Tomorrowland (2015)

logoDirector: Brad Bird

Writer: Brad Bird, Damon Lindelof (Screenplay) Brad Bird, Damon Lindelof, Jeff Jensen (Story)

Starring: George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key

Plot: Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Ambitious Idea

Story: Tomorrowland starts with Frank (Clooney) trying to prepare us to the world we are going into where we learn of his love of science from the moment he entered the world invention competition at a tender young age where he meets Nix (Laurie) who is impressed with his work along with Athena (Cassidy) but as the invention doesn’t fully work he gets dismissed. Athena likes the idea and gives Frank instructions to a world where the future has already taken over, but the older version still has the warning with an impending clock counting down.

Casey (Robertson) brings a fresh prospective to the story because she is an optimist as we follow her choice to make a platform from being destroyed and saving her father Eddie’s (McGraw) job. When she get caught upon her release she is left with a mysterious pin that upon touching takes her to a mysterious world, Tomorrowland.

Still not sure what is happening Casey looks for answer which Athena tries to bring her as Athena searches for people who can save Tomorrowland from a future threat. Which means getting to the stage where Casey meets Frank and make up for a creation which witnesses the end of the world, but Tomorrowland is nothing like any of them imagined.

Tomorrowland can not be fault for actually trying to think outside the box and being original, in a year where we had a large amount of successful sequels it had been a rare thing to see something like this, this year. I did like the idea of working between the two dimensions and that we are looking into the idea of the world ending. What I didn’t like was the way too long of an introduction to each character and not enough time in the Tomorrowland. I can’t help but love the ideas used this film and think it needs to be watch.

Actor Review

George Clooney: Frank Walker is the man who was exiled from Tomorrowland and lives in isolation, he knows the world is going to end and has just accepted it. When he meets Casey he learns that he could in fact change the future once and for all leading him to go back into Tomorrowland to change the future and save the world. George gives a good performance that really works in a grumpy old man performance.frank

Hugh Laurie: Nix is the leader of Tomorrowland where he rules knowing that the world will end, he is happy for the world to end because him and his people are safe in a new world. Hugh is criminally underutilized in this film we should have seen him in a much more villainous role like the one created than this.nix

Britt Robertson: Casey Newton is the rebellious teenager who gets selected by Athena as the potential savour of the world, she gets attracted by Tomorrowland and ends up having to fight for the world, but ends up asking too many questions through the film. Britt steps out of no where to end up becoming one of the potential break out stars of the year.casey

Raffey Cassidy: Athena is the little girl who recruits the dreamers of the world to come to Tomorrowland but after she is banished she searches for the people who can help save Tomorrowland from its potential destruction. She is a robot and has been trained to defeat all enemies in combat. Raffey really is the star performer in this film nailing all the scenes where the image of her character never seems to fit in the performance.athena

Support Cast: Tomorrowland has the basic supporting cast with the family of Casey that all work to show her almost being held back from her potential along with the robots hunting them down that all look very much out of place.

Director Review: Brad BirdBrad gives us such an ambitious project that does need to get more respect than the box office scores show it having.

Action: Tomorrowland has good action but really is just standard fight scenes throughout.

Adventure: Tomorrowland puts Casey on a brilliant adventure that takes her to a new world puts her life in peril which all works well for an adventure film.

Family: Tomorrowland could be one for all the family to enjoy with something everyone will enjoy.

Mystery: Tomorrowland does leave you wondering what is actually happening with the characters and Tomorrowland.

Sci-Fi: Tomorrowland brings us into a future world where dreamers are encouraged rather than pushed down which all works to show the difference between the two worlds.

Settings: Tomorrowland creates a beautiful world for Tomorrowland while the Earth settings are very generic.world
Special Effects: Tomorrowland has flawless settings with what is going on in the Tomorrowland because it needs to look amazing for the idea in the film.

Suggestion: Tomorrowland is one to try I think most people will enjoy it more than they would think. (Try It)

Best Part: Britt Robertson and Raffey Cassidy both are great.

Worst Part: Not enough with Nix.

Favourite Quote: Nix Every day is the opportunity for a better tomorrow.

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Could have one.

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $208 Million

Budget: $190 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 10 Minutes

Tagline: Imagine a place where nothing is impossible.

Overall: Brilliantly ambitious that could be one of the best original ideas this year

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World War Z (2013)

posterDirector: Marc Forster

Writer: Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, Damon Lindelof (Screenplay) Max Brooks (Book)

Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Ludi Boeken, Matthew Fox, Fana Mokoena, David Morse, Peter Capaldi

Story: Retired United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt) has to use his former connection Thierry (Mokoena) to save his family from a zombie outbreak. Racing against near impossible odds he makes it, but there is a price for his family’s safety. Gerry has to go back into the field and try to discover the origin of the disease. This leads Gerry on a worldwide trip for answers and along the way he meets a string of characters.

 

Verdict: After reading the book I was unsure how to look at this film especially having a main character unlike the book. In the end it turns out very clever and instead of just trying to copy a story from the book it creates its own encounters with one overviewing character. Due to some high tension throughout you hardly even recognise that you have a huge name actor in the lead role. Another thing that really adds to this story is the range of different characters Gerry meets, each one offer something to his mission along with an alternative theory on what is happening.

Action: Some good chase scenes be it car or on foot (9/10)

Horror: for a zombie film this is more about the survival rather than the very graphic death scene which does take some horror out of the film but still leave you in a horrific scenario (9/10)

Thriller: From the first step of each scene you feel the tension raising each encounter leads to more edge of your seat scenarios much like the books encounters. (10/10)

Special Effects: A lot of CGI but some good effects for the closer encounter scenes (8/10)

Settings: The settings for all the encounters are very different and all have interesting outcomes (9/10)

Suggestion: When it comes to anything with zombies in I usually suggest to all horror fans and not many others, but with this one I feel it could be enjoyed by all action thriller fans too. The main reason for this is that the zombies are very almost PG and even though there are deaths they just are not very graphic, which is usually the turn off for certain viewers. The whole film feeling created is very similar to the aftermath in ‘I Am Legend’ along with the situations created in ‘2012’ so if you enjoyed either of these I feel you will enjoy this. (9/10)

Star Performance: Brad Pitt – pretty much because he holds each scene together even though some of the characters steal parts of scenes it’s his ability to look the part that gets him this pick

Favourite Character: Captain Speke (James Badge Dale) – A very interesting solider who has survived the outbreak with his platoon.  

 

Best Part: I will pick the bicycle scene because I enjoyed the uniqueness of the idea.

Worst Part: Even though it is one of the best parts the whole zombie building some form of ladder to climb over the wall is very farfetched even for me.

Favourite Quote: ‘Most people don’t believe something can happen until it already has. That’s not stupidity or weakness, that’s just human nature’.

Trivia: Matthew Fox has a bigger role in the film which would have built up to being a human villain in a potential sequel, but due to re-writes his role ended up having only FIVE lines.

Similar Too: I Am Legend

Overall: A thrill ride from start to finish sit back and enjoy the story unfold

Rating 89%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

star trek into darknessDirector: J.J. Abrams

Writer: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof (Screenplay)

Gene Roddenberry (Characters)

Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Benedict Cumberbatch, Annton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller, Alice Eve, Noel Clarke

 

Story: Kirk (Pine) returns along with his crew to take on a smilingly unstoppable man John Harrison (Cumberbatch). Harrison starts a war against star fleet but can Kirk stop a terror from within before it is too late?

 

Verdict

 

Action: From the opening chase sequences to the in space classic Star Trek battle scene. Fills all the check boxes in action pack sci-fi (10/10)

 

Sci-Fi: Everything a Star trek fan will want and plenty to keep a casual sci-fi interested without full blown ‘geeking’ it out. (10/10)

 

Special Effects: top draw special effects all round (10/10)

 

Settings: Teasing the inclusion of the kligons and one of their home worlds is a very good touch. (9/10)

 

Suggestion: A top draw sci-fi film that continues a franchise and can easily draw in a casual viewer. (9/10)

 

Best Part: The build to the final battle plays out brilliantly

 

Worst Part: Lens flares

 

Star Performance: Zachary Quinto

Favourite Character: Bones

 

Poor Performance:  Alice Eve (not so much her fault just a needless character)

 

Least Favourite Character: Carol

 

Favourite Quote: John Harrison ‘You think your world is safe? It is an illusion, a comforting lie told to protect you, enjoy these final moments of peace, for I have returned to have my vengeance, so shall we begin?’

 

Overall: A blockbuster that will leave you out of breath, The film is full of everything you would like in a action sci-fi film and adding in Bones one liners to lighten the mood adds a lot. The big reveal of the villain was one of the worst kept secrets in the build, but doesn’t need to be in their in all fairness as Harrison being an unknown makes him come off extra evil. In the end just cause Star Trek is classed a geek or nerd followed film tv show J.J Abrams has turned into a more main stream film that should be enjoyed by all.

 

Rating 90%