FILM REVIEW: TOMORROWLAND (12A)

This fails to build on a genuinely exciting premise by lacking the very imagination that should have been its most overwhelming factor.

Based on the famous themed land in Disney’s California and Orlando-based parks – and obviously looking for a small portion of the success that the Mouse House’s famous ride-turned-movie Pirates of the Caribbean has achieved – this sci-fi adventure initially shows so much promise.


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We’re then whisked off to the present day where optimistic teenager Casey (Britt Robertson) comes across a special pin with the letter ‘T’ on it that transports her to the very same cityscape whenever she touches it.

But unfortunately the powers that be – primarily the de facto leader Nix (Hugh Laurie) – haven’t revealed Tomorrowland’s existence to the world, and sends killer androids to make sure it remains that way, putting Casey’s life in danger.

That is until she locates a now grown-up Frank (George Clooney) – who was banished from this once-idyllic utopia – and bound by a shared destiny, embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of this place in another dimension.

Sadly, while that sounds all well and good, The Incredibles director Brad Bird, Clooney, Robertson and co – despite their best collective efforts – can’t prevent this audacious and well-intentioned attempt collapsing under the weight of a half-baked ‘eco-babble’ story, which has more in common with Michael Jackson’s ‘Earthsong’ than the land it’s meant to be based on.


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It’s kind of like the producers and writers ran out of ideas in a ‘brainstorming’ session – then decided to play the now stereotypical ‘humans killed the world’ card.

So in the land that is meant to portray to you as a child that ‘anything is possible’ – just like it was for me when my parents fortunately took me from 1983 onwards – very little actually happens despite some terrific visual effects, leaving this as a very glitzy, but hollow, disappointment.

And that leaves a film that is trying so hard to be the ‘Space Mountain’ of roller-coaster movies – ending up being as pedestrian as the ‘People Mover’.

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Cast: George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy, Keegan-Michael Key & Tim Mcgraw

Running Time: 2 Hrs 10 Mins

Director: Brad Bird

Gavin Miller

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