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by Nate Sala
Once upon a time it was the 21st century; and in the 21st century dystopian stories ruled the day. From renewed interest in Brave New World and 1984 to their watered down, contemporary counterparts Hunger Games and Divergent, stories of societies beyond the brink saturated the culture. In the midst of this doomsday zeitgeist Tomorrowland emerged.
Not as another echo amongst the din of apocalyptic narratives, but as a rather sophisticated and percipient challenger to the status quo. And so it was with a glad heart that I recently sat in the movie theater absorbing the awesomeness that is the story of Tomorrowland. Before I get into specifics, let me just say up front: I wholeheartedly recommend this film as both a thrilling adventure for the whole family as well as a thoughtful critique of our current, cultural disposition.
Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) is the daughter of a soon-to-be laid-off NASA engineer who is doing everything in her power to ensure her father remains employed. But when her latest antic lands her in jail, she’s left with no options and a mysterious pin that was given to her by the equally mysterious Athena (Raffey Cassidy). When Casey touches the pin she sees a futuristic city bustling with people and never-before-seen technology. Thing is: no one else can see what Casey can. So the question is: Does this world really exist? Her journey to find answers leads her to the doorstep of Frank Walker (George Clooney), a reclusive inventor of very odd, yet cool gadgets (think Doc Brown without the crazy hair and buffoonery). Along the way Casey discovers she’s being followed by creepy Agent Smith wannabes with superhuman strength as well as the acrobatic, karate-chopping Athena. At the center of everything is Tomorrowland, a city that Casey knows she must get back to at all costs.
Within the first 20 minutes of the film, I thought to myself: “This movie is like The Goonies meets The Wizard of Oz.” Tomorrowland retains a welcome Spielberg/Lucas aesthetic replete with explosions, energy, and acrobatic action ala Indiana Jones. I say “welcome” because we haven’t quite seen the chemistry and magic inherent in a Spielberg/Lucas production in over 20 years. Yet director Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) and writer Damon Lindelof (ABC’s LOST, Prometheus) have captured that exhilaration of adventure, the thrill of mystery. The same sense of excitement and wonder we had for Indiana Jones as he searched for the Ark of the Covenant or the Holy Grail is here again surrounding Casey’s journey to solve the mystery of Tomorrowland…
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