Disney's TOMORROWLAND opens in theaters today!

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From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

b2ap3_thumbnail_tm3.jpgFeaturing a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.  I loved Lost so I knew anything from Damon Lindelof was going to be intriguing!  In this film, you are transported to a shiny land of unique skyscrapers and flying monorails.  The scenes from the earlier years also have nostalgic reminders of the actual Tomorrowland in DisneyWorld.  In fact a few of the scenes were actually filmed at the Carousel of Progress attraction at Walt Disney World in Florida and at the It's a Small World attraction at Disneyland in California.

In the film, a young boy named Frank Walker is imaginative and innovative.  The perfect formula for what the creators of b2ap3_thumbnail_tm2.jpgTomorrowland need to fuel it's continuation.  But he starts to grow up and notices that his best friend, a young girl named Athena isn't.  Frank gets exiled, Athena turns out to be a robot and she goes on to find new recruits in the years that follow. One of those is the super intelligent and perky Casey.  Athena leaves Casey a cool pin that when touched, transports her instantly to a land beyond belief. Casey sets out on a mission to find Frank and get to Tomorrowland. The three main characters form a bond and quick friendship, soon realizing that they must "save the day."  

Kids will love the young characters that are easy to relate to and the action scenes.  Be forewarned, there are some vary intense scenes of bodies being ripped apart, heads being chopped off, etc. but they are all robots that look like humans.  I thing the first scene that was like this sort of made my 8 year old jump as he wasn't expecting it and didn't realize the character was a robot, but once he knew, he was fine with the rest of the film that had similar scenes.  Parents will like the overall message this movie brings, which is that we must take responsibility for our actions as a human race.  We must pay attention to the issues with global warming, war, and riots and continue to grow as a cultural whole.  This movie is only rated PG but I will say that parents should be careful in not taking children that are too young.  The movie is fast-paced, loud, and at times has a few lines that I would not want my children repeating, like "What the Hell" and "Son of a."

 

The film also stars Hugh Laurie as brilliant scientist David Nix, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson.  “Tomorrowland” is produced by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird and Jeffrey Chernov and directed by Brad Bird, with John Walker, Bernard Bellew, Jeff Jensen and Brigham Taylor serving as executive producers. “Tomorrowland” opens in U.S. theaters on May 22, 2015.

 

Rated PG

Run Time: 2 hrs. 10 mins.

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