Inspired by a Disneyland theme-park ride, peppy sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland: A World Beyond finds George Clooney’s grizzled, grumpy recluse teaming up with Britt Robertson’s bright-eyed, bushy-tailed teenager and an enigmatic, seemingly ageless little girl (Raffey Cassidy) for a world-saving race against time.
The nature of their quest is rather convoluted – it involves magic badges, killer robots, Hugh Laurie’s shifty scientist and a futuristic utopia gone bad - and it takes some rather cumbersome plotting to put all the pieces in place. But when things get going director Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) gives the action plenty of zip and there are some enjoyably inventive set pieces – just wait until you see what’s in store for the Eiffel Tower.
Certificate 12. Runtime 125 mins. Director Brad Bird.
Tomorrowland: A World Beyond is released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on Blu-Ray & DVD from 5th October.
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A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.