Film review: Tomorrowland: A World Beyond (12A)***

Tomorrowland: A World Beyond

Tomorrowland: A World Beyond

Larry Lamb as Brian Reader, Phil Daniels as Danny Jones and David Calder as Terry Perkins.

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Sharing its title with the futuristic kingdom in Disney theme parks, Tomorrowland is a big budget science-fiction adventure directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles), about two strangers, who travel to another dimension where their actions have an impact on the past and present.

At the 1964 World Fair, a young boy called Frank Walker (Thomas Robinson) takes a magical trip to a world called Tomorrowland in the company of a girl called Athena (Raffey Cassidy) by touching a lapel pin emblazoned with a capital T.

Android leaders of Tomorrowland discover young Frank and return him to the dull, lifeless world we know.

Many years later, Frank (now played by George Clooney) is a grizzled, world weary inventor, who is haunted by his memories of Tomorrowland and the beautiful Athena.

A spirited young woman called Casey Newton (Britt Robertson), who has glimpsed this futuristic realm by touching her own lapel pin, gatecrashes Frank’s life at the most inopportune moment.

Together, they travel to Tomorrowland, where Frank is reunited with Athena and he discovers that the fairytale realm has been corrupted by power and greed.

Bird also co-produced and wrote the screenplay with Damon Lindelof.

The script is heavily influenced by Walt Disney’s optimistic philosophy of innovation and utopia, such as his conceptual vision for a planned community known as Epcot (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow).

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