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TOMORROWLAND

SYNOPSIS: 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.

Review by Louise Keller:
Anything is possible in this upbeat action thriller in which hope is the glue that connects the future with the past. As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, Brad Bird's film plays like a giant rollercoaster ride, complete with thrilling peaks and troughs, appealing to all ages with its genuine sense of fun, originality and brilliant structure. Bristling with imagination and wonderfully executed with a cast and characters that defy logic, the film plays with concepts of time, enveloped by themes of home.

The future can be scary, George Clooney's Frank tells us at the beginning of the film, explaining that things were different when he was a kid. The subsequent flashback to 1964 at the New York World Fair, when the young Frank enters his Jetpack into the Inventor's Competition works beautifully, largely due to the casting of Thomas Robinson, who not only resembles Clooney as we imagine him as a boy, but delivers a terrific performance. He is an optimistic dreamer with talent to match. His adventure begins as soon as he meets Athena (Raffey Cassidy is extraordinary), the serious little girl with the freckled face, who declares 'I am the future' and guides him with the help of a distinctive pin adorned with the letter T.

A taste of Casey Newton's background is next and Britt Robertson is excellent. With ambitions are high as the stars, Casy is a girl with ideas and never gives up. Just a touch of the pin she is given, takes her to another reality - she is hooked. Watch for the scene in which she ventures to Blast From the Past, a tacky Texan shop of collectables where things become interesting - and amusing.

The narrative simply flows and it is inevitable that Frank (Clooney), Athena and Casey become inextricably connected as the past, the present and the future catch up with each other. Clooney as the now jaded adult Frank grounds the film with his charisma (what's not to like about Clooney?), but it's great credit to Newton and Cassidy that they hold their own against him. Hugh Laurie is well cast as David Nix.

The brilliant climactic scene set in Paris is a spectacular showstopper and it's non-stop action as the exposition reaches its inevitable conclusion, leaving us inspired, stimulated and uplifted. Bringing all today's issues such as wars, climate change and famine into focus, Tomorrowland is a blast of a film, in praise of dreamers, making things right and feeding the optimist in us all.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

TOMORROWLAND (PG)
(US, 2015)

CAST: George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Hugh Laurie

PRODUCER: Brad Bird, Jeffrey Chernov, Damon Lindelof

DIRECTOR: Brad Bird

SCRIPT: Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Claudio Miranda

EDITOR: Walter Murch, Craig Wood

MUSIC: Michael Giacchino

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Scott Chambliss

RUNNING TIME: 130 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Walt Disney Studio

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: May 28, 2015







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