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Film Review: “Tomorrowland” by Blade Brown

Plot: Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory.

Review: It’s extremely hard to review a movie with giving away spoilers. The fact that the marketing for this movie keeps everyone in the dark as to what the movie is about doesn’t help much either. After viewing the movie, its understandable why they want you in the dark, as the story is  a major disappointment.

Walking into a movie blind sometimes has its benefits. As I did earlier this year with “Ex Machina“, sometimes you can be blown away. This film however, did not do that. In fact, despite it being visually amazing it’s an overall boring movie. So boring, I dosed off during a pivotal moment in the movie. Luckily, I saw the movie with my daughter and she was able to tell me the big revelation that I missed. Unfortunately, it wasn’t that big a deal. Even my daughter said “You didn’t miss much”. Which is sad when I realized that the big explanation of the movie was a total let down.

To be fair, it’s not like this movie doesn’t try. George Clooney and Hugh Laurie (in a rare performance where he speaks with his natural accent) do their parts justice. Up and coming young actresses Britt Robertson and Raffey Cassidy are full of energy and have great chemistry together. Even comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Kathryn Hahn are fun to watch in their brief cameos. But as talented as the cast is, it can’t save this movie. A movie I really wanted to like.

As mentioned, visually the film is amazing. Brad Bird (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) has a keen eye for action. The scenes with Athena (Raffey) are all fun, as she does some amazing stunts. The battle at Frank’s (Clooney) house that is featured in the movie’s trailer is just as fun as advertised. And we are treated to spectacular scenes as we get flashes of Tomorrowland. But the bland and uninteresting plot completely works against the movie.

The overall message of wanting kids to be inspired and dream big is admirable. But the finished product is an uneven mess that while is at times great to look at, a snooze fest. Save your money, and catch this one on Blu Ray.
Rating: 4/10

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brandonw • June 16, 2015


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