took to make the film. But despite its dismal box office numbers the movie still is a must see for kids of all ages.

The movie begins when a young Frank Walker (Thomas Robinson) brings his jury rigged jet pack to the 1964 World’s Fair in New York to be judged on how futuristic it was. There, he meets a young android girl named Athena (Raffey Cassidy), who tells him to follow her through a portal which will take him to Tomorrowland. Once there, Frank explores the wonders which he has only dreamed of. The story then shifts to modern times as the viewing audience is introduced to a young lady named Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) who is wide eyed and optimistic about the future. Casey, at night while here father (Tim McGraw) and brother Pierce Gagnon) are asleep, goes to the local NASA facility and sabotages the equipment to save her dad’s job. One night while attempting to destroy more equipment she is arrested and placed in jail. Once her bail is posted she collects her belongings but notices a strange pin that she knows is not hers and then the real shenanigans begin.

Once Casey touches the pin she is whisked away to a strange land that she’s never seen before. After coming back home she attempts to tell her father but he refuses to believe her outrageous claims. After the pin runs out of energy, Casey goes looking for another one on Ebay.  She then leaves home only to get to the shop that has the pin and finds out that the proprietors of the establishment are robots (Keegan Michael Key, Kathryn Hahn) sent from the future to destroy anyone possessing a Tomorrowland pin. But in the nick of time Athena saves Casey and takes her to meet a much older Frank Walker (George Clooney).

The two get off to a rocky first introduction but become quick friends as robots sent from the future to retrieve the Tomorrowland pin attack them. Luckily Frank has safety measures throughout his home and an escape plan just in case something like this happened. The two would be heroes meet up with Athena and they venture to the future where they meet the evil dictator Nix (Hugh Laurie) who shows Casey how Frank created a machine that could predict the future and that the world would cease to exist in a month in her time frame.

Casey devises a plan that eventually stops this from happening and she, Frank and Athena save the day. Tomorrowland is basically a movie for children under the age of 13 because anyone over that age will get bored easily. Aside from the fact that the movie has spectacular special effects there are numerous holes in the plot and some of the dialogue makes absolutely no sense. If you have kids and you have about an hour and fifty minutes to blow (the running time of the movie) then bring the family but if not skip this one. Tomorrowland receives four stars out of 10 stars.