At one pivotal moment a central character utters the words “oh bollocks," which seems to sum up the ambitious misfire that is Tomorrowland. The pedigree is first rate, Brad Bird the acclaimed director of The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, and most recently Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol, hot screenwriter Damon Lindelof (World War Z, Star Trek into Darkness) and pretty boy George Clooney headlining a talented cast. The result is a sporadic visual wonder interspersed by dead spots espousing positive messages about making our own destiny, and make sure the dreamers stick together. By the way the world is going to end in approximately 58 days.
The film opens awkwardly, as Frank (Clooney) and Casey (Robertson) take turns to tell the story of a world of promise that is now on a downward spiral. Cut to Frank (Thomas Robinson) as a young boy visiting the 1964 New York World’s Fair, he shows off his jet pack, and is rejected by braniac Nix (Laurie). However a young girl Athena (Raffey Cassidy) gives him a pin and click click he’s in the advanced playground called Tomorrowland. The Casey story takes over as we witness her trying to stop the deconstruction of the local NASA station, that employs her engineer father played by Tim McGraw. Athena drops a pin into her backpack and soon she is travelling to the alternate world of Tomorrowland. Frank is now a handsome hermit and together with Athena they attempt to stop the world from destroying itself. Casey represents the side of positivity whereas Nix represents the negative and cynical, he spouts a philosophy justifying the end of days, pontificating to his captives and therefore humanity, “You want to sink.”
In a season of Hollywood sequels and genre pics, the ambition of Tomorrowland is to be admired, however the execution is disappointing. Raffey Cassidy is a young actor to watch.