Monday, October 19, 2015

The Future's Not So Bright in "Tomorrowland"

After a disappointing run in the theater, Walt Disney Home Entertainment takes home viewers to "Tomorrowland." Director and Co-Writer Brad Bird brings audiences his vision of the future and it's nowhere near bright enough for us to have to wear shades. Here is a film which works as the perfect example of a good idea gone bad when put into action.

Whenever Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) touches a lapel pin with the letter T on it, she finds herself transported to "Tomorrowland," a city filled with huge robots and sleek buildings. The gifted young woman recruits the help of scientist Frank Walker (George Clooney), a previous visitor to Tomorrowland, who years ago made a startling discovery about the future. Together, the two adventurers travel to the metropolis to uncover its mysterious secrets.

The special effects and CGI for "Tomorrowland" are up to par for the most part. There is one sequence towards the end that takes the viewer out of the viewing experience with weak green-screen. It really puzzles me as to how filmmakers can get it right so often but totally drop the ball on a pivotal scene.

"Tomorrowland" is rated PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and peril, thematic elements, and language. There are also some frightening and intense scenes that might scare younger audiences. The profanity really wasn't necessary and could have easily been avoided.

The Blu-ray edition of "Tomorrowland's" contains plenty of bonus material to thrill fans of the movie and those who enjoy digging into what goes on behind the scenes of a big-budget production. "Remembering the Future: A Personal Journey Through Tomorrowland with Brad Bird," "Casting 'Tomorrowland,'" "A Great Big Beautiful Scoring Session," and "Brad Bird Production Diaries" all explore the making of the film. There are also more special features like a Blast from the Past Commercial, "The Origins of Plus Ultra" short film, and outtakes from "The World of Tomorrow Science Hour - Hosted By Futurologist David Nix." We also get six deleted scenes with filmmaker introductions.

As much as I hate saying it, "Tomorrowland" isn't nearly as thrilling as the title promises. The film is fraught with plot holes and characters doing things that just don't make sense. All their efforts push an already weak storyline along to its strangely lackluster but bombastic and frenzied conclusion. It's a whole lot of build-up to a rather disappointing and pointlessly noisy finale.

"Tomorrowland" is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and as a Digital Download.