Tomorrowland (2015)

Oh Disney, where did this go so wrong?   You have such talent available at your finger tips, such vision, huge resources, and this is the best you can do?  A disjointed, mess of a movie, with a story line that only “clicks” about 10 minutes from the end, and I say click barely.

I actually don’t know how to describe the storyline, because I am still unsure myself what it was all about.  I believe there is some morality or warning about what will happen if we don’t get our act together and do something about climate change.  But I could be mistaken.

George Clooney takes on the role of Frank Walker, a young inventor who tries to impress at the 1964 World Fair with his jetpack that doesn’t quite work.  Disheartened and rejected, Athena (Raffey Cassidy) see’s hope in him and shows him a world of such futuristic technology he is amazed.

Here is where we start to get off the rails quickly.  We have robots as humans, and robots as well, robots.  We have time travel thrown in, jetting back and forth between the present and the future.

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The movie is a complete disaster.  

Britt Robertson (from Under the Dome) is the modern day hopeful that seeks out the older Frank Walker to help her understand what is going on.   We are truly behind Britt in this quest, because the audience is equally as clueless as to what is going on.

Tim McGraw pops up (yes the country singer) as her NASA engineer father who is her complete inspiration, and in his defense, he like us, has no real clue what is going on.  You may think he is acting, but I think this is truly genuine.

Every story needs a bad guy, and Nix (played by 

Hugh Laurie) is our token bad guy, except he isn’t, or is he?  Is just misunderstood?  I don’t know.  I don’t care!

And there in lies the problem with this one, you really don’t care what is going with this story.  There is no character loyalty built up.

Now with all that said, the movie looks spectacular.   The sets are beautiful and quality and attention to detail is as you would expect from this level of Disney investment ($190M).   For those fans and familiar with DisneyLand and DisneyWorld will enjoy the references, complete with tunes from some of the famous rides.   I may never sit in the Its a Small World ride in the same way ever again.

This could have been such a great movie and re-watching the trailer I see where I was sold a bill of goods.

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Viewing Date
Wednesday, 23rd September 2015

Rating
4/10

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National Treasure (2004)

What is that old saying, even a stopped clock is right twice a day?  Well, you can apply the same logic to Nicolas Cage movies.  The sheer volume of dross that the man puts out, you can easily relegate him to B movies, but every so often a vehicle comes along that makes you think, wow that wasn’t half bad.  National Treasure, from Disney, is one such vehicle.

Bringing together all the conspiracy theories regarding the history of the USA into one movie, weaved around a Raiders Of the Lost Ark story you have a highly paced family thriller, with plenty of action and humor.

The plot involves Ben Gates (Cage) and his side kick Riley (Justin Bartha), following a series of clues to uncover the Templar Treasure.   This was all being bank rolled by Ian Howe (Sean Bean), who becomes a little impatient and then basically becomes the bad guy of the story.   Not to give away a huge plot line, but this is one of the few movies where Sean Bean actually survives, even though he is the villain.

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One of the big plot moves is when they decide to steal the Declaration of Independence.   What is highly amusing about this, is just how many times the characters say the full phrase

Declaration of Independence as if it was a product placement.   You would think in a real life situation, they would simply refer to it ‘as that document’.

Diane Kruger is along for the ride as the loyal government employee turned co-conspirator that aids Gates and Riley in their mission.   Other big named supporting characters include Gate’s father,

Jon Voight, and Harvey Keitel as the FBI agent who is hunting him down.

What makes this movie so watchable is the very catchy soundtrack that accompanies each scene.   Very orchestral and dare I say John Williams feel, though not quite to his standard.

Disney definitely milked this series for a few more sequels, but none managed to get anywhere near the slickness of this first outing.  This movie definitely helped Nicholas Cage with his credibility, as the lead role could have easily been played by another without too much effort.

A good clean family movie that can be enjoyed without worrying about upsetting the morality or offending any of their young minds.   Just remind them, that not all Cage movies are this good – don’t fill their wee heads with foolish notions.

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Viewing Date
Sunday, 20th September 2015

Rating
7/10

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