Ever wanted to go to a world that looks like what people today think people in the 1950s thought the future would be? Now’s your chance. Tomorrowland tells the story of two very different people who go in search of a mysterious land of scientific wonder. Is it a great big beautiful tomorrow or theme park publicity? Well, let’s take a look at the trailer and find out. So who stars in this movie? Our heroine Casey Newton is played by Britt Robertson of The Longest Ride. George Clooney of Gravity and Ocean’s Eleven plays former boy genius inventor Frank Walker. And Hugh Laurie, best known for his role in House M.D., is David Nix. The director is Brad Bird of The Incredibles and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. I love both of those movies, and Bird is famous for being picky about the movies he directs, only getting involved if the story is worth telling. That bodes really well for this movie. The trailer begins with a ticking clock as we hear Frank tell us “Every second that ticks by, the future is running out.” Guess we’ll have to go to the store and get more future. We get glimpses of all kinds of horrible disasters and wars, and then we jump to Casey, who’s apparently just getting out of jail for the crime of being in a Nicholas Sparks movie. As she’s given back her personal items, she discovers a pin she’s never seen before. She picks it up and finds herself in a wheat field, but only when the pin touches her skin. Must be the property of a paranoid farmer.
As Frank tells us of a secret place where nothing is impossible, Casey tries to show the pin’s effects to her father, but the pin doesn’t work for him. Congratulations, empirical science has proven that you’re crazy. Undeterred by her apparent insanity, she tracks down Frank Walker, walks through his holographic guard dog (how rude!), and asks him to take her to the city in the wheat field. He logically responds by blasting her off the front step. Way to break her neck, boy genius. “Where’d you get this?” he asks. “Who are you, kid?” I’m a criminal fresh out of jail who’s hallucinating farmland. You should believe every word I say.
“What you saw,” Frank explains, “was a place where the best and brightest people in the world came together to actually change it.” Their idea of changing the world involved gaudy fashion choices, architecture out of a sci-fi B-movie, and jetpacks. Okay, the last one was cool, but couldn’t these best and brightest people be doing something about war or poverty or crime? I want hovercars too, but you can’t feed the hungry with a hovercar. “We’ve been looking for someone like you for a very long time,” Frank tells Casey. Petty criminals do so much good for the future. “Why?” Casey asks. “Did something happen over there? Something bad?” Because you’re clearly the person to fix it. If I were you, that wouldn’t be my first guess. Also, I’m calling it now: Hugh Laurie is the villain. He appeared on the line “something bad” so he has to be evil.
Then people with laser guns show up, apparently following Casey. Frank locks down the house as the bad guys shoot up the place. Then he pulls Casey into the bathtub with him. “How is this a good idea?” Casey asks. I mean, it’s a logical question, but you did see the holographic dog, right? Don’t question the bathtub, especially since it rockets into the air, sending them sailing to safety. Hey, if Indy can survive a refrigerator.
The two science geeks pick up another kid as Frank says, “There’s only one way in and they know we’re coming, so follow me.” The girls follow him past a steampunk computer and up into an equally steampunk rocket. Also, the new girl has a laser gun. Now I’m intrigued to see what she does in the movie. They arrive in Tomorrowland and are greeted by futuristic Rock’em Sock’em Robots. New girl saves Casey from an exploding building, David Nix shows off his view of Earth, and Casey asks, “Why me?” As we see Paris flooding, Nix tells her Frank “thinks you can fix the future.” Because of course random girl who likes science is exactly the person to choose for this.
We see the pin moved into a special slot as the ground opens up and a rocket climbs up what appears to be the Eiffel Tower. The bad guys leap through the air and punch the glass, but the rocket takes off with an EMP-like charge that plunges Paris into darkness. Call me crazy, but that seems like a design flaw. “You wanted to see Tomorrowland?” asks Frank. “Here it comes.” Now I can’t tell whether he’s talking to Casey or to the audience.
So based on the trailer, do I recommend this movie? Yes, yes I do. It’s got an intriguing premise, a fun vibe, and talented people behind it. Also, kudos to the trailers for not giving too much away (well, except for #3 that basically shows the entire first fight scene). The plot, much like the future itself, is shrouded in mystery. I don’t feel like I know anything about what happens past how everything gets started, and I still can’t wait to see this movie in theaters. That’s how you do a marketing campaign, people. So yes, movie promotional material, in answer to your question, I do want to go. If only to find out how they land that flying bathtub. Tomorrowland is owned by Walt Disney Pictures.