Tomorrowland leaves us wanting more.
Known for his work on “Ratatouille” and “The Incredibles”, Brad Bird directed and co-wrote “Tomorrowland” with Damon Lindelof. Taking viewers on an exciting and entertaining future, the movie appeals to people of all ages, giving us an insight of what could possibly become of us.
Given that it’s the new age and as technology further develops, it only made sense for Bird and Lindelof to produce a film which fully utilises the art of technology to convey a message about the future. Sounds pretty interesting, no?
“Tomorrowland” is a story of Casey Newton (played by Britt Robertson), a determined teenage girl who would stop at nothing to get what she wants. For example, to help keep her father’s career going, she constantly caused trouble at a NASA space centre before she was eventually arrested. Having made bail, Casey was confused to find a pin with the letter “T” on it among her belongings. Now, if you think that was weird, you’re in for a surprise, much like Casey was.
As she touched the pin, Casey was shocked and rather confused to find herself in an open wheat field where she could see a large magical place in a near distance. Convinced that she was losing her mind, she made her dad touch the pin too but it didn’t work so Casey went on an adventure.
As she tried to make her way to the magical place, the pin’s battery life runs out and Casey heads on an adventure to find the makers of the pin.
As she goes on her adventure, she finds herself at a toy store called “Blast From The Past” where she meets 2 weirdos – in the form of robots that look human. There, they try to kill her as they demand information on her pin’s origins. It is there that she meets Athena (played by Raffey Cassidy), another robot in the form of a young girl, the one who gave Casey the pin.
Together, they go looking for Frank Walker ( played by George Clooney). Who is Frank Walker, you ask? Well, let’s backtrack a to the first maybe 30 minutes of the movie. As a kid, Frank Walker attended the 1964 New York World’s Fair in hopes of winning the the contest that year. Unfortunately for him, his invention – a jet pack, didn’t work so his submission was rejected by David Nix (played by Hugh Laurie), the governor of Tomorrowland.
Fortunately for him, Athena gives him a pin and he manages to get into the secret but gorgeous world of Tomorrowland before he gets exiled after years of developing things for the new world.
Now that you know who Frank is, let’s go back to Casey and Athena. We apologise if you find our review rather confusing with the back-tracking and fast-forwarding. Trust us when we say that it’ll make sense once you’ve watched the movie.
Anyway, back to Casey. She gets dropped off at Frank’s house and there, she learns about Frank’s inventions before they get hunted down by a team of robots who wants them dead. The duo escape and gather with Athena and make their way to Tomorrowland. Alas, as soon as they get there, they find pretty much everything in ruins.
There, Casey learns about what the future of earth could be – destruction, showing that earth will come to an end in the near future. Determined to change things, Casey finds a way to fix the problem but she is faced with Nix, who refuses to help her.
According to Nix, only certain people were chosen and allowed to live in Tomorrowland. His belief was that if they allowed greedy humans to enter, Tomorrowland will be just as destructive as the Earth and this actually hit me hard, really hard.
Despite the movie being a little confusing and draggy at some parts, “Tomorrowland” is undeniably a brilliant and brave movie. It sent a message loud and clear, and will leave you thinking about preserving the future.
Watch the trailer here:
The movie is slated for release on 22nd May 2015.