Tomorrowland
PG
Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: +2

George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidey, Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw. Sci-fi-action/adventure. Directed by Brad Bird.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor, now a grumpy unshaven hermit, embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory. The title comes from the futuristic section of Disneyland.

PREVIEW REVIEW: My reaction through the first half hour of Tomorrowland: The magic of Close Encounters, the heart of E.T. Alas, the 130 minutes of magical gismos began losing their luster soon after that first act, and the heart took on a decidedly manufactured or perhaps robotic synthetic feel. Thereís a message in the meandering narrative, given by the semi-bad guy nearing the end in a far too long diatribe. Iím keeping that last sentence, because while it is badly written, itís much like the film: the elements are all there, itís just not well constructed.

The teenager (played by a woman in her mid-twenties) is good, the little girl/robot is very good, and Clooney is, well, Clooney, still likable under the gruff and grizzly exterior. Heís a true movie star, but thereís nothing special in his performance and the part could have been played by nearly every man in Tinseltown. In fact, the film takes on a different mood when he is introduced and somehow it loses its wonder. How a film loses its wonder with the introduction of the biggest movie star in the world is a mystery, but thatís what happens. Heís a little too cynical and much too antagonistic.

Though only rated PG, I found the jolting violence to be excessive, the director knowing just how far he could go with action and language before crossing over into PG-13-land.

The trailer was exciting and promising, but the production fails as a movie, as a message and as a commercial for the theme park.

DVD Alternatives: E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Metropolis, Forbidden Planet, Star Wars, The Iron Giant.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Disney

Summary
Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: There are several mild expletives Ė damns and hells Ė mostly by the embittered Clooney character, but some from the lead teen, as well.
Profanity: I caught no misuse of Godís name other than the occasional ďOh my GodĒ phrase, which ironically shows up in every film where no one professes to believe in God.
Violence: Lots of battles and shootings, bad robots nonchalantly kill a real person; the little girl/robot gets hit by a car, then later must do battle with big bad guys before getting blasted.
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: None
Other: None
Running Time: 130 minutes
Intended Audience: Older kids and up

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